The .35 Whelen isn’t exactly a long-range cartridge, as lower-BC bullets generally limit effective range to several hundred yards with most loads. The cartridge has, however, earned a reputation as a legitimate thumper over the years, delivering energy that isn’t too terribly far behind some .375 H&H Magnum loads and proving its worth on the largest of North American game. Hand loaders can wring maximum performance out of the cartridge, but there’s plenty of factory ammo from Barnes, Nosler, Hornady, Federal, and Remington, among others, that will get most any job done handily with proper bullet selection. The Hornady 200-grain Superformance load, for example, exits the muzzle at 2,910 fps, producing an impressive 3,760 foot pounds of energy. That’s only about 200 foot pounds behind some .375 H&H Magnum loads with 250-grain bullets.