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Old 09-24-2003, 05:05 AM
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Hi Gents,

Was talking with a dealer yesterday who says he's got several NIB Remington 7600's chambered for 35 Whelen. He says that they are from a recent run that Remington made. Anybody else heard anything about this? I've seen some recently on gunsamerica and auctionarms that make a similar claim, a distinguishing feature being the absence of engraving on the receiver. The stock has a satin finish. This dealer's stock matches that description.

Does anyone around here have a 7600 in this chamber? If so how does it shoot?

Bottom line is that it will run me about $550 if I want one of these. Seems a bit high but considering the scarcity of anything in new condition chambered in 35 Whelen it might be about right. What do you think?
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Old 09-24-2003, 07:14 AM
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Yup, a fellow that frequents the 24hr Campfire just picked his up last night. I really don't see $550 being a bad price for a decent rifle in 35 Whelen. Especially if you want a Whelen. Just take a look at what it would cost to have either a Bolt or pump built in that caliber. Sean
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Old 09-24-2003, 10:07 AM
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A good friend of mine has one on order from Grice's shop out of PA. I think this is the shop that requested the special run by Remington. His price is $489+ shipping +FFL fee ($15). He hasn't received his yet, though talked to the shop and they said they were preparing to ship his sometime during this week. Sounds like a great deal on a good rifle/cartridge combo to me. I came very close to ordering one myself, but don't know what I'd do with it since I had the Hawk built last year.

Here's the original text of the announcement:
We will be getting a special run of 7600's in 35 Whelen 22" bbl, and
35 Rem Carbine 18" bbl. They wont be available until September, However we are taking $25.00 deposits if you would like to reserve one. Here is a list of some of the features:
Satin Finished walnut stock
Polished blue metal finish
Very limited quantities produced

There is also a $40.00 consumer rebate starting in August. Our price is $489.95. We will also have 7600's with black laminate stocks in 7mm-08, 25-06, 270 Win, 30-06.
Our address is: 216 Reed Street, Clearfield PA, 16830
e-mail= [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> <<mailto:[email protected]>> Phone= 814-765-9273
If you have any questions feel free to call or drop us an e-mail.
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Old 09-24-2003, 04:59 PM
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These prices are very close to what I was quoted. Actually to break it down, $500 for the rifle, $15 s/h and then there's an FFL transfer fee. The guy I've been using charges $25...so more like $540. I need to find out more about the $40 consumer rebate. Saw this mentioned on one or two of the other sites too.

Back around last Christmas I picked up a good deal on a Browning M95 in '06 with the intention of having ZHat do the conversion to 35 Whelen for me. At first the cost didn't seem too bad but then I added a receiver sight and a barrel band sling swivel and the price started getting close to $1000 including cost of the Browning. The barrel band was the culprit making a rebluing necessary. But I wasn't going to go "half hog". I couldn't swallow the cost ultimately and so now plan to sell the Browning and just buy a factory 35 Whelen on some action. The Browning will show up in The Nickel next week assuming I don't sell it prior to ad deadline. I think there's a gun show in Colorado Springs this weekend. Might go looking for a trade.

I wonder what the twist is in the Rem 7600? I think all of the model 700's are 1:16. I was going to have my Browning rebored with a 1:14 thinking heavier bullets would shoot better in it and hard cast would work well too. I've heard that the 1:16 isn't the best for real heavy weights and 1:12 is too fast for hard cast.

Maybe the manufacturers listen sometimes. With the return of the 358 Win, 350 Rem Mag, and now 35 Whelen this year maybe Remington and Browning are testing the waters. Now if Marlin and Winchester would just listen to the pleas of the levergun fan wanting the 307, 356 and 375 Win's...
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Old 09-24-2003, 07:43 PM
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7600 in 35 Whelen is my favorite deer rifle

I have a Remington 7600 in 35 Whelen that I have had for several years and I am glad that they had a special run of them for they are very desirable to own. I handload for mine and load a Nosler 225 gr. Partition behind 58 gr. of IMR 4350. This load is extremely accurate in my rifle and shoots MOA accuracy. This rifle is my favorite hunting rifle. My hunting friends are astounded how well my rifle shoots even with peep sights. I recently put a Leupold scope on it.
I love the Remington 7600 for I am from New England and in many states you are limited to using a shotgun. I use a Remington 870 scope with a cantilever barrel in 12 Gauge and the 7600 is a match to this in that the safety and action bar release are in the exact same location and both guns feel alike. The only difference is the loading of the magzines for the two. I believe in keeping things simple and both these firearms work very well for me. When I need to make a good clean quick shot at game I don't have to fumble or feel around for the safety, etc.
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Old 09-25-2003, 06:25 AM
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Dedicated,

I don't have any experience with Remington pump rifles although I do own an 870 WM...nice shotgun. Was at the range with a guy once who had a 7400 in 270 Win. First shot stuck the case in the chamber...he was done for the day as nobody had a cleaning rod to knock the case out. This situation may be different for a pump action. And I'm sure that that problem can be avoided by keeping the chamber clean. This guy didn't clean his rifle very often it turned out.

Have you tried any of the heavier weight bullets or any hard cast? Do you use small base dies to load for your 7600? How is case life?

BTW, I checked with the dealer...the $40 rebate applies.

I'm getting interested...
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Old 09-25-2003, 07:23 AM
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35 Whelen reloading

I use a full length resizing set made by RCBS, I use once fired cases for hunting in that they are fire formed, I resize them, and then after they are loaded I chamber each one. Any cases that feel a little tight are shot at the range and I reserve the rest for hunting. I bought a couple of boxes of 100 nickel plated cases from a special at Midway a few years ago so I have plenty of brass that I haven't even used. As for case life, I don't shoot this rifle all that often, but after ten times I discard refle cases anyways for me it's just not worth the risk or aggravation if your cases fatigue.

If you get this rifle you won't be disappointed. The important thing to remember is that for years in the 1960's the FBI uses the Remington 760 (predecessor to 7600) as their rifle. And...many 760's were used at Camp Perry shoots that were just as accurate as bolt actions. It's a beautiful rifle, nicely balanced, with a reliable accurate action. Tho only thing you must remember to do is make sure that your magazine is properly seated for they click in on the forward end. If it is not properly seated this will only mess up your follow-up shot if in fact you even need one. The replacement magazines for the 30-06, 270, etc also fit the 35 Whelen,
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Old 09-25-2003, 08:12 AM
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I shoot the 35 Whelen Imp in a bolt rifle, and it's a great cartridge. I've not been using it for very long, but my initial impression has been very good. The velocity increase in the improved version, compared to the handloaded standard Whelen, is not a very large increase-maybe 100-150fps.

On the model 7600-I have a friend from school who hunts with a 7600 in .308. He doesn't reload, and he never buys any ammunition that could be considered "premium" by any stretch. That rifle will put three shot completely under a quarter on every group I've seen fired with it. It's not a fluke from what I can tell, it's exceptionally accurate with many groups touching. I'm pretty sure he gets some sort of smug satisfaction when his rifle outshoots the bolt guns we are usually shooting along side his pump, like Mk V's and the like. If he get's too cocky about it, I'll bring out my .35 Whelen and make a one hole group for him to admire. His 7600 cost less than the barrel on my Whelen though.
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Old 09-25-2003, 09:23 PM
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I wasn't sure if you all new these were available but Brownells and others have Eagle brand 10 rd magazines for 7400 and 7600 rifles in both .308 and 30-06 length. Sean

http://www.brownells.com/aspx/NS/sto...x?p=6060#specs
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