I'm thinking about getting a 35 Whelen. Remington just came out with their new model 700 CDL. I really like the model 700. Remington is also making a "limited run" of 35 Whelen's in their model 7600 Pump action. It comes with a 22 inch barrel. I would probably have the barrel shortend to 18 inches. I had a model 7600 carbine in 30-06 once and liked it. I think a model 7600 "carbine" in 35 Whelen would be an outstanding "brush gun" for black bear and wild bore!!! What do you think?