recently there have been a number of posts on the .358 norma magnum, and while this is a fine big game cartridge ( i own a husquvarna custom w/25" shilen barrel ) it is overbore and not efficient in a barrel shorter that 24". this isn't meant to start an argument...but is a fact shown on a simple cronograph.
because magnums were ( are ) expensive to buy and shoot the .35 whelen was developed in 1922 by col. whelen and james howe. this fine cartridge is simply a necked up 30-06 which requires a standard length action, and no boltface modification. the rifle will handle bullets from 180gr-250gr in standard loadings. custom bullets offer even more versatility.
part of the shear economy of this cartridge is simple availability of 30-06 brass and a modicum of medium burning powder. my remington 700 action rifle, with a 22" douglas #3 barrel will crono 200gr barnes @ 2807-2816fps. switching to a heavier 250 gr hornady bullet it is still moving over 2533fps. and all with less than 60gr of powder!
my rifle likes a small amount of aa2015, but also imr4350, and hodgdon 335. infact it is the most flexible rifle i own, and will shoot into 1.5" with most anything.
still chambered by remington, this rifle can be found on the dealers shelf, and in hunting cabins all accross the land, satisfying the needs of hunters of meat and dangerous game equally.
in a world of super magnums, this modest rifle deserves high praise!