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Question on post-63 custom shop .35 Whelen rifle
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I usually don’t pursue or have much interest in post-63 rifles.  Somewhere around 10 years ago (probably longer).  I spotted a couple rifles from the Winchester custom shop.  One was a .35 Whelen and the other may have been in an even more exotic chambering.  I recall they had very fancy wood.  It might even be the Whelen had an octagon barrel.  They were a couple thousand dollars each.  I was sorely tempted but decided to stick to my path of collecting antique and vintage rifles.  I have never seen rifles like these again.  My recollection was they were not one-off rifles, but very few were made. 

They were something on the order of this:

https://www.gunsinternational.com/guns-for-sale-online/rifles/winchester-rifles-model-70-pre-64/winchester-model-70-classic-custom-safari-35-whelen-grade-2-engraved.cfm?gun_id=101714686

Ring a bell with anyone?

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Only bell it rings with me is an alarm:  look carefully at close-up of PG checkering; “OK,” but not commensurate with first-quality work–not what you’d see on work by Fisher, Biesen, & the like.

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I like it. My first hunting rifle was a 30-06 Winchester 670 that I had converted to 35 Whelen when a bit of rifling let go. I completed the upgrade with a fancy Boyd stock and glass bedding. I liked the cartridge so much that I purchased a Ruger Hawkeye in the same chambering as a backup/bad weather gun. If I didn’t have a half dozen or so nice idle hunting rifles I could get pretty excited about this one.

I wonder what it sold for?

 

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I like it. My first hunting rifle was a 30-06 Winchester 670 that I had converted to 35 Whelen when a bit of rifling let go. I completed the upgrade with a fancy Boyd stock and glass bedding. I liked the cartridge so much that I purchased a Ruger Hawkeye in the same chambering as a backup/bad weather gun. If I didn’t have a half dozen or so nice idle hunting rifles I could get pretty excited about this one.

I wonder what it sold for?

 

Mike

  

I have an interest in the .35 Whelen as well.  The only cartridge I like better (other than the .33 WCF and .32 Special of course) is my .35 Whelen improved. Mine is in a custom Mauser rifle.  I believe the, “improved” version is indeed an improvement over the original version – and not just because of increased case capacity.  The .35 Whelen is a highly versatile cartridge and handles .358 jacketed pistol bullets up to the heavy bullets.  As a big game hunting cartridge it really shines with the 225 grain and 250 grain bullets – and there are many excellent bullet choices in those weights.  

It would be interested to know what this fancy Winchester sold for.  

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Ok, this is also along the lines of what I was remembering.  I was recalling an exotic chambering and I think this was it:

https://lsbauctions.com/13808/winchester-custom-shop-model-70-358-sta-24-stainless-bolt-action-rifle/

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