Well, I'm gonna stand by my claims of factory ammo being much easier to find and easier on the wallet as well. Midway USA
shows us a good number of loads (10) for the .338-06. They run from 180gr to 250gr. None are over 250gr. Prices on these loads run from $73. to $92.
. The .35 Whelen shows 14 different loads, from 180gr to 310gr. Prices range from $31 to $63
. Six of those loads are under $45./box
Bullet performance is such:
180gr/.35 @ 3000FPS and .338/06 180gr @ 2950
200gr/.35 @ 2910FPS and .338/06 [email protected] 2800
225gr NP/.35 @ 2725 FPS and .338/06 225gr NP @ 2600
250gr NP/.35 @ 2550 FPS and .338/06 250gr NP @ 2475
310gr WW/.35 @ 2300 FPS and .338/06 larger than 250gr, not available
****Most of these loads are even produced by the same companies.
Both are fine cartridges and I thought I needed both. But upon further examination, the .35 does more, IMHO. For the handloader, not much difference, after buying the cases. Not here to disparage the .338/06, simply calling it as I see it, which is what the original poster wanted.