AH senior member
Love my 243.. but dont have a use for a 35 Whelan atm... Got a lovely mauser 9.3x62 sporter, buy some ammo, fire one, maybe 2 test shots every trip to Vic, fixes Sambar at any angle. All great Sambar rounds the 35W, 9.3 and 338WM, as effective close & far, through brush, and not a heavy rifle to carry up hills. For our backpacking Sambar hunts in mountains etc I then grab an ultralight 300WSM, much easier to climb and tote around, when all camp items etc are as light weight as possible.
Have seen the 35W, 9.3 and 338 all perform well on Water buffalo and Scrub bull too, with a tough bullet and perfect placement. I'm sure lots, and all sorts of game fell to the 318, 333, 8mm and 350s in past years.