I hate to wade into these kinds of discussions, especially without high boots, but here goes. I do my hunting in New Mexico and Colorado. I currently own a .22 LR, .223 Rem, .243 Win, .270 Win, and a .300 Win Mag. The .270 is my primary deer rifle with the .300 my primary elk getter. I use both of them as the backup for the other one. I'd like to buy a .35 Whelen, primarily as a hog rifle, but also as a backup to my .300 for elk. The Whelen isn't especially common in the west, therefore, not much knowledge about it. I undestand that they are fairly common in Pennsylvania and the southeast. What sort of recoil should I expect from the .35 compared to the .270 and the .300? I know that longer barrel length will increase velocity, but what is the recoil difference between an 18.5", 22.0". and 24" barrel. Recoil for the 18.5" is clearly going to be more severe than a 24", because of difference in rifle mass, but is the velocity trade off worth the difference in recoil? What is expected effective range? A .358 bullet is punching a bigger hole with a heavier bullet than a .308 sized round, but not the same delivered energy as the .300 win mag because of difference in velocity. I want something that will put a hog down, NOW! My .300 has a 24" barrel, the .270 a 22" barrel. I'd love to have the Whelen in the 18.5" barrel for handling in the field purposes, but with recoil, and velocity, at it's worst with the 18.5", I'm thinking that the longer barrel may be worthwhile. I'd appreciate the opinions of any .35 whelen lovers, as well as .35 whelen haters.