I am considering a new rifle and am seriously considering the .35 Whelen. This looks awesome medium ranges (100-200 yds.) any one with experience at longer ranges? Plan to use on elk or moose.
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Sun, 2013-02-03 18:39
I have more than I need but not as many as I want...and I want a .35 Whelen
Mon, 2013-02-04 18:26#1
I've had mine for less than a
I've had mine for less than a year now so not much experience yet. A Ruger Hawkeye stainless.
I've killed one antelope doe at 200 yards with Federal Trophy bonded 225gr. I've loaded a bunch with 200gr Hornady but it just didn't like them so swithched to factory just before the hunt. Worked well but a little to solid a bullet for such a small animal. Double lung and ran about 75 yards.
Going to work up a load with 225gr Accubonds to try as it seemed to like that weight better.
I plan for my max range to be 300 yards. About 9" drop with 200 zero if I remember right.
Mon, 2013-02-04 19:24#3
The Whelen is fantastic up close on larger game.
I don't know that I want to shoot it much out past 250 Yards but that's because of the ballistics of the round. If I was hunting in Alaska, or other location with dangerous game like bears, I'd definately give it serious consideration as a stopping rifle.
On antelope does it's not so hot IMHO.
Sat, 2014-03-22 12:12#5
Well, I got a .300 Win Mag instead. Better price on rifle and more available ammo. I can get a factory load to meet my needs. I kinda' feel like I sold out because the .35 was a bit more unusual.
Sun, 2014-03-23 11:52#6
I have a buddy that shoots a 35 Whelen and the only thing he complains about is the lack of bullet weights and selection. He said his MAX RANGE would be 300 yds.
I see you got a 300 WIN MAG which in my mind has far more selection for bullets and ammo is readily available at most sporting shops which is a good thing with powder and bullets being quite sparse on the shelves right now.
There is no doubt that the 35 is a show stopper at close range but it wouldn't be my first choice in calbers today.
Mon, 2014-03-24 20:52#8
I have a 30-06 and when I shoot the barrel out, about 2098 or so, I'll probably rebarrel it to .35 Whelen.
Mon, 2014-03-31 12:02#10
I somehow just noticed this older thread. I'm a huge fan of the .35 Whelen and have owned four rifles so chambered since 1991. I now own a Remington M750 Carbine in .35W as well as a Ruger M77 Hawkeye all weather. Both are very accurate rifles at well under MOA for 3 shots @ 100 yards. Having used the Whelen for so long and having taken a bunch of animals with one I do not see it as a short range rifle at all.
A properly loaded .35 Whelen will shoot just as flat with good loads as a 30/06 shooting factory 165 & 180gr loads. Loaded properly it will give 3750+ FPE at the muzzle and carry a ton of energy to 400 yards (Nosler Custom ammo 225gr Accubond and Nosler Partition loads) AND Doubletap 225gr Accubond.
Sighted for a 200 yard zero both those loads shoot with just a bit over 8" drop at 300 yards. For an example to compare that with, the same company loads the .338WM in their custom line and the 225gr Accubond & Partition loads for it show exactly the same drop at 300 with the same 200 yard zero. As loaded by Doubletap, the 200gr TSX shows a bit over 7.5" drop with a 200 yard zero, while a good factory 30/06 180gr load drops right at 8.5" with a 180gr NP load and 7.9" with a 165gr PSP BT load.
My longest shot (later lazered) with a .35W was on an 8 pnt Tn buck at 265 yards which dropped in it's tracks to a center chest hit with a 200gr TSX. I think many would be very impressed with new loads now out there from companies such as Doubletap, Nosler, Buffalo Bore and Hornady. The 200gr Hornady Superformance load has a muzzle velocity of 2900 FPS as compared to Remington's original 200gr Core-Lokt at a claimed 2675 FPS. There are now factory produced loads from 180 to 310gr for the .35 Whelen!
This ain't your Grandpa's Whelen any more!