Monday, December 23, 2019

New 35 Whelen

Last summer I was browsing an online firearms site and came across a new, in the box, Remington CDL Special Edition 35 Whelen. After a bit of dickering the rifle was on its way to my home.

The photographs of the Whelen in the ad had looked great, so I was really anxious to see it... And sure enough, the rifle was exactly what I had hoped it would be.

I love quality wood stock rifles for their look and feel. The only problem is that wood stocks are not as well suited for hunting as are synthetic stocks; not if you hunt like I do. After a couple of seasons my wood stock rifles are chipped and scratched... Miles of cross country hunting in thick difficult terrain does that. Even worse, the temperature and moisture extremes I put my rifles through make it hard for most wood stocks, even pillar bedded and free floated ones, to hold zero. I speak from experience.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Gravel Pit Winter Trout

I wrote previously about the trout I stocked in a flooded gravel pit. You can read the article HERE with details about the gravel pit.

Winter has now locked the pond in under 28 inches of ice. It's nearing the end of January, but so far the fish are thriving. I don't expect them to survive the winter so we've been doing some ice fishing.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

First Trout of the Year

Stocking your own rainbow trout can be a hoot!

They have thrived. In three months some of the fish have grown to almost a foot in length, and they are active and healthy. On quiet evenings after a windy day, the surface of the water is constantly being broken with jumping fish, some launching completely into the air.

More at Whelen Woods.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Wind Farms: The Greatest Con of All Time

James Delingpole dishes up a real treat in a savage piece that hits hard at the horrifically greedy and corrupt interests that have shoved Wind Power down our throats:

How about that all you idyllic villages from Cornwall through Northamptonshire to the Fens and thence up north to the humpy Howgills and beyond who’ve had your views blighted, your peace disturbed, your property values trashed, your avian wildlife sliced and diced, your livestock frightened and your community cohesion disrupted by wind projects you never wanted, which you fought hard to prevent, but which were dumped on your doorstep anyway?

How does it feel to know that – having wasted all that time, money and heartache trying unsuccessfully to fight those greedy developers and selfish landowners through the biased planning process only to be overruled by some sinister Inspector Blight figure from the Planning Inspectorate – you’ve belatedly been vindicated by the wind industry itself?

Read the whole thing.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The New Rifle Scope

I recently decided to replace the scope on my favorite hunting rifle. There are so many options available today that the task could have been tricky, but since I knew exactly what I needed from my new scope, the task of eliminating contenders was actually quite easy.

Here's how it turned out:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

4 Outstanding Whelens

Over the years a surprising number of firearms have been chambered in 35 Whelen ... usually on a limited run basis. Some have been budget rifles, but more often than not high quality rifles have bore the Whelen stamp.

I decided to do a search of what is available today and found four very interesting and high quality rifles being manufactured at this time.

Here they are:

Friday, April 1, 2016

Barnes TSX .358

I found that under 57 grains the groups opened up and over 57 grains they opened up. The bullets are seated about 0.04" off the lands. If I got any closer the cartridges were a bit too tight in the magazine box and didn't load smoothly.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

My First Ever Bedding Project

I prefer wooden rifle stocks over synthetic ones, even though high quality synthetic rifle stocks make for more accurate shooting. Recently I made the decision to upgrade the wooden stock on my favorite rifle, a 1988 Remington Model 700 Classic. The rifle is chambered in 35 Whelen, my favorite caliber.

35 Whelen
My Favorite: Remington M700 Classic in 35 Whelen




The Remington M700 Classic is an accurate rifle; but it is a one shot deal.   The stock is light and thin and has a pressure point at the forend, so the zero moves after the first two shots.  Two shots are generally enough to heat the barrel and begin to change the harmonics.

What this means is that if you let the barrel cool completely after placing a shot, the accuracy is outstanding for the next shot.  But, the barrel must be cooled all over again.

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