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Remington 7600 in 35 Whelen - Advice

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by TexasEd, Aug 12, 2009.

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  1. TexasEd

    TexasEd Member

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    Has anyone had any time in the field or on the range with the Remington 7600 in 35 whelen. Deer, boar and elk on the menu. Thanks
     
  2. shaggy430

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    I have a 7600 in 270 that I really like, but if I had it my way it would be a .35 Whelen. I think the Whelen is the mack-daddy of the non-magnums and should be fine for everyting you mentioned.
     
  3. hardluk1

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    Never owned one, have shot one and would love to own one. Got to be one of the best rounds that just did not make it to be widely accepted.
     
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    Wonderful deer/bear gun. Keep it at reasonable ranges and it will serve you well. Very Popular in PA for bear. Most guys who sell them around here for the newest 300 Wizbang Magnum wish they didn't.:banghead:
     
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    With proper bullets and load it will take anything on this continent. It is reputed to be very accurate, and efficient.
     
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    I hunt with a fellow Idahoan who uses it for hunting elk. He swears by it.
     
  7. Johnny Guest

    Johnny Guest Moderator Emeritus

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    I love the cartridge

    Elder Son and I each have a bolt gun in .35 Whelen. His is an iron-sighted '03 Springfield sporter and mine is a Remington 700BDL We both use a handload with 250 Hornady bullet. My only game with it was one large hog at about 125 yds. One shot, DRT.

    It throws a good-sized bullet at moderate velocity, with modest recoil. I have every confidence in mine, out somewhere beyond 250 yards.

    I have only limited experience with the Remington pump gun. Texas Rangers used to issue the 760 in .30'06. It had a good reputation for accuracy and reliability.

    Johnny
     
  8. R.W.Dale

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    I had one for a spell but all I ever killed was paper and my shoulder

    As with all my experiences remington pumps this rifle was astoundingly accurate

    It was rather punishing from the bench

    I would not however choose a 35w over a 30-06 had It to do over again simply because 35cal rifle bullets cost almost TWICE that of .30 cal

    a box of 250grn Hornady spire points is a whopping $37 per hundred
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    $21 for the same bullets in a 180grn .308" configuration

    and when you get right down to it there's not much in the lower 48 that the 35W will kill that a 180g 30-06 won't kill just as dead
     
  9. pjh980

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    I have that same rifle, I bought it 3 years ago. I have killed two buck with it using 250 grain Hornady round nose reloads. Both deer went no more than 30 feet. I really like the rifle. It carries well and points very naturally for me. If I could only keep one of my rifles and were forced to sell off the rest, this would be the one I would keep. There is not much it cannot do.

    If the price is right for you, I would get it. If you don't like it, I think there is a pretty good market for them, you should have no problems selling it. I paid 500 dollars for mine used, but never fired.

    Hope this helps.
     
  10. roklok

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    I have a lot of experience with the .35 Whelen, but not in the 7600. I have a Rem 700, Ruger 77, and a Ruger #1 all in the Whelen. My favorite big game cartridge, I have killed 8 different big game species with the Whelen, including grizzly, moose and muskox. It gets the job done, no problem.
     

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