.35 Whelen

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Mike6158, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Mike6158

    Mike6158 Well-Known Member

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    The .35 Whelen seems like a pretty good all around cartridge. I wonder how it holds up at long range, say 800 - 1200 yards?
     
  2. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I think the Whelen is much better served as a short to medium range elk, moose, or?? weapon. One of the downsides to the 35 is bullet selection which would limit the long range capability IMO......Rich
     

  3. Mike6158

    Mike6158 Well-Known Member

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    Probably so... I loaded some 250gr bullets for a friend and they look kind of huge in the 30-06 case
     
  4. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Here is a good example of why I think long range hunting is out for the Whelen. A 225 grain Sierra Gameking with a b.c. of around .380 and a muzzle velocity of 2500' at only 800 yards would have a remaining velocity of under 1200'/sec. and just over 700 ft. lbs. energy. The bullets would not expand and energy is quite low.......Rich
     
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    I'll stick with my .338 Edge for long range just for that reason. The .35 Whelen has it's purpose. I think it would be a good brush gun at 200 and less. I've read a few articles that said it was good for lions and tigers but we don't get any of those down here :D
     
  6. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Unless they sneak accross the border:D
     
  7. Elkmen

    Elkmen Well-Known Member

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    I consider my Whelen a 300 yard elk rifle, still has lots of energy and a high back hold. A great medium range elk caliber. Really puts out the energy up close. !!
     
  8. MagTen

    MagTen Well-Known Member

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    There is new Barnes .358 in 180 grain TTSX that I have been loading in all of my 35s. It is a promising long range bullet for the Whelen.

    My 35s. Barnes is blue tip.

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