Re: 338 Win Mag vs. 35 Whelen
I'm not a huge magnum fan, but of the magnums, the 338 WM is about the most sensible to me.
It's a bit stout for PA, but if you hunt something that justifies a magnum, the magnums smaller than the 338 WM are too easily imitated by other "standard" cartridges. When you need enough of a difference to get outside of the 30-06-ish arena, and need to step up to a magnum, you might as well skip the rest and go to the 338.
Besides, if I'm going to stay with the 30-06 parent case, it's going to be (and IS !) a 338-06 for me.