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Old 08-08-2009, 10:44 AM
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Opinions on Ruger Hawkeye .35 Whelen


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I'm thinking of buying one. I have never owned a .35 Whelen , but I have shot a friends extensively, built on a 1909 Mauser action with Krieger barrel. It is far and away one of the most accurate medium bores I have ever shot.

Since I don't have the desire to build another rifle (got 3 in various stages already), I was wondering if anyone has a Ruger Hawkeye in .35 Whelen, and what their opinion is of it? I've got one cornered at a very good price.

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Old 08-08-2009, 10:56 AM
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I have a SS Hawkeye in 270 Winchester. I also got a great deal on it and it is one of the most accurate rifles I have ever shot using my handloads. I think they are solid rifles and a great value for what you get, especially considering the mounting system is rock solid and included. I would not hesitate to get another one if I needed/wanted another hunting rifle. The 35 Whelen chambering sounds mighty tempting to me as well.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:05 AM
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Thanks... I've owned a couple of the 77's, but never a Hawkeye. I like the feel much better than the 77's. The 77's feel a bit clubby and have a poorly shaped stock for my tastes.
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I've dry fired a few and like the new trigger. I notice Ruger's 35 Whelen is a 1 in 16 twist, but their 358 Win is a 1 in 12.

RUger used to have a faster twist on their 35's than Remington's 1 in 16, which made them better for longer or heavier bullets. Perhaps the 1 in 16 is a typo for the 35 Whelen.

Anyway...I almost bought a Hawkeye in 358 win, but got a Frontier instead. My first Ruger bolt gun. I'm impressed.
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Old 08-08-2009, 01:02 PM
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Actually the 35 is a big bore, anything over 338 is. I don't have a Hawkeye yet, but I own many Rugers and they have all been excellent guns. I have the 35 Whelen twin, the 350 Rem Mag. It has the same case capacity and produces the same velocity but is a short action round. I like it a lot, and 35s are very versatile and there are a lot of great bullets in 35 caliber. It'll be a good gun.
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Old 08-08-2009, 03:20 PM
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The hawkeye is a great gun. I have a SS 358 win and I love it it has replaced my 270 win a 700 SS as my fav, and that say's a lot. The hawkeye trigger is great on my gun but I think Rifle Basix makes a good aftermarket job for it if you get a mushhy one.
This hawkeye is also one of the best shooting guns I've owned it shot better groups with warm handloads than some HB varmit guns I had could do. Infact after zeroing a my scope with Terry Harts method (article is on Chuck Hawks scopes and optics page) spraying rings and bases with brake cleaner and degreasing scope I installed them making sure to slowly torque down then back off several times to center rings. I explane this because the first shot hit 3" low one to the right @ 100yd!!! ( I tried this in gravel pit were miss could be way off and safe and felt 220gr pills would throw some dust for caliberating) so it was love at first shot.
I think good hand loads with 250's are right on with the velocity of whelen factory stuff.
250 speers and 44.5 H335, cci250 and rem 308 brass shot into 1" @ 100yd. @ 3" high @ 100yd your 12" low @ 300yd. Thats not a 270 but it's plenty flat and hits like a truck.
358 hawkeyes have the 1 in 12 triws which I feel is better, more options like heavey cast bollits.
358 win Ruger hawkeye/ 1.5 x 5 leupold is perfection for semi open timber hunting.

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Old 08-08-2009, 03:52 PM
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I bought a .358 Win hawkeye last year.

I'm really happy with it- Shoots around 1.2 MOA with the best hand loads (2-7x scope). It's my 5th Ruger rifle and my 3rd M77, so I guess you could say i'm a little bit sold on the design.
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:40 PM
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The hawkeye is a great gun. I have a SS 358 win and I love it it has replaced my 270 win a 700 SS as my fav, and that say's a lot. The hawkeye trigger is great on my gun but I think Rifle Basix makes a good aftermarket job for it if you get a mushhy one.
This hawkeye is also one of the best shooting guns I've owned it shot better groups with warm handloads than some HB varmit guns I had could do. Infact after zeroing a my scope with Terry Harts method (article is on Chuck Hawks scopes and optics page) spraying rings and bases with brake cleaner and degreasing scope I installed them making sure to slowly torque down then back off several times to center rings. I explane this because the first shot hit 3" low one to the right @ 100yd!!! ( I tried this in gravel pit were miss could be way off and safe and felt 220gr pills would throw some dust for caliberating) so it was love at first shot.
I think good hand loads with 250's are right on with the velocity of whelen factory stuff.
250 speers and 44.5 H335, cci250 and rem 308 brass shot into 1" @ 100yd. @ 3" high @ 100yd your 12" low @ 300yd. Thats not a 270 but it's plenty flat and hits like a truck.
358 hawkeyes have the 1 in 12 triws which I feel is better, more options like heavey cast bollits.
358 win Ruger hawkeye/ 1.5 x 5 leupold is perfection for semi open timber hunting.
Yeah, that 358 Winchester is also an elk dropper..
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I have heard lots of good things about the Hawkeye and their new trigger.
The 35 whelen that I sold is the one calibre I wish I would have kept.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:59 PM
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I have an older Ruger 77 in 35 Whelen. Absolutly a great calibre in a great gun. I am seriously considering getting the Hawkeye in 35 Whelen. Only thing missing on the Hawkeye are the open sights from the tang safety model 77. I realize that is purely a personal perception though.
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:09 PM
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If you buy a new Ruger bolt action rifle (M77 Hawkeye, M77 MKII, M77/17, M77/22) from now until the end of December, they'll also throw in a nice Ruger labeled Carhartt coat. Thats worth another $85+
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:38 PM
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Matt, where did you see that Carhartt bonus? And does it apply universally, as in ordering one from Wal Mart or a gun shop?

I was just a Ruger's site yersday or the day before, and I didn;t see that promotion (of course, considering my creeping senility, that's not saying alot)
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http://www.ruger.com/Carhartt/

dang...I just bought a RUger bolt action at the end of July.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:58 PM
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The terms didn't show a limit on the number of jackets you could get...
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:46 AM
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35 Whelen is a great round and in a Hawkeye should be just right. I love my 358Win Hawkeye and it is very accurate rifle.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:39 PM
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Man, I have a Remington M700 CDL is 35 Whelen and a Browning BLR in 358. I wished I would have known Ruger was going to come out with the 35 Whelen in the Hawkeye. I like the Remington alot, but I like Rugers more. Just like the looks of the action a little more. I need to find a Ruger I want, quickly, I would really like to score a jacket. Maybe I can talk my wife into a 375 Ruger in the Alaskan. I really want a 375 for the safe!! Scotty
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