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Whelen Elk bullet / loads?

22 Nov 2020
@ 01:25 pm (GMT)

Daniel Schindler


I am a relatively new owner of a 700 Classic in 35 Whelen. That I am a Whelen fan is a HUGE understatement, for all the reasons I know you are aware of. I put the very nice wood in the attic and installed a B&C Medalist stock. Recent range time confirms this rifle has great accuracy potential based on factory ammunition MOA results @ 100 yards. The original trigger was replaced w/a Timney, no doubt contributing to the accuracy results along with the Swaro Z5 2.5x12 scope. Hand loading will begin shortly.

This entire rifle/cartridge/scope assembly was purchased for a specific purpose – Elk hunting. 2021 trip plans are already being explored. I’ve read the Cartridge Research column on the Whelen too many times to count – Thank You Nathan. I have the 225 and 250 Partitions and today purchased the 225 Game Kings per Nathan’s research recommendations. Everything seems to be coming together nicely, leaving only some good work in front of me.

I’m requesting your personal experience and recommendations with 35 Whelen bullets, powder, velocities…emphasis on Elk sized game. Sorry, I’ve no interest in Barnes or any other type of copper monolithic bullets.

Thank you.




23 Nov 2020
@ 06:55 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Whelen Elk bullet / loads?
Hi Daniel. Sorry, I can’t tell you from personal experience what’s the best elk medicine in your favorite caliber. Nathan’s book, “The Practical Guide to Long Range Cartridges,” covers bullet-construction in great detail. I think it would help you select the magic bullet, and also put to rest any fears you might have that your selected cartridge is not a “magnum.” Regarding elk in particular, take a look at the topic “Head shot” under the “Medium and large game hunting” section. The title, “Head shot,” is misleading. The comments from the forum members cover all the possible shots, and are all based on personal experience.
23 Nov 2020
@ 07:14 am (GMT)

Daniel Schindler

Re: Whelen Elk bullet / loads?
Thank you Scott and will do. Much obliged.


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