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#6841973 - 09/04/12 09:23 PM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: vapodog]
Klikitarik Offline
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200 XFB, 225 NAB, 225 NPT, 250 HIL, 250 SHC, 250 SGS.....pretty tough to find a bad bullet in the 35s. That means more to me than "best".
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#6842158 - 09/04/12 11:30 PM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: Klikitarik]
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YEP..!

There You Go..!
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#6842172 - 09/04/12 11:59 PM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: 358wsm]
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I've used a lot of bullets in the Whelen and last fall used the 200 TTSX to hammer a caribou (1 shot), a brown bear (1 shot) and a moose (2 shots). Tough to want more terminal performance. I recovered the two bullets from the moose. The first TTSX was from 400+ yards and had an impact velocity of around 1850 fps and was found in the offside shoulder--expansion seems sufficient. That bullet is pictured to the right in the photo.
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#6842237 - 09/05/12 03:18 AM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: 406_SBC]
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The only bullet I didn't like in my Whelen was a 200gr Hornady spire point. It failed to penetrate on whitetail more than once. I think the particular 200gr bullets I tried were designed for 35 Rem velocities in ss handguns. Large surface wounds from my Whelen. Today I shoot 250 Speers with no issues on deer. Have also tried the 225gr ballistic tips when they were available but accuracy in my Ruger M77RS was not as good as the 250gr Speer so I never hunted them IIRC.

Back when Finn Aagard wrote about the Whelen he found that Re15 was the best powder. In the articles I read he liked 59.5gr of the stuff with 250gr jacketed spitzers but said he went up to 60gr with no pressure signs. I tried this and also found no pressure signs, but settled on a working load of 59gr. They leave moderate size holes through deer, and I do mean THROUGH.
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#6842687 - 09/05/12 07:04 AM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: Big_Redhead]
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Only use the 225 gr TSX in mine. See no reason to change.
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#6842729 - 09/05/12 07:17 AM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: vapodog]
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Originally Posted By: vapodog
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Best Bullet for 35 Whelen

My .35 Whelen is a M-98 with a Shilen #3 barrel with a 1-12" twist.....It shoots the 225 partition quite nicely.....and has never failed me so far. I suspect the 225 grain accubond is an equivalent bullet or possibly better.

I get very good trajectory and downrange energy from the 225 grain bullets so have no reason to want more....unless of course I wanted to use it for something a lot bigger than elk...but then I'd want a .375 H&H.

My .35 Whelen:

















Nice rifle! Who did the stock work?

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#6843128 - 09/05/12 09:25 AM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: DakotaDeer]
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Originally Posted By: DakotaDeer

Nice rifle! Who did the stock work?


I did almost all the metal and stock work myself....the only thing I farmed out was the checkering, bluing, and barrel engraving of the caliber.


Edited by vapodog (09/05/12 09:27 AM)

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#6843361 - 09/05/12 10:48 AM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: 406_SBC]
358wsm Offline
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Registered: 01/17/09
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Originally Posted By: 406_SBC
I've used a lot of bullets in the Whelen and last fall used the 200 TTSX to hammer a caribou (1 shot), a brown bear (1 shot) and a moose (2 shots). Tough to want more terminal performance. I recovered the two bullets from the moose. The first TTSX was from 400+ yards and had an impact velocity of around 1850 fps and was found in the offside shoulder--expansion seems sufficient. That bullet is pictured to the right in the photo.



406_SBC,

Thanks for the pics. I have not seen this bullet post "testing" so this to me is looking very good, especially at an 1850fps impact velocity.

What's the story behind the bullet on the left..?

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..and yes, Vapodog, that's a beauty.!
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#6843413 - 09/05/12 11:08 AM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: Waders]
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Registered: 02/25/05
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Loc: Michigun
Originally Posted By: Waders
Originally Posted By: 2muchgun
I like/load 250gr Partitions over 59gr R-15


Are you sure that's your load? As for me personally, I like 250's--why else would you buy a Whelen??


Nice elk. And I feel the same way about the 250s, and so did the Colonel himself. 250s are the only way to fly with a Whelenator.

And yes, I 'm quire certain of the load......





Primers look just fine.......



Regardless of what your manuals say, 58gr of R-15 is a very common loading in the 35 Colonel with 250s. Mine just likes 59gr a tad better grin
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#6843539 - 09/05/12 11:45 AM Re: Best Bullet for 35 Whelen [Re: 358wsm]
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Finally got some pics available...I do like using the Whelen...













Just some fun stuff to look at...!

Dennis


Edited by muledeer (09/05/12 12:49 PM)
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