I just ordered a couple of MRC left handed actions as they were on sale and one of them has the .473 bolt face and 3.4 mag box length.
Lately it seems all the buzz word is about the 338/06. This was what I was going to have built but then I started doing some reading on the 35 Whelen and it smokes the 338/06 in all categories except .35 caliber bullets are limited compared to .338 offerings.
Nosler reloading manual is reporting 200 fps increase (2,800 vs 2,600) over the 338/06 shooting 225 bullets. Factory headstamped brass is cheap, dies are cheap, it holds as many down as the 338/06.
I already own a .338WM and a couple of .375's so the .35 seems to fit right in the midde. Sight it in 3 inches high at 100 with the 225's and it is dead on at 200 with about 8 inches drop at 300. 99% of our shots are under 200 as it is.
This is ironic. Over a decade ago I hunted deer on Kodiak with a gent who used a Win 70 in 35 Whelen. I found his choice not in line with my tastes. And now in the last ten years I have watched myself sell off every centerfire Remington I owned to acquire mostly W70's (and MRC's) and the occasional Ruger. And now I think his choice in caliber is outstanding.
What do others here think about the 35 Whelen being a better round than the 338/06 for Alaska hunting?