Bob Nelson 35Whelen
- Oct 28, 2018
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- Wyong new south Wales Australia
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@Idmay375For whatever reason the Browning Model 81, steel receiver, 358 Winchester has been a want. I give up on finding one in decent condition at a price that I thought reasonable. A few to several months ago, I bought that rifle in a Japanese 308 Winchester. I thought that sedated the want.
Then today, I walked into the local firearms store and there was the same rifle in 358 Winchester. It was actually in better shape than the previous 308 Winchester. This one does have a Decelerator pad added. It came with a few boxes of factory loads & hand-loads. I bought it.
Reloading dies are ordered. Brass search will be ongoing. Though, I do have 308 Winchester brass to convert if required. I am not decided upon the bullets. I am considering either the 200 or 203 grain Hammer Bullets.
You are going to be one very happy Vegemite mate.
With the little 225gn Sierra game king or the 225gn Woodleigh RNSP it would be a little thumper. The 250gr speer will turn it into a bigger thumper.
Loading it to its FULL potential it is a potent little round. With proper loading it is almost the equal of the Remington factory loaded Whelen.
Pack Kelly has a good write up on getting the best out of the 358 and you can find it on Dr Google.
@Rick HOlbert is the go to man on all things 358 win. He used his in Namibia I think it was with devastating effect in a BLR.
Those that have a 358 win are reluctant to part with them, those without one want to try one.
For a little case it packs a big hit.
I know shut up but I am a 35 tragic.