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Old 09-12-2007, 11:35 AM
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I would like to know if anyone has an opinion about the maximum range of the 35 Whelen for game such as moose, elk, and caribou. Granted there are many cartridges that will shoot flatter over long distances when compared with the 35 Whelen, but it seems to me the 35 Whelen has the potential for long range shots but it is not often thought of as a long range rifle because of other cartridge offerings that the 35 Whelen competes with (338, 30-06). I have read other opinions that expressed concern about proper bullet expansion at lower speeds when making long distances shots but there didn't seem to be any hard data behind it.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:43 PM
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Hi aleutian, welcome to the forum I think you will really enjoy it and will always be learning.
I shot a 35 whelen for a short period of time then sold the rifle as I had a 375 H & H. I now wish that I would have never sold the rifle.
I had real good sucess with a 210 gr bullet at distances out to 300 yards. As with any bullet shot placement is the most important thing.
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Old 09-12-2007, 01:46 PM
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I guess I wouldn't worry about it too much shooting a 250 gr. bullet. That will have plenty of whack left at almost any range as long as you hit the critter in the right place to begin with. Knowing your bullet path would be the most important thing.

I would personally get something like Hawk bullets for a hunt like that. Expansion and knockdown power wouldn't be a concern at short OR long range that way.

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Old 09-12-2007, 03:46 PM
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About 15 years ago I whacked an elk at 350 yards with mine using 250 grain Hornady Spire Points. Seems like I held just below his back and hit well, just below his back. Took out both lungs and he made it about 50 yards. Bullet went clear through.

Mine is sighted in 3" high at 100 yards I'm not sure what it drops at 300 but I can hit a 9" steel plate at 300 if I aim about 2" below the top.

I wouldn't be afraid to shoot out to 350 yards with mine again. 'Course I'd have to do some practicing with it to get the feel for it again. I haven't shot mine except to make sure it's still hits paper at 100 yards for 5-6 years.

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Old 09-13-2007, 08:34 PM
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The trajectory is real close to a 30-06 bullet at the same velocity. A little more drop due to the lower BC.

A 200 grain bullet would be about 9 inches low at 300 yards with a 200 yard zero. Less than an inch more drop than a 180 grainer from a 30-06.
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Old 09-13-2007, 09:02 PM
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If you practice at the ranges you expect to shoot and with lighter bullets such as the 200's or 210's I'd expect that you could do well out to 400 yards.

Beyond that the the BC starts making a rainbow out of your trajectory. Keep in mind that with proper drop tables and plenty of practice longer ranges are certainly possible. You know they used to shoot the 45-70 to a thousand yards.

In reality your packing a 400 yard gun, but I'd bet most game is taken at much less than that. I shoot a Remington 8mm magnum for the same game your talking about and even with it I've not ever taken any game past 400 yards and it's capable of far more. I just wish I was.
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