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Reloading The 35 Whelen Rifle


Left to right:--250 gr. JSP -- 200 gr. JRN -- 158 gr. JHP

(JFN=Jacketed Flat Nose, JSP= Jacketed Spire Point,
JRN= Jacketed Round Nose, JHP= Jacketed Hollow Point)

Loads for 35 Whelen Rifle:

(Note: These are near maximum loads, you should use 10% less to start.)
(See note on Powders below or read all about various Powders.)
Bullet is .358" diameter. Due to different barrel lengths, type of bullet, seating depth, primer type and other factors, you may not get near the FPS charted. It is just a guide and the reason you should start under these charges and work up.
 

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158 grain JHP (.357 Pistol Bullet)
    2400         31.0 gr.   1,546 FPS
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180 grain JFN 
    IMR 4895     63.0 gr.   2,918 FPS
    IMR 3031     60.0 gr.   2,983
    IMR 4064     63.5 gr.   2,867
    IMR 4320     63.0 gr.   2,876
    AA2230       63.0 gr.   2,951
    RX7          53.0 gr.   2,845
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200 grain JRN
    H335         55.0 gr.   2,684 FPS
    H332         56.0 gr.   2,691
    H4895        57.0 gr.   2,689
    H380         61.0 gr.   2,602
    VARGET       57.0 gr.   2,653
    RX12         63.7 gr.   2,796
    IMR 3031     57.9 gr.   2,831
    IMR 4064     63.0 gr.   2,839
    IMR 4895     61.0 gr.   2,791
    IMR 4320     61.5 gr.   2,744
    AA2230       61.0 gr.   2,768
    BL-C(2)      63.0 gr.   2,807
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225 grain JSP 
    H335         55.8 gr.   2,637 FPS
    RX12         61.5 gr.   2,722
    IMR 3031     54.4 gr.   2,617
    IMR 4064     60.0 gr.   2,689
    IMR 4895     58.0 gr.   2,648
    IMR 4320     59.7 gr.   2,693
    AA2460       55.2 gr.   2,563
    RX12         61.5 gr.   2,722 
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250 grain JSP 
    H335         55.7 gr.   2,514 FPS
    H380         59.0 gr.   2,416
    VARGET       55.0 gr.   2,486
    BL-C(2)      59.0 gr.   2,503
    H332         52.0 gr.   2,398
    H4895        53.0 gr.   2,455
    AA2460       56.0 gr.   2,520
    RX12         58.2 gr.   2,578
    IMR 3031     51.3 gr.   2,485
    IMR 4064     56.7 gr.   2,529
    IMR 4895     55.3 gr.   2,511
    IMR 4320     56.0 gr.   2,501
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280 grain #358009 cast bullet 
    SR 4759      31.6 gr.   1,968 FPS
    IMR 3031     48.5 gr.   2,349
    IMR 4227     28.0 gr.   1,825
    IMR 4895     60.0 gr.   2,445
    IMR 4198     40.0 gr.   2,154
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Discussion: The 35 Whelen was originally a wildcat round developed in 1922. If a rifleman wanted more punch but wanted to avoid the short lived cases of belted magnums, the 35 Whelen is the only cartridge between 30'06 and the hard kicking 416 Rigsby. This is one of the reasons why the 35 Whelen was one of the few of the wildcats to survive WWII. There were no SAAMI standards for the 35 Whelen prior to its domestication by Remington in 1987. Therefore this data is not for use by custom wildcat chambered rifles. A 250 grain boattail spitzer will deliver a ton of energy at 300 yards when launched at 2,500 fps. A 250 grain boattail spitzer can have a point blank range of 300 yards on elk by zeroing 3 inches high at 100 yards.
 



Actually ALL 35 cal. bullets are .358 in diameter.




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#2400 is a product of Alliant (formerly Hercules) Powders.
H380, H335, BL-C(2), Varget, H332 and H4895 are products of Hodgdon Powders.
IMR 3031, IMR 4320, IMR 4064, IMR4198, IMR4227 and IMR 4895 are products of IMR (formerly DuPont) Powder Company.
AA2320 and AA2460 are products of Accurate Arms Company
 

References: Lyman 47th  Reloading Manual - - NRA Shooting Illustrated Jan 2004 - - Hodgdon's 35 Whelen Rifle Data webpage
.35-06 Garand page of Martin Frankford M1 Garand rebored to .35 Caliber

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