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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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400 whelen

i have a sporterized 98 mauser in 8x57 and next year i'm either going to rebore or rebarrel to the 400 whelen. (read https://web.archive.org/web/20101203...pace_myth.htm# to headspace it). i was going to do the 375 whelen but i already have a 9.3x57(.366"). and i can say that 4-something something!

since 150 lbs whitetails will be its main course, i'll only go 1600-1800fps in 350-400gr fn gc. i hunt in close cover, so 60+ yards is a loooong shot, 25-35 yards is more likely.

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i've been thinking of taking it to JES(i like that peep sight) but i might rebarrel it to 24"(it has a 22" barrel). i doubt that extra 2" is a make or break situation, but i like the 24" over the 22". the 98 mauser NEEDS a timney trigger and i'll go with richard's stock( Richards Microfit Gunstocks ), it will be a wolverine style and either a blue coral or black walnut stock.

i doubt highly that i'll get the chance to hunt elk or moose, but my sons' might and i'll just happen to have a rifle that they can use....it sounds good, don't it!!!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 05:08 PM
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That's a cool rifle! Good luck with the build.
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I have had a hankering for an 03 Springfield for a trip to JES and a rebore to 400 Whelen.

When I come across the right donor, I’ll get it going.

You’re gonna have a great rig there!
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Always fun to have something folks don't see every day. The .400 Whelen would be that...………

The hang-up I see is you either shoot bullets designed for the .405 Winchester or you pay $1/each for higher end custom stuff like Hawk bullets. IIRC, Qual-Cart makes properly head stamped brass for about $2/each.

Kinda a spendy number when there's other rounds that would do the same thing or more for less $$$. But far be it for ME to lecture ANYONE on loading for and shooting off-the-wall, money hungry guns.

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2 bucks a piece for brass? that's a deal!! my 40-70 Ballard brass is around 5 bucks!
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300wsm brass from Nosler is $70/25

I wouldn’t sweat brass. You have tons of raw material to work from if need be.

Bullets... I guess there you’re stuck.

But you also aren’t gonna go blasting away an afternoon with a 400 Whelen, either.
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But you also aren’t gonna go blasting away an afternoon with a 400 Whelen, either.
Awww...…...why not ??? That's what they're FOR !!!!!!
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as long as i have lead and tin, i shoot it!!!!! i like to cast own boolits. the only jacketed bullet i buy is the 20cal 34gr hp for my 20 vartarg.

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The .400 Whelen Story Pt.1
The .400 Whelen Story Pt.2
https://www.qual-cart.com/400%20cal.htm


this is what i want.

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I thought .35 cals had a big hole in the end of the barrel! That would be like a .410!

That barely there shoulder is something I'd be concerned with, mebey it's not an issue?

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