I traded for a remington 750 carbine in 35 whelen the other day. I didn't particularly have any burning desire for it but it was a "good trade" value wise and it would make for a good gun to loan my buddy. I loaded up a couple of boxes of ammo from some tried and true loads I have had for other whelens slapped on my tester scope, burris FFII 3-9, and headed to the range this morning.
It absolutely refused to feed from the magazine, either failure to pick up a cartridge, or they would all come spewing up into the action. It was very discouraging. I got so discusted with it I even stopped by a local gun shop to see what I could trade it for and almost took a $300 offer on it. The magazine didn't have very much spring tension so I figured I would try it with a new magazine and see if that fixed it, otherwise I was going to take the trade. I found a stainless magazine for it at a local shop and headed back to the range. Problem solved.
I shot it 26 times with the new magazine and never had any failure of any kind. Accuracy was pretty decent too, groups averaging between 1 1/4 - 1 1/2", 3 shot 100 yards. I was shooting a fairly moderate load of varget with 250gr speer bullet for just over 2400fps. This load had proven very accurate in a couple of bolt guns I have had also.
Overall I'm pretty impressed with this rifle, it handles like a short 20ga shotgun, quick to point and not too heavy. Accuracy is plenty good for moose/bears at any practicle range and the overall compact length makes it a good fit for across the handlebars of the 4 wheeler.
The only real drawback I can see so far is no real way to quietly chamber a round. Since I almost never carry with a round in the chamber that could be an issue.