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#11962489 - 04/10/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I have been shooting 58 grs. of RL-15 in my Jack Haugh rifle as its my most accurate load, but it will shoot 60 grs. and that is its max load..I had another and 58 was its absolute max, proceed with caution.

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#11964672 - 04/11/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: Cibalo1935]  
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When I shot in competition an old guy named Rudy Wadekamp
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He shot a 198 with iron sights at 1000 yds.
If it's good enough for Rudy it's good enough for me.
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#11978680 - 04/17/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I have to say that 35 Whelen was my favorite rifle for about 18-19 years it still is except I gave it to my son I started out with Reloader 12 but without me knowing they quit making it so I moved to 15 had all intentions of using 250 bullets but after shooting a while noticed that only way to get good groups was to single load the magazine recoil and oversized magazine in my Rem 700 keep smashing the exposed lead so I tried Nosler 225 accubonds and have not looked back. The thing I noticed was that I could load them long and not have interference with rifleing and she loves them that way. Reloader 15 is my go to powder.
The Whelen is a great cartridge that Remington almost killed with factory loads that were lake luster and barely beating 35 Rem.
Shawn

#11983076 - 04/19/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I run 57.o gr RL-15 with 250 NPT's in a strong bolt action.

Most book data stops at 55.o Prolly cuz there are Amish machine guns out there. wink

#11983803 - 04/19/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I typically use 57.0 grains of RL-15 with 250s as a starting point and go up from there. I've had several Whelen rifles and never had one that wouldn't safely use 59.0 grains of RL-15. My current Whelen reaches a bit over 2500 fps with 250s. Years ago Alliant listed 59.0 grains as a max load, I don't know why that's changed as I was getting similar velocity then too. I suppose anything that's had as tumultuous of a history as the Whelen has in wildcat form, it creates a tendency towards such downloaded data.


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#12004210 - 04/28/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I've been using 58.5 gr RL15 with 250 gr bullets for over 20 years now. Any spitzer I have tried(Nosler PT, Speer HotCor, Barnes X, Hornady IL, Swift A-frame) has worked best at .050 inch off the lands for some strange reason and shoot .8 to 1 MOA for 3 at one hundred yards. Hornady round nose soft points and Woodleigh RN Weldcores I just seat to the cannelure and Lee Factory crimp. These shoot 1- 1.125 MOA. These loads have chronographed from 2520 to 2550fps in R-P brass and Remington 9 1/2 or Federal 210 primers. These results have held true both in an original 700 Classic and in a 700 CDL.

#12004211 - 04/28/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I've been using 58.5 gr RL15 with 250 gr bullets for over 20 years now. Any spitzer I have tried(Nosler PT, Speer HotCor, Barnes X, Hornady IL, Swift A-frame) has worked best at .050 inch off the lands for some strange reason and shoot .8 to 1 MOA for 3 at one hundred yards. Hornady round nose soft points and Woodleigh RN Weldcores I just seat to the cannelure and Lee Factory crimp. These shoot 1- 1.125 MOA. These loads have chronographed from 2520 to 2550fps in R-P brass and Remington 9 1/2 or Federal 210 primers. These results have held true both in an original 700 Classic and in a 700 CDL.

#12008381 - 05/01/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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My apologies for the duplicate post gentlemen. Can't seem to edit it out after the the sight was down for the weekend.

#12072511 - 06/04/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I also like the RL-15 in my 35 Whelen. Hornady RN 250 gr. I get about 2600 fps. My standard hunting load. Primers will flatten out when I get closer to 2640-2650 so I back down my loads. Great moose thumper load and rifle. Just wish it wasn't a 1-16 twist brl. But it works with the 250 grs.
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#12094626 - 06/16/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I use 250 NorthFork's and Varget or H4895. Nosler online data. Works better than R15 in my rifle.
Go to 2500-2550 and stop.


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#12094868 - 06/16/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I ran 60 grains of 15 with 250 PTs at 2600. Haven't worn a primer pocket out ever nor have I ever had a pressure sign.

I've since gone to 225's in the Whelen and use 250's in my Newton.

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#12094879 - 06/16/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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Moose load is finalized for this fall's hunt.

57.5 gr Varget, CCI-200, RP case, 250 NPT for 2,535 fps in a 22"/1:12 bbl. 4 shots into 0.85" at 100 meters.

#12096816 - 06/17/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I guess I'm on the heavy/hot end here, but I load 57.0 RL-15 behind a 310 Gr Woodleigh Weldcore SN for my 1:12 Ruger Hawkeye. Gives me 2350 FPS, just a hair on the hot side with flattened primers, but no bolt lift problems.

This load has cleared a pair of 60" Bull Moose DRT, and a Coastal Brown Bear one shot DRT. Less than a tuna can of bloodshot meat from the moose, despite one of them being a shoulder- through the shoulder blade shot. All full pass through.


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#12125566 - 07/03/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I have found some lot to lot variation with RL 15 in my Whelens. Also throat length varies a lot between rifles. ruger and Remington have 1-16" twist and long throats, my 2 custom barrel rifles have shorter throats and 1-12" and 1-14" twist. I load all of them to 2500 fps with 250 grain bullets and RL 15, but charge weight varies with the rifle and lot of powder.

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#12129169 - 07/05/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I've got a Springfield custom in 35 Whelen improved, it loves 57 grains RL15 and a 250 grain Speer Hot-Cor, great accuracy. target is 6 shots, cold bore. 100 yards. It's a comfortable load to shoot in my rifle with no signs of pressure.


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#12199728 - 08/10/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I have two loads for my Whelens. 225 grain TTSX over 59 grains of IMR-4064. This load goes 2715 fps out of my 26" MGM barreled Encore and 2669 fps out of my 24" barrel Ruger Hawkeye. 250 Speer Hot Cor over 55.5 grains of H4895. This one averages 2556 fps out of my Encore. I have not tried it in the Hawkeye yet. The Encore has a 1:14 twist and the Ruger has a 1:12 twist. The TTSX load shoots well under MOA in both guns. The Hot-Cor is my latest load and gives one hole accuracy at 50 yards with the Encore. Actually, the TTSX load does everything I need it to do, but it is nice to have options. I am anxious to hit a hog with the Hot Cor. I went through a lot of powder in developing these loads. What is amazing is that when the right load comes along there is no question about it. It just clicks. I did try Reloder 15, also Varget, H380 and IMR-4064 when working up something with the 250 grain Speer. H-380 gave good accuracy, but no velocity. H4895 was the best for both accuracy and velocity. This is the first time I have used this powder for anything. I bought it to try with the Speer bullet as nothing else was satisfactory.

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#12200151 - 08/11/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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225 gr. Sierra or Nosler over IMR 4064 has been my most accurate load in my .35 Whelen, I've been using this combination for 20+ years now and have taken Whitetails with it. I've tried RL-15 and Varget but keep coming back to IMR 4064.

#12200169 - 08/11/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I'm using H4895 in my M7600 35 Whelen. Pretty happy with it as well.

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#12202044 - 08/12/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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I have been using 225 gr Accubonds over 60 gr of Varget getting 2689 fps from a 22" barrel M700 classic. Taken a number of black bears with it. My supply of Accubonds is getting low, and I'm not sure when they'll be available again. I have several boxes of 250 gr partitions that I may have to use. I even have a box of Hornady 250 gr round nose. So I'm studying the 250 gr loads that others have used.

I'm mainly using this for bear over bait in Canada at range of around 100 yards.

#12202129 - 08/12/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: Richdeerhunter]  
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I'll be working up loads for my Whelen soon using RL-15 and 250 gr NPT's, at mag box length of 3.350" I'm still 50 thou off the lands, damn long throated sob, may look at monos if the NPT doesn't shoot.


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#12202767 - 08/12/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: 300WinMag]  
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Mine is to Gunner. Jumps a mile but it dotes on 15 and 225 AB or 250 Partitions. That's for my CDL. No clue how my 7600 is throated. Loaded to fit the mag and it shoots.


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In my 7600 35 Whelen 56 gr of IMR 4320, with 250 Speer, around 2520 FPS, under 1" or 55.9 GR of older RL 15. Prefer the 4320 load. Great for moose or bear.


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#12204382 - 08/13/17 Re: 35 Whelen Reloading 250s and RL-15 ? [Re: beretzs]  
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Originally Posted by beretzs
Mine is to Gunner. Jumps a mile but it dotes on 15 and 225 AB or 250 Partitions. That's for my CDL. No clue how my 7600 is throated. Loaded to fit the mag and it shoots.



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