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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 07-28-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

another good matchup from the larger calibers. which one would you all like to have in the cabinet??

338 Winchester Mag vs. 35 Whelen

In my opinion, if I were to choose 1 rifle to cover anything I might ever encounter, it very well might be a 338 Win Mag. but the 'ol Whelen is sure attractive

In this matchup, case capacity and ballistics favor the 338 WM. while the recoil can be a bit much for some. the Whelen is a little easier on the shoulder, The 35 Whelen is going to kick...but not as much as a .338 Mag and not as much as a .300 Win Mag....perhaps as much as the 7mm Mag....but what an upgrade. 2600 for a 250 grain bullet out of an '06 case

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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

I'm not a huge magnum fan, but of the magnums, the 338 WM is about the most sensible to me.

It's a bit stout for PA, but if you hunt something that justifies a magnum, the magnums smaller than the 338 WM are too easily imitated by other "standard" cartridges. When you need enough of a difference to get outside of the 30-06-ish arena, and need to step up to a magnum, you might as well skip the rest and go to the 338.

Besides, if I'm going to stay with the 30-06 parent case, it's going to be (and IS !) a 338-06 for me.
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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

Ahhh moose cartridges. Now yer talkin'. I picked the .35 Whelen cause I want to get one for moose whenever I get drawn again. I shot one with the .30-06 and wasn't impressed and one with the .450 Marlin and lost an insane amount of meat so I'm figuring something halfway in between is exactly what I'm looking for.
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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

I went with the Whelen as well. I love big bore guns and I would have to say that for Pennsylvania woods hunting the .35 Whelen is about as good as it gets in my mind. I am planning on hopefully securing a Remington custom shop mountain rifle in this caliber when I get home.
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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

Buddy shot a Moose in Maine last year with a 35 Whelen Improved.
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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

I have seen several elk shot with the 338 WM and most fell at the shot. All were well placed shots. Elk hunting is all I have used this caliber for so I do find it limited in the lower US. My rifle is heavy but somewhat tames the recoil. If I had to choose between the two I feel the .338 WM is the only way to go.
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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

i barreled 98 mauser for 35 whelen when comparing it to 338 win magnum 250 300 fps differance like comparing a 6mm to a 243 win count in the cost of ammo. belted case compared to a resized 30-06 i'll take a whelen any day. and have a chance to really wear out a big bore high power barrel.
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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

speculate that the 358 win in a savage 99 was a great elk rifle. the 35 whelen still having a following through out the 50's to present day then remington making it legit in 90 or so. i had a buddy that owned a 700 classic i loaded and shot a lot of stuff through that rifle it was fun. i got the bug my self. i always passed on the 338.
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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

I got a .338 because I had a great deal on it. Still have not fired it but since I hunt with a .300 Win believe I will love the big bang. My brother-in-law used to own one and he didn't mind the recoil He is a bit smaller than me instature too by about 50 pounds LOL.

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Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen

Ballistics of the .338 are much better but, the lower recoil on the .35 made it my pick. Magnum power from a non belted case, easier to reload, and brass lasts longer. The.35 is all you would need for any North American game. Personally, I would split the difference and go .338-06.

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