Well Bob,Forrest Halley
You're a cheeky bugga, I'm trying to find what the Whelen is NOT useful for. So fare I used it on rabbits up to kudu and black wildebeest.
Think I might have to keep using it to find out what else I can use it on.
That little 243 loaded with a Barnes 80grain TTSX or 95 grain SST or a good 100grain round nose MIGHT make it JUST alright for SMALLER deer but it sure ain't adequate for a big red stag unless it's eating a slice of bread off the end of your barrel. Then it might do.
Mary Lou the 3rd cousin of my aunt's niece reckons the 243 is just dandy for coyote and stray cats but not much bigger. She uses he 35 Whelen on every thing else and reckons it just dandy on them moose.
I started off with .30-06's. The Sorta Bore(.243) came as an heirloom from an Uncle that mostly hunting varmints, but left the whitetail option open. I'll agree that it's a bit loud for what it is as is a .223/5.56. I am trying to figure out what I can't kill with the .30-06. I got bored with it, so I switched to a .300WM which was even more boring. I love my .375's. I wish I had found them first. The thunder of the shot is amazing.
I believe man could get by with a .22 Magnum and a .375 H&H. Of course a man would be even better suited with a .30-06 in the mix.
That .35 business is just an odd bullet diameter that doesn't have any particular ballistic grace, but I am sure glad you like it. It's a good idea to shoot a rifle you like. Even if it is a .35...
The best .35 I know of has a 7 after it for luck and uses about 22 grains of Win 296.