BARNES 35 WHELEN 180GRAIN TTSX
The Barnes 35 Whelen 180Grain has a fascinating history. Griffin and Howe’s James Howe designed it in part in response to letters from Leslie Simpson and Stewart Edward White. A decent all-round rifle for African use, according to the letter, would be one with a caliber of 333 to 350. again, A bullet weighing 250 to 300 grains (preferably 275 grains at 2500 fps) was also required.
The excellent performance of the 318 Westley-Richards with a 250-grain bullet was known to some of our country’s best large game shooters. On thin-skinned hazardous and non-threatening wildlife in Africa, the 333 Jeffrey with a 300-grain bullet and the 350 Rigby with a 310-grain bullet were used.The bullet for the ancient British 333 Jeffery is very similar to the 300-grain copper tube bullet, which is of passing interest.
Winchester created the 333 for the 338 Magnum. The 35 Whelen was the first of Griffin and Howe’s three (three) attempts to create a cartridge that met this standard. All of them were caliber 35. 35 Whelen is just a 30-06 necked up to 35 caliber, and it’s about as simple to make from ’06 brass as the 270.