Wow! That's moving out of the Whelen! Pretty rifle.
I also am using CFE223 but with the speer 250 hot cor in a whelen. Have to check my notes as to powder charge, but I settled on 2450f/s as my best accuracy load in my cooper with nosler cases. I was hoping for a little more velocity with the accuracy, but when I killed two whitetails with it last year, it looked like someone jerked a rug out from under them! I found out the 35 bore kills emphatically. The more I mature as a reloader, the more I am realizing things don't need to be pushed to work.
I shot several hundred rounds this summer prairie dog shooting in SD loaded with cfe223 (223rem) and I am a believer in the copper fouling eraser! Bore was very clean every evening, minimal cleaning involved and my accuracy seemed to maintain all day.
Edit: great 200yd groups as well!
@sestoppelmanThere is still powder fouling though... I clean a gun after every shoot regardless whether 1 shot or 50. Someone has to keep Hoppes in business!
That is a beautiful gun. I did the same thing with a Winchester M70 that has great wood, or rather I had it re-barrelled. Unfortunately the gunsmith (who had an excellenct reputation) gave it to his son (I believe) to chamber. The chamber looks like it was cut with a chisel. 50% of cases would stick in the chamber, some so bad that I had to take it to a gun smith to have removed. The first gunsmith has shut down business...No sir my rifle start life as a 30-06 and I had the barrel rebored to 35 Whelen
@sestoppelmanSorry to hear about the continued lockdown. That really sucks. I remember when my local range was shut down for some months early on in this crap. I about went nuts!
Hoping they dont feel compelled to do that again anytime soon or ever.
You may as well ship all your CFE223 to my house since you wont be having any use for it in the near term! LOL.