Re: 35 wapiti vs 8mm ultra mag
The choice of caliber would largely depend on what you are trying to accomplish here, but in general my advice would be that it isn't a great idea to pick from these less popular calibers that have limited bullet selection choices.
Other than the fact that those bores don't do anything that 30, 338 and 375 don't do as well or better, and while there is nothing wrong with those bore dimensions per se, bullet makers haven't been inclined to invest in tooling and marketing for calibers for which there is less demand.
I happen to like both bores, and have long been a fan of the 35, but the 338 outperforms both; so these days, for a heavy hitter I would just pick up a 375 Ruger, and as a complement to a 338 Lap, I would want something on the lighter end like a 7 WSM.
In a sense, the marketplace is the final arbiter for ballistic performance...if you can't buy it, you can't shoot it.
Last edited by Top Cat; 03-06-2012 at 08:05 PM.