Well that would be about 4132 ft/lbs of muzzle energy which is .375 mag territory. I seriously doubt its going that fast, probably more like 2350 fps., if that. Be curious what it would actually chrono at. Thanks.
Light weight bullets at hyper velocities are devastating on thin skinned game. Tissue damage is absolutely massive compared to bigger bullets moving slower.I am with you on "heavy for caliber bullets" - usually extremely effective in hunting situations - really don't understand the new thinking / fad towards light weight bullets at hyper velocities. I understand that with some of the mono metal bullets that velocity is a requirement for proper performance and expansion, but in hunting scenarios I still think there are better options
Bobz35W, FYI I just ran your 310 Gr Woodleigh with 57 Gr. of RL - 15 through QuickLoad estimated velocity was 2475 FPS. ALL RESULTS WERE IN RED BECAUSE OF THE SIGNIFICANT OVERPRESSURE.
Thank you for the follow-up. Even though it's not showing signs of pressure, I value my face more than the assurance that this was from an older Woodleigh manual. As the 53 grain loads shoot just as well, I'll back it down just to be safe. Thank you for the update. Been reloading since 1978 and learned to err on the side of caution. Thank you
I have hunted with my 35 Whelen in Alaska for many years now. I always find it amusing when I see someone who has not used it claim that it is not suitable for "long range" or is good for anything "except big Alaskan bears." I have killed Alaska moose (not the small Shiras moose) with mine at ranges from about 15 to 300+ yards. I have also used it for brown & grizzly bears with excellent results. I have had great success in my rifle with IMR 4064 and 250 gr. Kodiak bonded bullets with a 1/14 twist barrel.
So the .35 Whelen has been a cartridge that’s interested me since returning from my first safari in the bushveld. I was curious if anyone has tried the 280 grain a frame that’s available? It seems like it would be an absolute hammer, but almost boardering on overkill for the case capacity since the 250 seems to cap out around 2600fps.
Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated!
I suspect the velocity loss would limit this bullet to under 200 yards, to achieve reliable expansion in the Whelen.Thanks Nosler guy. That was my main concern. I love heavy for caliber bullets, but I don’t know if the extra penetration gained is purely diminishing returns at 280.
8 x 68I use Speer 250gr HCSP in my Rem 700 Whelen for non open areas that I hunt. I have them travelling around 2450fps. Really loves them.
More open areas I use IMR 4895 & Sierra 225gr Spitzer's. 5 shot groups at 100yds are 0.75". I tried a 10 shot string as well and it measured 1.75". 200yds was a 5 shot 3.20" group. Interested to see what happens at 300yds. Have to try that this weekend.