I put the 1.5-5x21 scope on the .35. I had it on a .308 I used for a woods rifle. The whelen will be better for elk. Stole a little time and got to the range with a box of Fusion 200 gr. Other than scoping myslef first shot, went well. I am undecided about spending the effort to reload with the cost of working up a load for a gun that will do little target work. OTH, it is fun to find a different bullet. I did fire form one 06 case with cream of wheat ; resized in a .25 die as I cannot locate my 30 06 die right now. Perfect form. I put the 4-12 back on the .308, that is what it came with. I will now change it to 150 gr. from 180 as it is not the perfect elk gun anyway. I really need to save some money and get better glass for it than the no name Dicks special. I found that the bull barrel measures 22 instead of 24, but is not the same contour as my other handis. Must be a special run of some sort.