Last year I shot a 2x2 young bull Moose with a 225 swift a-frame, the muzzle velocity was around 2930, and the bullet performed well.., quite well.
This October I'll be returning to Newfoundland (yaw Hoo !!!).
This time I'm thinking that my Ruger #1 A chambered in 35 Whelen would like to come along.
I've been slaying eastern whitetails with it using Barnes 225 TSX bullets over a little H 4895 to a muzzle velocity of around 2625.., incredible performance !
I've "heard/read" that the 250gr. cup & core bullets, (specifically "Hornady RN & Speer Hot-Core") are well matched to the velocities of the 35 Whelen. Is THIS true ? Currently I've been loading the Hornady over 58gr. of RL 15, sparked by Federal Gold Metal Magnum primers. I'm getting around 2460fps from my 22" barrel.
I'm looking for the best bullet here for the specific purpose of harvesting Moose. I know that some of you may be conflicted with this topic as I understand (and respect) the fact that many of you must also concern yourselves with the possibility of needing to stop a bear. There are no browns on Newfoundland.
Oh, one more thing. We'll be calling these Moose, so shots could range from just a few feet to as far as I'd care to shoot.
So, the simple question is, "what would be the best expanding AND penatrating bullet to neatly get the job done ?"
thanks for your input,