The Coolest thing about owning a 35 Whelen is our secret Hand Shake
Shootist,Now that just put me over the hump.
RECOIL Question (hopefully from actual experience):
I need to cut back on "perceived" recoil by about 20% compared to my 338 Win Mag (sans brake), to meet my personal threshold. Will the 35 Whelen get me there?
The 338 WM is ~8.5 pounds unloaded. Ammo is TTSX 185s at 2,900 fps (3,452 ft lbs); and 210s at 2,781 fps (3,606 ft lbs). (My perceived recoil difference - with and without muzzle brake - on the 338 WM is about 20%).
Anticaped 35 Whelen load is a 225 grain (NP or A-Frame) at 2,550 fps, (3,249 ft lbs). This would be a bushveld load, btw. Target weight for the scoped 35W is 8.5 to 9 pounds. A 200 gr TTSX at ~2,750fps is also a possible.
Free recoil tables seem to indicate my target could be met, but I've never fired a 35 Whelen.
Stock design has a lot to do with felt recoil. My first Whelen was a Rem 700 classic and I felt the recoil. My current one is a Rem700, Lothar barrel 1 in 12 twist in a Boyds stock and is a pussy to shoot.Too late - did that 30 years ago. At age 70, I can't do 338WM recoil.
The purpose of my question was to go to a 35 Whelen (not braked), IF the recoil will be acceptable.
Im interested in what others are running for glass on there 35 Whelan.