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Posted: March 31 2017 at 2:39pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Hi all! Just got home a little bit ago with my new bouncing baby. Comes in at 7.5 pounds and aside from a few dings and scuff, she's absolutely beautiful!









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She should be going to the range tomorrow with some factory loads to see if she is a keeper. Can't wait

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 3:40pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I'm about to send a commercial Mauser in for a rebore to .35 Whelen. I'll only shoot cast in it, but a 280 grain cast at the velocities I can get will be formidable anyway.

I had a 700 in the Whelen I couldn't warm up to. Didn't shoot very well and I lost interest before I really worked long enough with it to figure it out. Traded it off on something I wanted more.

Good luck with the rifle.

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 3:57pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Well, that's some rain... I'll see how it does tomorrow. Thanks, Rich

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 4:25pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

What caliber is it? Can't read whats on the barrel.

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 4:28pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Master Chief, that's the 35 Whelen I've been lusting over for some time. The lighting was not so good for the picture and caused the camera to be just a bit out of focus.

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 4:45pm | IP Logged Quote STCM(SW)

Oh, OK.
Never got the "Hots" for that caliber.
Closest I have is a WBY 340 magnum.
MK V , it shoots great for such a powerful round.
I have Ken Walters "Pet Loads" and he went with
55 gr of Varget with a 250 gr SP in a Rem 700 it
looks like.

Only other loads I found was from a Speer #8.
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Does not give what was the best load it looks like.

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Well, maybe you'll get to shoot it this weekend.   Problem with living
where I do is April usually consists of 60 days of rain.

Hope it does right by you.

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 5:37pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Joed, funny you should say that; it's been raining since about six this morning.

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 5:40pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

That's a nice looking rifle. I'm anxious to know how it shoots to. I've thought about sending my Remington 760 in to be rebored to a .35.
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Posted: March 31 2017 at 6:28pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Res, I'm going to have this guy JES do mine, I have never heard anything less than glowing reports about his work. I'll let you know.

Talked to him on the phone today, I'll get the rifle sent off this week hopefully. A 760 in .35 Whelen would be an awesome rifle.

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 6:46pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Rich, I also have heard nothing but good about his work. Originally, I considered getting a 30-06 and having him do the re-bore - then this came up. I still want a 338-06 (yes, I like odd calibers) so I will probably have it done as a re-bore. Please let me know when you get it back, I would love to have some first hand info.

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Posted: March 31 2017 at 10:31pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Several of my friends use .35 Whelen hunting rifles and are very pleased with them.

Love the Remington. It looks GREAT!

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Posted: April 01 2017 at 1:21pm | IP Logged Quote Paul B.

I will reply to this thread beginning with the admission that I am totally
prejudiced in favor of the .35 Whelen.

Point one,factory ammo doesn't quite deliver advertised specs. At
least it hasn't in the three I own.
Point two, pick whichever 225 gr. bullet that floats your boat and get
some Re15 and enjoy. My pet load uses Re15 and the 225 gr. Barnes
TSX which is the load I use in my custom Mauser. Velocity is 2710
FPS and groups run .50" to .75" if I do my part. I only hunt elk and of
the five I have taken with that load, two were DRT and the other three
were smacked so hard they could not go anywhere. They did require
finishers.
The reason I won't pass my load along is it was too hot for the
Remington Classic like yours and the Ruger M77 has a slight
headspace problem so it's relegated to fairly light cast bullet loads
where I can jam the bullets into the rifling.
My M700 Classic usually shoots into 1.25" with 200 gr. factory ammo
and just slightly over an inch with 250 gr. factory ammo.
The M700 has a 1 in 16" twist which will usually handle bullets up to
250 gr. My custom has a 1 in 14" twist and is a bit more accurate with
factory ammo.
I looked into what I would call a one load does all for the rifle in the
custom and the Nosler Partitions and Accubonds have yet to be given
a try. Guess I'll see how they'll work in the M70. I know that Re15 will
be the powder of choice.
One more thing before I forget. The Whelen in factory ammo is not
quite loaded to it's full potential. Federal does make a premium load
with the Trophy Bonded Bear Claw bullet at IIRC 2660 FPS to
thereabouts, the bullet being a 225 gr. in weight. You should be able to
easily match that in your rifle.
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Posted: April 01 2017 at 1:51pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Guy,

I love the fee of it and the lines look downright sexy (I can say that as my wife doesn't read these posts ). The balance is fantastic as well.

Paul,

I got 4 pounds of Re15 with the thought of reloading for this round. That was last October. I plan on this being by go-to for bear, elk, moose, and anything else bigger than whitetail (and maybe for them too). I plan (hope) on shooting this and experimenting quite a bit.

Rex,

Sorry I didn't reply to you earlier; here is my range report:

Weather - 56 degrees, partly cloudy

Range - closed (figures). Public range rules on public land. Since, apparently, no one has any reason to use a rifle range after the 31st of March. Yup, missed it by one day - the day I was away from home buying the rifle.

Went to another private outdoor range. Their rule - you must buy ammo there that you shoot there. Okay, fine; how much for a box?   Answer? $56. I will now leave a lengthy space into which I can pour my seething hatred:










There. I feel much better. Now I need to try and find another range.

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wish you were close to here, we'd just run out to the farm.
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Posted: April 01 2017 at 2:26pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Thank, Rex. I look steadfastly forward to the day I can quit government employment and move to America. It would be nice after all these years of working for it.

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Posted: April 02 2017 at 6:35am | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

Do you know what the rate of twist is in your rifle? Been some discussion about 1 in 12" verses 1 in 14". A gentleman whose opinions I trust has suggested that the 1 in 14" works better for heavy cast bullets which seems counter to what one would think, but I do know that slow twist in the .32 Winchester Special seems to make it do better with cast than the faster twists in most .30s so perhaps some truth to it.

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Posted: April 02 2017 at 7:00am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Rich, My understanding, based on Remington's website, is a 1:16 twist. I have seen those discussions myself. It seems there are a great many opinions and quite a bit of anecdotal evidence. From what I have read, the 1:14 or 1:12 are best. I have also read that a 1:14 is best with bullets at slower speed, so that would seem to be in keeping with what you have already heard.

As far as bullet weights are concerned - the heaviest factory load that I am aware of is the DoubleTap 310 grain, firing Woodleigh bullets. Reviews I have read of the ammunition is that it groups well at 100 out of the Remington CDL custom (current production), which also has a 1:16 twist. Now that load may be unstable and useless past 100 yards, but I'm not sure I would use it past that distance; I don't know if it would matter all that much.

As suggested by Paul B., I will probably find a 225 or 250 grain load and go to town. If I find myself in a situation where I might be hunting in thick cover, I would worry about working up a load with extra heavy bullets.

Not sure if this helps.

Kinley

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Based on my limited experience (three) deer drop pretty fast with 200 grain .35 bullets at moderate speed. If I were to hunt elk, I might want bigger. I'm more curious how accurate I can get this Lyman 358009 everybody raves about to shoot as I have the mold and it may also be better at longer ranges, not that I do that very much either.

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Posted: April 02 2017 at 7:11am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

What bullet were you using, if I may ask?

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