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Old 10-24-2009, 10:03 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

Am once again interested in the Whelen, especially if I can find a good longrange bullet.

Must be some business opportunity here? .358 seems much more versatile than either .338 or .375, especially since you can share bullets with .357 handguns. Have a S&W 8-3/8" model 27 and some 170 and 180gr silhouette bullets plus several molds. Very versatile combo, I'm thinking.

Lyman cast bullet handbook shows about full velocity for .35cal rifle bullets. Most smaller calibers from 8mm on down are usually about 2/3 rated for pressure and bearing area of bullet, or leading.

A 300+ gr bullet with .700 or higher ballistic coefficient would really be something...

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Old 10-24-2009, 11:03 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

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Might want to give RL 17 a try in your Whelen for more velocity.

I've been working with RL17 in my 35 Whelen. I'm getting very good results with 250gr. bullets. Right with, or faster than 338 Win mag. It's hard to believe. This powder is amazing.
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Old 10-25-2009, 12:01 PM
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I read Alliant's web site info last week, and while RL-17 data is there for almost any rifle application but the largest magnums, it seems most beneficial to moderate capacity ctgs, esp those 4064 or faster powders. Not much reason to use it in H&H case magnums, but maybe it would shine in .458 and .450 Marlin especially.

About 12 yrs ago I picked up a takeoff rem 700 bdl barrel in .35 whelen. Mounted it up and fired it for about 30-40 rds of handloads using 200gr Rem Core-lokt and 250gr speer spitzers. Nice, and a good woods-carry rifle up where I live; but was more intrigued by the .338/300 for power.

Yet, a couple weeks ago got a .35 whelen AI custom barrel that was like new in a deal, plus dies and 200 more pcs of brass. Now with about 500 pcs of brass and about 400 bullets, plus the new powder to work with; seems like a great opportunity. Oh, yeah.... Have another 400 170gr gold dot and sierra pistol bullets also.

Eric, Would sure appreciate your sharing some of your starting point data. If you haven't read the German Salazar article over at 6mmBR.com, it is worth a read for sure. I will have to save this one for reference, but absence of pressure signs with compressed loads and 300fps gains from the .284 Winchester are just WOW!

Was thinking of a .338/284 for a standard boltface short bodied ctg, as I am not a velocity hound; but saw an article by McPherson on wildcatting the .284 and in there he suggests that .375 is the optimum neck-up for the .284 unless you AI the shoulder and then .411 is feasible.

The .375 does have all the chey-tac activity going for it, so maybe lost river ballistics has bullets?

Aside from 225 Sierra and Nosler ballistic tip, there just don't seem to be any decent bullets to work with in .358 cal... Have you tried any cast bullets???
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Old 10-25-2009, 07:23 PM
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Hey Edward, I sent you a PM. Please let me know how you do with it. I wish I had the AI chamber like you do.
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:06 PM
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Re: .35 whelen loads

you can rent a reamer and make yours a ai chamber or have a gunsmith do it for you i have one from the 50's it's on a 35 whelen bull barrel shoots great!
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Old 10-25-2009, 08:41 PM
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I could get it done, but it's shooting good and I'm not going to mess with it.
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Re: .35 whelen loads

Barnes has a new .358 180 grainer in TTSX that is working great in my Whelen.

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