Why would anybody down load a big game rifle to less than 357 magnum pistol ballistics? You mention that it should be a good brush load for deer. I would suggest that you leave the cork gun at home. I don't believe that 500 pounds of muzzle energy is enough to make a clean kill on a deer. Years ago, I watched my brother shoot a doe 3 times within 30 yards from a 357 mag, and he still had to slit its throat with a knife to finish it off.I have two low power loads for my 35 Whelen. The lowest load uses a cast 158gr pistol bullet going at 1200fps using "Trail Boss". At 50 yards I have to aim a little high but accuracy is good. The second uses Alliant 2400 and a jacketed 158gr hollow point pistol bullet. At less than 100 yards it shoots well. Should make a good brush load for deer.
Actually, reduced loads in the Whelen make a lot of sense, and corkgun comments aside, can substantially reduce the cost of practice with your Whelen.Do any of you shoot reduced loads in the 35 Whelen? If yes,could you tell me of some of your results? Many thanks in advance.
GF, I made the mistake of taking an onside, quartering to shot, at a decent 8 pointer at about 35yds down a steep bank. The exit looked like a groundhog den. With 58gr of R12 I was cranking out 2700fps+, and that may have been a bit much for that bullet. Using it in a .35Rem at 1900fps it still opens reliably and works like a champ.TMan,
I agree that 220 speer FN out of the Whelen is pure whitetail poison. I use them over a full load or RL15, they are by no means reduced loads however.
slowed down considerable it would still be deadly.
Actually, lots of them. I use a supply of 180gr SP Midway blems, and 23gr of Trail Boss. The load works well in my 7600 and my CDL out to 75yds, recoil is about like a .243. Noise is much lower than full on stuff.Do any of you shoot reduced loads in the 35 Whelen? If yes,could you tell me of some of your results? Many thanks in advance.