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fireform 35 Whelen Imp w 357 bullets

laogailaogai Member Posts: 309 ✭✭✭
edited May 2012 in Ask the Experts
i have a 35 whelen improved rifle and need to fireform more from standard 35 whelen cases.

can i use 38 pistol bullets (357 diameter)?
any safe reduced load info, as all i am doing is fireforming and want minimal pressures?

anyone tried the Cream of Wheat method, and does it dirty the barrel?


  • Riomouse911Riomouse911 Member Posts: 3,493 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Yes you can use .357 mag bullets, I use them in .35 Rem cases for plinking all the time. As for reduced loads, {Elsewhere} had a forum where a guy used 12 gr Unique with a handgun bullet, but I didn't see where that was a fireforming load. Shooters furum had this posting for fireforming 35 Ack impr.: "I have been having a lot of fun fire forming cases using 42 gr. Of rl 7 behind a berry 158 gr. .357 bullet."

    Again, check your reloading manuals, or call powder companies and inquire with their tech experts before loading or firing any to make sure you're ok.
  • charliemeyer007charliemeyer007 Member Posts: 7,289 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Cream of wheat will work better in a more bottle necked case. Any good cast bullet and load data for your 35 Whelen / Improved will be just fine. Unique is a good choice and you could use cast bullet data from a 35 Remington.
  • navc130navc130 Member Posts: 1,159 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    15 gr. of Unique, Cream of Wheat and toilet paper wad worked for me to form a German 8mm-360 case from 30-30 cases. Why not just load the standard case and fireform it at full power. The headspacing should be the same.
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