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Bob, we agree on “most” and if you want to claim the “high ground” on ballistics as well - take it.....I’m no expert in ballistics (or much else). I’m a fan of many Non magnum calibers - in many hunting situations, in fact I generally regard Magnums as more power then average Hunters/Rifleman can handle (I’m average).. But I don’t argue the ballistics that are often/usually superior in the magnums vs. their similar standard caliber counterpart. Someday, I hope to own a nice .35 Whelen but doubt I’d want to use the loads you mention in your post - I’m looking to avoid NPR (Non Productive Recoil) - not add to it. Those are some powerful loads Bob, not what I normally associate with the .35 Whelen. Don’t you think a .35 cal bullet, (if well constructed) should be able to take “Elk type” game cleanly even if moving 100 fps slower? Lastly, I was considering a .35 Whelen in a Remington 760 Gamemaster (pump action). I own two (30-06 & .308) and looking to add one. I like the pump action for close hunting situations - fast follow up shot and being a Lefty - I don’t have to contort myself to get a 2nd shot off. Both are reasonably accurate with factory ammo (1.5” MOA 3 shots). I “think” that the pump action is strong but guessing that the .35 Whelen is near the limit of what it was designed to handle.