Ha. Thanks. Need another rifle project like a new hole in my head, but it was finally make the decision to do something with it, or else there it would sit. The one nice thing is I already done all the work before bedding it and free floating the barrel etc, back when it was a 30-06, so it should be ready to roll.Well, while she was playing around, things must have gotten weird for her to be sporting a bigger bore and a new tattoo. Maybe it's for the better. Actually looks rather nice.
Shade I use a RCBS FL sizer die necking up 30-06 brass to 35 Whelen with no problems. I anneal the necks then lube inside the necks before running thru the die with Imperial sizing lube. Haven't lost any yet. You might have had a couple of weak cases. Dan.Thanks fella's. At some point I will experiment with it's full potential as a Whelen, but for now I'll start out experimenting with cast bullts, and I'll also try a reduced load with the 180 Speer FP's I have on hand.
I necked up forty 30-06 cases before I got it back. They were all older previously fired cases. I annealed them first, then used a Lee 8x57 stem in my Lee 348 die, then went from that to my 348 stem, then through the Whelen die. Didn't lose a single case doing it that way.
Just for kicks I tried necking up 2 that were not annealed and went straight from 30-06 to 35 Whelen. They sized up easy enough but 1 of the 2 split the neck wide open. In the future I might try going straight to the Whelen die with annealed cases and see what it does. Might just lose a few that way, or maybe none, don't know.
Yep a JES rebore. I'm gonna start out running some Speer's through it to get an idea of how it shoots and I'll see how bad or not it's coppering up and go from there. Thanks for the suggestion.I take it this is a JES rebore with cut rifling so since you plan on shooting lead and cast bullets you might consider using powder coated lead bullets till you smooth out the bore.
Powder coated bullets will cut down on lead fowling the barrel and will also cut down on the smoke from burning lubricants.