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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15170751 08/26/20
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I don’t think there is much advantage in a long barrel. My .35 Whelen 700 classic has a 22” barrel and it has been fine since ‘89.


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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15170813 08/26/20
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I fully concurr with the balance requirements but would prefer to achieve that goad by means other than barrel length. Further, I disagree that the .35 Whelen is not a long range gun.....From my own experience, it's at least a fine 350 yard shooter.....longer if you are a better shooter than me.

I want more in a rifle and barrel length has always been a factor as the ability to handle the gun has a lot to do with the length of barrel.

IMO the .35 Whelen handles well and still doesn't lose much in the long range issues with a 20" barrel.

Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15170821 08/26/20
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I have three Whelens: First has a 19" barrel, second 23.6" and the latest a 26". Love em all. But agree with JWP475 that no matter the barrel length, balance matters.

Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15170993 08/27/20
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M77RS 22" would be better if 24". Barrel length is the cheapest velocity gain. I would never cut one down for portability issues. If you want a short barrel buy it that way from the get go. MB


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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: Magnum_Bob] #15171992 08/27/20
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Originally Posted by Magnum_Bob
M77RS 22" would be better if 24". Barrel length is the cheapest velocity gain. I would never cut one down for portability issues. If you want a short barrel buy it that way from the get go. MB

Having crawled into alders following a wounded bear more than once barrel length is the easiest thing to change and a little extra velocity is the last thing I would worry about.


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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15172006 08/27/20
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I would rather set the contour and length for ideal balance and handling, if I feel the need for more fps there is always a larger case.


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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15173144 08/27/20
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Ah! Balance and handling. Forgotten concepts in so many discussions about rifles. I have a Sako AV Classic that has been fitted with an aftermarket barrel in .35 Whelen, a medium weight, 25" tube that just feels "Just right". I agree that I don't need the extra 50 -150 FPS that it may give me over shorter tubes. But it handles well, balances the rifle superbly, kicks little, has less muzzle blast than shorter barrels, and happens to be accurate. I like it.

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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15174137 08/27/20
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I built my AI version as a 22" and wished I'd done 24" (even 23").


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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: limabean] #15174423 08/28/20
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Originally Posted by limabean
Would there be any reason to have a 26 inch barrel on a rifle in this caliber?

Depends on what type of rifle you want in the end.

I'd go 23" because I couldn't decide between 22 and 24.

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23" to 25", I put a heavy 25" #5 with 12 twist on my STA...

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Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: SuperCub] #15178559 08/29/20
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Originally Posted by SuperCub
Originally Posted by limabean
Would there be any reason to have a 26 inch barrel on a rifle in this caliber?

Depends on what type of rifle you want in the end.

I'd go 23" because I couldn't decide between 22 and 24.


Sounds like me when I was building a 338Fed. I could not decide between 20 or 22 so I opted for 21!

Re: 35 whelen barrel length? [Re: Sitka deer] #15180406 08/30/20
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Originally Posted by Sitka deer
Originally Posted by Magnum_Bob
M77RS 22" would be better if 24". Barrel length is the cheapest velocity gain. I would never cut one down for portability issues. If you want a short barrel buy it that way from the get go. MB

Having crawled into alders following a wounded bear more than once barrel length is the easiest thing to change and a little extra velocity is the last thing I would worry about.


Sitka, all due respect to your profession and experience at it, your opinion is good for you and your needs not mine. For where and what I use mine for 26" isn't a problem ,24 " would be a compromise. Finding a 03 that had been rebored or a 1917 rebored to 35 Whelen and sporterized back in the the times they did that with a full length barrel sure would not get a whack job from me. Finding and getting something like that is probably more likely than ever coming up with enough money to afford to have a guided brown bear hunt in Alaska. Be a " grail" gun for me. Yes I would use it also. I don't buy guns to look at , shoot every one of them. MB


" Cheapest velocity in the world comes from a long barrel and I sure do like them. MB "
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