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Completed the trio

I bought a Ruger Hawkeye SS in .338 Fed a few years ago and followed that up with another Hawkeye SS in .358 Win. I've been wanting one more medium SS Hawkeye, a .35 Whelen and finally took possession of a NIB Hawkeye SS in .35 Whelen this past week. I already had what I figured to be a near perfect scope, a Zeiss Conquest 2.5-8x32 and had it mounted the same day I got it home. Action is decently smooth and I have no complaints on the LC6 trigger either. As soon as it cools a bit, it's off to the range to try some 200gr Hornady Superformance loads at 2900 FPS. Here's a peek and a look at the other two Hawkeyes.


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Excellent trio!! I love my

Excellent trio!!

I love my Hawkeye Whelen. I did replace the trigger on mine though as it was pretty rough and heavy. Mounted it up with the Leupold 3.5x10 VX-III I had taken off another rifle.

The Hornady loads clock over my chrony at 2820fps average and shoot about an inch and a quarter. I'm working up some loads with the same bullet and r15 but haven't been able to finish due to my range being closed until further notice due to a fire they believe caused by steel core bullets and rocks behind the targets. I'm at 58gr and 2470fps right now with fair accuracy.

Good luck with yours and let us know how it shoots.

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thanks

Thanks for the info from your Whelen and the SF rounds. I thought you might find it interesting (I did!) to know that the barrel contour on both my .338F & .358W Hawkeyes is heavier than the one on the Whelen. It is quite noticeable, actually. Kind of odd.....

I have a box of Conley stuff for my .350 RM using the same Hornady 200gr IL that's in the Whelen Superformance and it is very accurate in my M673. If my Whelen does as well, I'll be happy.

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Very Nice!

Sounds, and looks, like a nice trio. Thumbs up

I'm interested in the 338 Federal and the Whelen calibers myself.

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BikerRN wrote:
Sounds, and looks, like a nice trio. Thumbs up I'm interested in the 338 Federal and the Whelen calibers myself.

Thanks. Both rounds are good ones and you'd likely be very happy with either one. Here's one more pic with my "light" all-weather rifle included, a Rem M700Ti in .270 Win. 

 

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