I have not had the pleasure of seeing in person a 9.3 rifle much less the chance to shot one, I am a gun guy so I'll shot any rifle if I get the chance. With that being said comparing the 35 Whelen to the 9.3's from what I have seen, read, heard, ect., trying to make one better then the other is the same as comparing the .270 Win. and the 30-06 (witch I have both) is like betting a dead horse. I am not knocking ether, I think it comes down to personal chose. If I need more then the 35 I can use my 400.35400 whelen
play it safe and get a 9.3x64.
The 9.3 is only .008 of an inch larger in diameter witch is not enough for a huge difference. I have looked in my Woodleigh loading manual and in comparing the 35 and all the 9.3 cartridges there really is not that much difference. If the 9.3 is what you like by all means use it, they are good rifle cartridges, but so are the 35's. And as to giving up two rifles to have only one, what fun is that. And if I was going to only have one rifle to hunt the world over I'd go with a 458 Lott, and why I am shore you ask, it can be loaded with both 458 Lott ammo and 458 Win. mag. ammo, and by hand loading you can load as low as the slowest 45-70 loads all the way up to the hottest 458 Lott loads.if you had a 9.3x64 you could sell both the whelens, 35 and 40 and never look back.
Yes there are a number of 9.3 cartridges, not confusing them. I only said similar not the same, yes the 9.3x64 is faster but not enough to make up for the wrong bullets or shot placement and if those two things are not met it's a bad day with any caliber/cartridge.35400
don't confuse the x62 with the x64.
check rws factory ballistics of the x64 with 286 and 293 gn bullets.
@MS 9x56Why do we do this? I found an old but still sealed box of 275 grain round nose speer bullets at a gun show. While quarantined I loaded them up. Now I gotta go to Alaska or the Yukon for moose or grizzlies. Talk about putting the cart befoRe the horse. It is a crazy obsession and I love it.
@Shootist43The difference between the 35 Whelen and the 9.3 x 62 is simple, it's geographic location. I was a huge fan of the 35 Whelen long before I went to Africa and I had never heard of a 9.3 x 62. On both of my safaris, I used a 35 Whelen and none of the PH's in the camp had ever heard of or seen one before and had to look it up in one of the cartridges of the world books that seems to a staple of every hunting lodge in SA. Their response was always the same it's an American 9.3 x 62, to which I would respond "Yes it is, only better". If I lived in Europe or Africa I would own and use a 9.3 x 62 but I live in the USA so its the 35 Whelen for me all day every day.
I had the same issue in Namibia Art they hadn't heard of the the Whelen. When I showed them they thought it was a 9.3x62.
I don't know about the Whelen being better than the 9.3. In 225 and 250 grains yes the Whelen is a bit better but over 250grain they are much of a muchness.
Why do we do this? I found an old but still sealed box of 275 grain round nose speer bullets at a gun show. While quarantined I loaded them up. Now I gotta go to Alaska or the Yukon for moose or grizzlies. Talk about putting the cart befoRe the horse. It is a crazy obsession and I love it.
We do it because it is fun to us. What load powder are you using with the 275gr. in your 35 Whelen?I loaded 50 for my 9x56 and 50 for my whelen.