35 Whelen project

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Harleysboss

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I picked up a rough 1903 Springfield last year for a project . The serial number was well within the safe range so off to my gunsmith it went. We discussed options and he just happened to have a nice 35 caliber barrel on hand. 35 Whelen it is. New barrel, bent the bolt for scope clearance and mounted scope based. I was able to wheel and deal for a new sporter stock. I believe it was a Fajen semi inletted for the 03 Springfield. I did all the wood fit and finish work. Glass bedding of the recoil lug and tang area. Just have to build some ammo and get her sighted in.
 

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Idaholewis

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SAWEEEEEEEET!!! The .35 Whelen is a Neat Cartridge :lewis:

Funny short story, I got hurt worse Recoil wise from a .35 BROWN Whelen than anything else i have ever Shot, it was back when i lived over in the Same Country as you, It was HOT out, and SULTRY/MUGGY (Go figure huh? :)) The Rifle was a Friend of mines, He was Having a Bad Range Day, He Couldn’t shoot a Group for Nothing? He handed the Rifle over to me, I rested over the Hood of His Truck off Sand Bags, I settled in and Squeezed a Shot off, It about RIPPED MY FACE OFF!! The light perspiration on My Cheek caused my Face to STICK to the High Gloss Finish of the Buttstock, Talk about a wish I hadn’t did that Moment, I haven’t again since! :roll:
 

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That is a nice hunting rifle. That action brings back memories of a sporterized 06 I had.
 

ThreePoint

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Very nice work. I have killed moose and elk with my .35 Whelen. All were one shot kills...under 150-175 yards. None took more than 5 steps before collapsing.
 

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I carried a custom 35 Whelen for 17 years when I guided and hunted in the NT, great caliber. Many giants fell to that rifle and the Nosler 250. None took more than one shot. Good luck with it.
 

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Nice rebuild. Very cool stock. I also have a whelen. It’s a killer. Very underrated.
Many giants fell to that rifle and the Nosler 250. None took more than one shot. Good luck with it.
I took my biggest 6 x 6 elk with a 35 Whelen and The old style Barnes Copper 250 grain bullet. I have always thought the cartridge to be severely under rated. Enjoy.
 

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I took my biggest 6 x 6 elk with a 35 Whelen and The old style Barnes Copper 250 grain bullet. I have always thought the cartridge to be severely under rated. Enjoy.
You don’t hear much about the .35 Whelen that’s for Sure.
 

Harleysboss

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I constructed 10 rounds today. 250 grn Speer Hot-Cor. Starting load of H4895. Hoping for a range trip on Wednesday for a first test fire. I will report back.
 

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I had good luck with H414 powder. 66 grains. 2706FPS with the 250 hot core. The book shows that is likely a very hot load. My gun showed no pressure problems and was accurate with it.
 

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I was able to get to the range and test fire today. Went with Hodgdons load recommendations for H4895 using a 250 grn bullet 49 grns as a starting point. Book says 2300 ish FPS. I was not really interested in accuracy or load development...just want to see if she would go Bang! She did just that. All was good with the rifle. I used a spare Leupold VX3 3.5-10-40. I had not returned this scope back to mechanical zero before mounting. I learned that I didn't have enough elevation left to get to zero at 100 yards. I was about 4" low and had no more adjustments left. I have since returned the scope to zero. I will have to remount and see if that helps with bore sighting adjustments. If not ???? I did check to be sure the scope bases (Weaver) were in the correct order front and rear. I was pleased to see that the group I did fire showed promise for this new barrel. The fun continues!
 
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I was able to get to the range and test fire today. Went with Hodgdons load recommendations for H4895 using a 250 grn bullet 49 grns as a starting point. Book says 2300 ish FPS. I was not really interested in accuracy or load development...just want to see if she would go Bang! She did just that. All was good with the rifle. I used a spare Leupold VX3 3.5-10-40. I had not returned this scope back to mechanical zero before mounting. I learned that I didn't have enough elevation left to get to zero at 100 yards. I was about 4" low and had no more adjustments left. I have since returned the scope to zero. I will have to remount and see if that helps with bore sighting adjustments. If not ???? I did check to be sure the scope bases (Weaver) were in the correct order front and rear. I was pleased to see that the group I did fire showed promise for this new barrel. The fun continues!
I would get a Set of these Burris Signature series Rings
Signature Rings™ | Burris Optics

And a Kit of these offsets.
 
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Idaholewis

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I have those on my Rem 700 .300 Win Mag and ABSOLUTELY LOVE them! They are SOLID! And as you can see in the “Offset Kit“ You can Miss/Match Halves to get whatever you need? Ingenious, They FLAT OUT Work AWESOME!
 
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