I am a huge proponent of the 308 Winchester. Having said that, the 35 Whelen is a classic and very effective cartridge. Shoots reasonably flat for any sane hunting distance, makes a big hole and hits hard. Ammo is a little more expensive and a little harder to find than comparable 308 ammo. If you like the look and feel of the particular gun you are considering, go for it. You cannot go wrong with the Whelen. Great cartridge for moose, bears, deer and just about anything else on four legs.I have a chance to buy a used gun (semi-auto) that is chambered in 35 Whelen. Before I found this gun, I had wanted to buy it in 308 to use for Deer, Moose and maybe Black bear hunting in New Brunswick. I have no experiance with the 35 Whelen and would appreciate any feed back on it. I guess I'm saying: which would you buy and why?