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Old 07-06-2012, 01:41 PM
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As far as cold load testing, just go buy another freezer and a gas generator to run it with, and if the wife asks why you spent so much load testing you can just say that you'll have so much more knowledge of your rifle that the freezer will be full come fall. And you might just need a bigger pick-up to cart your test set-up around in. That's what I'm telling my wife.
Now I really like the way you're thinking!

kstrick, congrats on getting your loads figured out. Sure is fun when they shoot so well isn't it. Have you decided which bullet (168 or 190) you're going to hunt with?
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:57 PM
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O.K., parka is a bit old. But When it's -20 f and the wind's a blowin', you need to be in insulated coveralls, coat, etc and have good boots and hat, or you'll be an ice cube in short order. It will change what's happening with the rifle.

As far as cold load testing, just go buy another freezer and a gas generator to run it with, and if the wife asks why you spent so much load testing you can just say that you'll have so much more knowledge of your rifle that the freezer will be full come fall. And you might just need a bigger pick-up to cart your test set-up around in. That's what I'm telling my wife.
Got it!! Or you could locate your freezer near the garage door and shoot from outside the garage to over 2000 yards Thats what I do.. Problem is the freezer is full of dead elk. Well only 1/2 full this time of year I guess.

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Old 07-06-2012, 07:51 PM
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Got it!! Or you could locate your freezer near the garage door and shoot from outside the garage to over 2000 yards Thats what I do.. Problem is the freezer is full of dead elk. Well only 1/2 full this time of year I guess.

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10 mile trip to a 100 yard range, or forty mile trip to my cousin's land if I need to get out farther. The local range is getting rebuilt to 100 and 200 though. That will help some.
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Old 07-07-2012, 04:17 AM
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Got out to the range to test H1000 and RL22 with the 200gr Accubonds. Numbers were very respectable with the velocity edge going to RL22. At the recommendation of my local shop owner, I threw Federal Mag primers into the mix, normally use Winchester Mag primers. I did see any advantage in the chrono or accuracy to switch my primers to Federals. My best data for 200gr AB with RL22 clocked in the 3040fps range. The equivalent load for H100 were in the 2980fps range. Both displayed acceptable accuracy. Once this heat wave ends, I'll take the rifle back to the range for pure accuracy testing with the 200's.

Per the comments earlier, I'm leaning towards the heavier Accubond (200gr) for the timber we'll be hunting. There is also a possibility that snow could force us down to the lower elevations, which the Outfitter described as longer "plains-like" shots. The longer bullet should help me there with BC and retained energy.

To complicate matters, I found a New-in-box Remington 700 Classic (1988 edition) in 35 Whelen. Now I am going to be torn between developing a 300WM Elk load and 35 Whelen load. I already have a collection of Nosler 225gr Accubonds for my 358win rifle. They will make a dandy Elk load in the 35 Whelen.
Jake, I ran the 200 PT's with RL22 in my old 300WM. It ran about 2940, but it was accurate and worked well. One of my favorites. Wanna try it in the 300WSM soon.

As to your Whelen, lay into some RL15 and you will have a load in no time with that Classic. I have the CDL right now, but it shoots well. 225's at 2750 is a great load and will be using the AB's this Fall for my elk hunt. Good luck with them.

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Jake, I ran the 200 PT's with RL22 in my old 300WM. It ran about 2940, but it was accurate and worked well. One of my favorites. Wanna try it in the 300WSM soon.

As to your Whelen, lay into some RL15 and you will have a load in no time with that Classic. I have the CDL right now, but it shoots well. 225's at 2750 is a great load and will be using the AB's this Fall for my elk hunt. Good luck with them.

The 220 speer fp is worth a look see also in the wheelen. My brother pitches those with rl15 in his ruger. I put him on that cartridge when he was looking at the 338 win and fed. He didn't like how my 338 punched him and didn't like the slow little fed with it's huge powder compression. He's been happy with the 35 so far.
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Old 07-07-2012, 11:34 AM
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Re: Bullet recommendations for 300WM

If your rifle likes the 200gr accubond then stick with it, If you want higher BC I would suggest the 208 Amax, Another powder that I have had great luck with in the 300WM with the mentioned bullets is Ramshot Magnum...it seems to be fairly temp stable also..
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Old 07-07-2012, 10:26 PM
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Jake, I ran the 200 PT's with RL22 in my old 300WM. It ran about 2940, but it was accurate and worked well. One of my favorites. Wanna try it in the 300WSM soon.

As to your Whelen, lay into some RL15 and you will have a load in no time with that Classic. I have the CDL right now, but it shoots well. 225's at 2750 is a great load and will be using the AB's this Fall for my elk hunt. Good luck with them.

Nice grouping! I hope to see the same results from mine. Is your CDL bone stock, or have you bedded, pillared, floated....etc? I have RL15 on the radar. I'm trying to resist the temptation to take it to the range, but may have to take a few shots soon. This heat wave is placing my work with 300WM loads on hold.

I had some reservations with the 1:16 twist on Remington and Ruger factory 35 Whelen barrels, but seems like they are sufficiently quick enough to stabilize the 225gr bullets I intend to shoot. I'm feeling more confident thanks to your group above.
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