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#1262797 - Tue Jul 28 2009 07:47 PM 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen
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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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#1262809 - Tue Jul 28 2009 07:56 PM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: NorthEast Cammer]
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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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#1263038 - Tue Jul 28 2009 09:59 PM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: Cold Bore]
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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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#1263292 - Wed Jul 29 2009 03:08 AM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: *Moose]
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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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#1263297 - Wed Jul 29 2009 03:30 AM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: *Moose]
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Buddy shot a Moose in Maine last year with a 35 Whelen Improved.
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#1263307 - Wed Jul 29 2009 04:24 AM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: John Henry]
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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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#1263312 - Wed Jul 29 2009 04:47 AM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: NorthEast Cammer]
tridaddy Offline
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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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#1263330 - Wed Jul 29 2009 06:09 AM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: NorthEast Cammer]
tridaddy Offline
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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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#1263341 - Wed Jul 29 2009 06:39 AM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: tridaddy]
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Registered: Sun Nov 26 2006
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Loc: Robinson, Indiana county, Pa
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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#1263369 - Wed Jul 29 2009 07:29 AM Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen [Re: rflktrman]
angus Offline
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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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