Nosler might be the only one loading factory loads for the '06, 338/06 and .35 Whelen. Doing some studying of the chart supplied in this link might be informational to someone looking to perhaps move up in bore size.
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Sat, 2012-05-26 09:14#11
Sat, 2012-05-26 10:52#12
Thanks hunter25 for a great discussion on a very overlooked cartridge. A 35 Whelen will be my first adventure into custom guns if/when I get the go ahead from my accountant (aka the wife). I've still got my first centerfire rifle - a 30-06 model 700 received as a high school graduation present in 1977 (damn, that makes me feel old!), left hand action of course - that is someday destined for a new stock, a .35 caliber barrel, a timney trigger, QD scope mounts and a QD peep sight from New England Arms that will fit the rear scope mount when needed and will rest in a hollowed out compartment in the stock when the scope (most likely a 2X7 Leupold) isn't needed.
As a confirmed black powder hunter I tend to think in terms of big bullets at moderate speeds and kind of lean towards .250 grain bullets. I can't think of anything on this continent that wouldn't quit after getting hit by a .250 grain Partition in any circumstance. I do have a fondness for Barnes TXS bullets though so maybe one of their 200 grain bullets for a "light weight" load.
Sat, 2012-05-26 13:51#13
Still waiting on the new rear
Still waiting on the new rear ring but have taken it apart and gotten it cleaned up a bit. Installed a new trigger spring as well to reduce the pull a bit from somewhere over a ton when I got it.
still a pretty poor trigger with noticeable creep but will do for now. Probably put a Timney in it later. And like i mentioned possibly a laminated stock. I can't seem to leave any of them quite the way I get them.
Recieved 2 boxes of Hornady ammo to empty for the brass and get sighted in. If they shoot well I may just stick with that 200gr bullet as it's priced pretty well. I see they now offer the 200gr flex tip for reloading and it's rated up to 3,000 fps so I might even try that. Most likely TTSX for anything else.
Anybody have powder recomendations? I've read good things for Reloader15. I haven't loaded for nearly 20 years but this one and my 45acp is going to get me going again.
Hal Fast,,,My first rifle was a 700 30-06 as well bought used in 83 I think. I thought of a plan like yours but can't bear the idea of changing it. Too many good memories the way it is.
Sun, 2012-05-27 19:50#14
Well that didn't last long. I
Well that didn't last long. I ordered a new trigger from Spec Tech Industries as he offered a weekend sale on another forum for a price too good to pass up. Lifetime guarantee and adjustable from 1.5 to 4 lbs. I'll report on it when I get it in.
Sun, 2012-05-27 22:56#15
I look forward to your report
I look forward to your report and of course discussing it with you in person over a meal.
Sun, 2012-06-03 09:14#17
Got that new bang switch in yet mate?
Mon, 2012-06-04 10:43#18
Got the trigger installed
Got the trigger installed yesterday afternoon with only minnor problems due to inexpreience with them. First my floorplate was stuck from overtightening something I guess, took 20 minutes to get that opened up.
Had to file a little to get the trigger to slide in place but needed no adjustment as is possible with the safety shelf. I didn't realize the gun won't cock if the trigger is adjusted too light so took some time to figuring that problem out also. Anyway everything back together and with what feels like about a 3 lb pull. Not sure as I don't have a guage but feels heavier than my 700 with the Jewell trigger and just a little more than my Tikka. Breaks clean now and consistent. Very good investment for the $50 I paid for it. I have one more to install in my sons MKII maybe this afternoon and then get shooting.