I was loading some 358 Winny loads for a friend the other day and whilst I was loading he was gawking at my Nosler manual. He asked me how his 358 compared to the 35 Whelen. Since I'm the one who has the Nosler manual sitting next to the crapper there isn't much excuse for getting this one wrong. With confidence I said they are pretty close but the 358 is a step behind the Whelen. Then he said "Well, not according to this book". He was right! These are the exact top loads as found in Noslers 5th edition manual for the 358 Win and the 35 Whelen.
Nosler 180 grain Partition top load
358 Win 35 Whelen
23" Lilja Barrel 24" Lilja Barrel
49.5 gr H335=2716 fps 56 gr IMR 4320=2715 fps
Nosler 225 grain Partition top load
49.5 gr. IMR4895=2528 fps 56.5 gr RL15=2525 fps
And furthermore...same manual. 308 Win vs 30-06..... This finding probably has less meaning in Alaska as the 150 grain bullet probably isn't the go to bullet. However in these parts everybody loads their 308s and 06's with 150s. The 06 does run away with the title with bullets over 150 grains.
Nosler 150 grain ballistic tip top load
308 Win 30-06
Lilja 24" barrel Lilja 24" barrel
48.5 gr Varget=3001 fps 59 gr IMR4350=3000 fps
These are John Noslers findings not mine and they speak volumes for the short 308 family of cartridges.
I've always held to the old saying "What ever the 308 will do the 06 will do a little better!" Well, thats not always the case!
I had this layed out so it was easy to read but when I hit the submit button it removed all voids and scrambled it together. You have to look a tad bit harder but you can still see the point I was trying to make.