I agree that the scope is very likely to hit your forehead as mounted.
The .35 Whelen is an excellent cartridge that will handle anything on this continent, including big bear.
The recoil in that rifle might be punishing, but with a top notch recoil pad might not be too bad.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 -CENSORED-¶Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
14 -CENSORED-For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.