35 Whelen rate of twist?

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I have used three .35 Whelen rifles, and they have given me good service. A Remington 700 with 1-16" twist, a custom Ruger #1 with 1-14" and my current Sako AV classic rebarreled with 1-12" twist. I only shoot 250 grain bullets, except for fooling with 225's a couple of times. All three shot well, all three were effective on game, all three could safely reach 2500 fps / 250 gr. with IMR 4064 or Varget or RL15. I like the 1-12" twist Sako the best, not because of the twist but because it fits me the best. So I got rid of the others. Would like to try the new Speer loads with CFE223 powder, but actually find I have no need for more speed than I already get with the older powders.
Long Walker
Try the Speer loads with cfe223 you will be very happy with the extra performance and extended range. It will be just as accurate with that load maybe even more so. My Whelen cuts clover leaf groups with their load.
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I currently own a 35 Whelen that started life as a Ruger 77 Mk II in 30-06 and was rebarrelled before I bought it. It has a 1:14 twist. I've used it for the last 15 years or so with 250 gr. Kodiak bullets (no longer available, unfortunately). I've killed several moose and at least 1 caribou and black bear with it. It just so happens that I've never been carrying it when I've come across a grizzly. I've been generally satisfied with it, but I think that the barrel is too light since it was made to the same external contours as the factory '06 barrel in order to fit the original stock.

Just yesterday I ordered a new barrel from Krieger for the 35 Whelen that I will be building on a Husqvarna action. I ordered it with a 1:12 twist. I will continue to shoot my 250 gr. Kodiak bullets until I use them up, and then probably switch to Swift A-frames. I haven't been unhappy with the Ruger, but I expect this one to be better.
 

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