What rifle gives you 'The Fizz'?

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As the Whelen is a 30-06 case wildcat, a reasonably weighty 30-06 rifle would appear to be the easiest conversion to .358. Thanks again.

As you may know, the .35W was once called "the poor man's magnum."

If a hunter or homesteader of modest means living in, say, Alaska, wanted to step up in power from his .30-06, of which there were many affordable surplus 1903s in circulation, he could have it rebarreled to .35W.

The .35W cartridge would fit and function in the 1903 action, same as the '06 round. And the 1903, especially in 'sporter' configuration, was already a pretty light, trim rifle.

That was a far, far less expensive conversion on an existing rifle than trying to obtain a commercial or custom traditional magnum, like a 300- or .375 H&H rifle.

The real genius of having necked-up the '06 cartridge to .35-cal, is that the resulting .35W kills out of all proportion to its 'paper ballistics.'

That hard-hitting, terminal virtue is something gun-scribe John Barness has praised more than once of nearly all the .35-cal class of cartridges in the pages of the Rifle and Handloader magazines.
 
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Grandpas 99 Savage in .308 he bought new. Gave it to my son but I’m still the caretaker.
I will be inheriting my Dad’s 99 Savage in .308 in the not too distant future. He bought it new in 1965. I didn’t come along until 1969, so I have known that rifle for my entire life. Once I have it I will keep it until I die so that will be a cradle to grave relationship!
 

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As you may know, the .35W was once called "the poor man's magnum."

If a hunter or homesteader of modest means living in, say, Alaska, wanted to step up in power from his .30-06, of which there were many affordable surplus 1903s in circulation, he could have it rebarreled to .35W.

The .35W cartridge would fit and function in the 1903 action, same as the '06 round. And the 1903, especially in 'sporter' configuration, was already a pretty light, trim rifle.

That was a far, far less expensive conversion on an existing rifle than trying to obtain a commercial or custom traditional magnum, like a 300- or .375 H&H rifle.

The real genius of having necked-up the '06 cartridge to .35-cal, is that the resulting .35W kills out of all proportion to its 'paper ballistics.'

That hard-hitting, terminal virtue is something gun-scribe John Barness has praised more than once of nearly all the .35-cal class of cartridges in the pages of the Rifle and Handloader magazines.
Thanks for the info on the rifles Jack. There is a great address containing a huge amount of info on the 35W
Interesting comment on Hawk's bullets for this caliber,
I picked our their 300gr round tip as a good bullet for the .404J.
 

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