35 Whelen vs 338-06

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We shouldn't get carried away here. I load and shoot both the Whelen and the 9.3x62 and while I agree that being the .358 is a tad smaller than the .366 and will with the same weight of bullet carry a bit better, its hardly something to get excited about. The 9.3 has a powder capacity advantage over the Whelen as well as a similar range of bullets, maybe a tad better with bullets of 232 to over 300 grs available, with 250 and 286 being the standard weights. The Whelen cannot muster the same velocity with any given bullet that the 62 can due to the greater capacity of the 9.3, thus basically eliminating any sectional density advantage of the smaller bore. The .338-06 shares that same advantage over the Whelen for the same reasons, SD. But like you said, "go big or go home", advantage 9.3x62. The Whelen is not its equal and certainly is not better. However to your point, no game animal is going to know the difference when shot by any of these, so it becomes more a discussion of the "hot stove league" and boils down to personal preference. Reminds me of when my late dad used to extoll the virtues of the 6.5 Swede. He loved to quote the tables of downrange velocities and remaining energies at 5 and 600 yards over larger diameter rounds like the 06 and .270. So I asked him if he planned on shooting anything at those ranges where it would matter? Not so much.

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Would love to move the shoulder forward and have a 1 caliber neck length on the Whelen. That would be interesting with the 275s,300s and 280 swift Aframe.
 

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bob, why worry when you have the lovely long neck to make your throat last longer.
also there is a ggod chance a 250 gn aframe will do anything you want with flatter trajectory.
if that wont do it a 250 barnes x (if there is one?) should.
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Can't complain about that. If'n the Whelen shoots better it would be hard to pick which one to take afield. What's the Whelen made on mate the Savage looks great.
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The Whelen is a Remington BDL made in 1988, I still have a 338 Win I'm working on I tried 180g, 200g this Sunday I try 225g and then there's the 375HH The winner get a free trip to Africa
 
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The Whelen is a Remington BDL made in 1988, I still have a 338 Win I'm working on I tried 180g, 200g this Sunday I try 225g and then there's the 375HH The winner get a free trip to Africa
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Try the 225grain accubonds with Nosler load of 61.5 grains of Varget or work up to 66 grains of cfe223 starting at 62 grains. Cartridge overall length in my rifle of 3.4 inches.
Muzzle velocity in my rifle with 25 inch barrel 1 in 12 twist, 2,850fps.
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6 of 1, half a dozen of the other..as close to equal as you can get, so pick your rifle by the gun you like best...
 

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Can't complain about that. If'n the Whelen shoots better it would be hard to pick which one to take afield. What's the Whelen made on mate the Savage looks great.
Bob
Remington 700 BDL 1988 build date
 

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I like the Ruger #1, no error, but if I'm going falling block, I'd rather get a High Wall.

I owned a TC Contender years ago, and loved it. It was a sad day when I sold it. I'm fine with TC for smaller calibers, just not sure I want to go that route for cartridges that have a bit more thump. I've definitely considered both rifles for my wife and stepsons in something like a 7mm-08 or 280 Rem, and that's probably the route I'll take. I'm not sure the boys will actually like hunting, and because of my wife's divorce decree, they can't even touch guns until they get their driver's licenses (this is their idiot dad's doing). They're righties, and if they end up not liking shooting/hunting, well, then I can still get use out of the rifle. If they like shooting/hunting, then I buy them bolt guns eventually.

But for 338-06 or 35 Whelen, I want a bolt gun. I also very much like 9.3x62. Any of those 3 would be my go-to for the griz. one day, which is another reason I'd rather a bolt over a falling block.

If this is a brown bear gun, which means crap weather and terrain, then I highly suggest the Mauser M12 in 9.3x62 with the laminate stock. 5+1, weather proof, accurate, light, and nearly indestructible. Love mine, though it’s probably going on the auction block as I’ve picked up a 9.3x62 barrel for my Merkel RX Helix. Both fine rifles.
 
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A 338-06, will have the better penetration, the 35 W. will have a better cross section, thats a given so you get a push...

I pick the caliber by how I liked the gun...Of all the all around calibers for NA Id opt for the 338 win. and I have..For Africa that included DG Id go with the 375 or 416 Rem..but this comparing calibers is basically an American waste of time over a bit too much libration! :LOL: :giggle:
 

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Well the 35 Whelen gets my vote. Bigger is better... but honestly I would not be critical of the 338-06. In Canada either one is a hand load proposition. For the Whelen all I see for factory loads are some 200 gr Superperformance, and some anemic Remington soft points. If you are lucky. One thing about the 338-06 is that there is a greater selection of bullets available. None the less I like my 35W, a love affair that started with a 35 Remington and progressed to a .358 Winchester (another great round that is almost dead.)
BTW the eland in my avatar was taken with a 35W.
 
 

 

 

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