Reloading The 35 Whelen Rifle

Posted on: Wednesday January 6, 2021
Reloading The 35 Whelen Rifle
MD Smith

MD Smith


The 35 Whelen Rifle

(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.

158 grain JHP (.357 Pistol Bullet)
2400 31.0 gr. 1,546 FPS
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
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
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
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
280 grain #358009 cast bullet
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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
MR 4198 40.0 gr. 2,154

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.

The 35 Whelen Rifle

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

#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