Shaman! How does your .35 Whelen perform on deer? I have yet to kill a deer with either of mine but have killed one massive feral hog with it. I currently use the 200 gr Remington Core Lokts in my Remington 700 but have pondered on the 250 gr Core Lokts for my Ruger M77 Hawkeye. What is your opinion on these bullets and bullet weights?
While I'm on this, have a look at the 358 WIN. It is what you get if you go to the other end of the spectrum from the .243 WIN. It's what you can do with a .308 WIN case stretched in the other direction. Where the .243 necks it down to take a 6mm bullet. The .358 WIN stretches the case to take a .358 bullet (same as a .357 magnum pistol or a 350 Rem Mag) Look at what that buys you versus what it costs. The .243 WIN is a light round that will double as a varmint load. The .358 WIN is a deep woods deer killer, the 35 REM on steroids, and is not under-powered even for elk or bear. It has lots more retained energy, but it sacrifices flatness. Instead of a deer/varmint load you have a deer/bear sort of thing going on. By the way, I load my one rifle in 35 Whelen to mimic the .358 WIN-- it's an awesome deer killer too.
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