.338/06 vs 35 Whelan-which is better?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by hairbear1, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. hairbear1

    hairbear1 Active Member

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    Ok fellas I may be onto a reasonably cheap M98 actioned 30/06 with a stuffed barrel and as I have quite a few once fired 30/06 cases and a bit of an interest in the .338/06 I was also looking at the 35Whelan but am now so screwed up I can't decide as both are very close to each other in performance and both can use a 250gn pill.
    So what I'm looking for is varying opinions on both calibres pluses and minuses and then I'll decide from there,regards
     
  2. Lindenwood

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    Seems like the .338 might be a bit better at the longer hunting distances due to higher BC bullets (for a given bullet weight), though you probably wouldn't really notice much under like 250 yards. However, the .35 Whelen will allow the use of cheaper .357 bullets for target shooting (and even hunting of medium-sized game... a 180gr .357-intended JSP at like 2900fps would be like a grenade, heh).

    So, "better" is still relative as it seems while they both approach the same goal, the .338 might have the advantage of slightly flatter trajectory while cost of loading might go to the .35.
     

  3. Gatekeeper

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    The 338-06 is probably just as effective, but I'm a huge fan of the classic 35 Whelen, to quote one of my other 3 friends/relatives that have a Whelen "I love it, it's not fancy, but it just flat out kills $hit!" :p

    Accuracy with the Whelen has been outstanding. All 4 of the Whelens our little group has (2 Remington 700cdl's, a converted 1917 Enfield, and my Rem 7600) shoot around 1 moa or better using 250gr Hornady Interlocks. My pump 7600 averages 3/4" at 100 yards using a 2-7 power scope.
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    Performance on game (Deer and Black Bear) has been great as well. Total penetration, wound channels are large and show evidence of good expansion, pulverized bone and internal organs, but the lower velocity seems to not cause much damage to surrounding meat outside of the wound channel. In short the performance on game has been pretty much perfect.:D

    Another great option for a 98 mauser action, would be the classic 9.3x62 mauser chambering. Can easily make cases from 30-06 or 8mm mauser casings. Awesome performance with a little larger frontal diameter. I especially like the looks of the 286gr bullets.
    I've got a 09 Argentine that is just begging for this chambering:D
     
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  4. M14sRock

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    Is that the 7600 you said you'd trade me for my .30-06 Carbine 7600?

    Oh, and can I have your 1909, too?

    Thanks.
     
  5. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    Nah, I'm keepin' my Amish machine gun:D

    but the 09??? Sure. I'll trade for a player to be named later.
    So tell me again about that LRB...[​IMG]
     
  6. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    Which LRB?

    But there isn't a 1909 out there that is worth one of my LRBs. They keep me warm.:D
     
  7. Gatekeeper

    Gatekeeper New Member

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    sure, rub it in :rolleyes:
     
  8. M14sRock

    M14sRock New Member

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    You know I had to.:p

    Wait til the new one is finished. Creamy, and delicious.
     
  9. Wambli

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    I'd hate to live on the difference in performance. I just like the .35 Whelen because it's a great classic the works well and because I can get decent factory ammo for it. The new Hornady Superformance is really nice ammo.
     
  10. jpattersonnh

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    If you have a '98 Mauser action, It screams to be a 9.3x62. A 286gr at 2500fps has 3900fp of energy. A 250gr .35 Whelen at 2500fps has 3400fpe. The 9.3 will take care of everything including Grizzley. It is the only round under .375 that is legal to use for dangerous game in Africa.

    200 yard Velosity:2090.6 Mach:1.873 FPE @ 200 yards:2775

    Lions, Tigers, and bears, they die!
    I've got a 9.3x57. At 200 yards it retains 2100 fpe at 2200fps MV. 286gr.
    .35 Whelen: 2342fpe at 200 w/ a 250gr.

    People compare the .35 Whelen to the 9.36x62, it is much closer to the 9.3x57.
    At 150 yards you would be hard pressed to find game in the lower 48 that would know the difference.
    Sorry, I'm a purist when it comes to Mausers. Gate keeper has the right idea!

    Here is my lowly 1943 Husqvarna 9.3x57, '96 action. The potato chucker!
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