@Shootist43Fatback, check out the following: https://www.buffalobore.com/index.php?l=product_list&c=81
They offer a 225 Gr. Barnes bullet at 2800 FPS. I didn't check availability.
I must agree with many on this thread - go to a .35 Whelen. Even though you have one of the All-time-Great calibers in .30-06, if you want to add something to your collection - add something noticeably different and the .35 Whelen gives you that: bigger diameter bullet = bigger hole, heavier bullet, decent velocity and fairly flat shooting out to 250-300 yrds., great foot pounds of energy, and tolerable recoil. I think as far as killing power - equal to .338 win mag with less recoil. The Whelen gives you a significant change from the .30-06 at least for me - seems a very practical switch and for certain hunting situations even a slight advantage vs. the .30-06 (bear over bait, Elk under 250 yrds. Etc.). Regarding factory ammo - it’s out there, so find and buy a few boxes/bullet weights and find out what it shoots accurately —— then by 10-20 boxes and relax. That’s my opinion and I’ve been looking for a nice Whelen for a year in Rem. 760 pump. Prices have jumped and those now sell for $1500-$2400 on GB. Hope you reach a comfortable decision and enjoy the journey !
Fatback, I’m not qualified to recommend a barrel length for a custom barrel on a .35 Whelen. I had a 24” put on my custom .30-06 and .375 H&H - both consistently gave 1” or under MOA for 3 shots. I would ask your gunsmith or whom evever is building it for recommendations also ask about barrel taper - weight? As far as scope - my personal choice for a .30-06 is usually 3-9x40mm, I prefer a light weigh scope and not excessive magnification. ( power is all I need for deer orElk out to 350 yrds and I can’t trust my shooting out past that under real hunting situations. I know that they do make some very versatile 2-10 or 2-12 scopes that are fairly light weight and give you a wide range of magnification without bulk & weight. Today, seems $600-$1500 is what you need for “good glass”. For my .375 H&H put a 1.75-6 power figuring my target animal will be under 200 yrds and likely DG (Griz, Buffalo, etc.). You might be in the middle with the .35 Whelen. Hope you have fun building your rifle —- wood stock or synthetic? I prefer wood even though it’s likely inferior to synthetic from a performance standpoint.HankBuck,
Appreciate the advice. Would you have any recommendations on barrel length and final weight of the rifle, scoped? I have already started getting some ammo so once my gunsmith gets re-barreled it should be good to go. Thanks again.