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8mm Remington Mag or 35 whelen

Looking to build a gun and was looking at some ideas on the .35 whelen or the 8mm Remington Mag.

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Welcome to the forum.Those

Welcome to the forum. Those two calibers are two different animals. The 8mm Remington is based on the 375 H&H round and will launch a 200 grain bullet in excess of 2800 fps and requires a magnum type action. Where the 35 Whelen is based on the .30-06 cartridge and the old principal of big and slow for it's bullets and while the action is a long action it isn't a magnum. They are both great rounds and each has its place and in reality I would like to have one of each.

So what are you planning on hunting with it? The 8mm has adequate power for any animal around and a decent trajectory to match. The .35 will also take care of quite a few animals but you may have to lob the bullet in.

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I will hunt with it. Im

I will hunt with it. Im looking for something different wanted some opinions on it. I have a 1903/A3 Lee EnField No4 MK 2 and Mauser actions to use. I just finished a 6.5-06.

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On the older actions I

On the older actions I personally would stick with the .35 Whelen.  You won't have to alter the bolt face or do much more than swap out the barrel. 

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i have a sako action to use i

i have a sako action to use i was going to use it for a .264 win mag. i do like 35 easy brass. i was looking into a 8mm-06.

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Of the two, I'd go for the

Of the two, I'd go for the Whelan too. No bolt face adjustment, standart long action and plenty of mty 30-06 cases all around. 

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I have a Whelen and love it.

I have a Whelen and love it. And actually you can push 200gr bullets to 2800. My 22" barrel Ruger clocks 2800 with the 200gr Hornady interlock factory loads but didn't like the accuracy.

I'm goin to start workin up some 225gr Accubonds soon to see how those do.

It will shoot federal 225gr trophy bonded into moa but I want to be able to load my own for next year. I did use those for a doe antelope this year though with excellent results at 200 yards.

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How far is the max range on

How far is the max range on your .35 Whelen

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I have not looked at long

I have not looked at long range with mine as I have other rifles for that purpose. I zero for 200 and plan to shoot no further than 300. 

I will use it where the terrain suits this purpose. the antelope was just for fun and to try it out. I bought it for hogs and Texas deer blinds where the shots are usually 100-200 yards max.

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Love my Whelen

I have a 35 whelen and love it. I ahven't shot it over 100yds yet. I had a buddy in KS who swore by his and would shoot out to 800 yds with it.

I'm going to also work some reloads with the accubond. Right now I'm using the hornady superformance 200 gr soft points. They are right on. Good luck with your choice.

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I will mainly use the 35 in

I will mainly use the 35 in the east mainly PA for shots sometimes less then 100 yds no further then 200.

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