.32 Winchester vs 35 Remington


August 7, 2008, 09:52 PM
How do these round compare? If supply of ammo equally easy to find and similarly priced which would you choose? (No I don't plan on buying either, any time soon.)

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August 7, 2008, 10:02 PM
The .32 Winchester is about the same as a .30-30 Winchester where bullet weights and velocity is concerned.

The .35 Remington is a slightly more modern round, with a bit heavier bullets. Found chambered in a variety of rifles, bolt action, lever, semi auto, and pump.

Not all that interested in either on, although if I had to choose, probably take the Remington cartridge. Unless I found an old old Winchester 1894 in .32.

August 7, 2008, 10:05 PM
I could be mistaken, but I think the .35 Remington is much more common and available than the .32 Win. I'd pick that.

August 7, 2008, 10:32 PM
35 remington is a lot easier to find, and it's being currently manufactured in a durn fine rifle, the Marlin 336. I don't know offhand if anyone currently makes rifles in 32 winchester, but I doubt it.

Joe Demko
August 7, 2008, 11:03 PM
.35 Remington is the way I'd go. Easier to find. Also a darn good T/C Contender round if you have the barrel.

August 7, 2008, 11:05 PM
Winchester designed the .32 Winchester Special as a ballistic equivelent to the .30/30 Winchester that could be reloaded equally well with either black powder or smokeless powder.
The rifling of the .32 caliber rifles was optimized to work equally as well with cast lead bullets or jacketed bullets.
Important selling points to people living in remote areas who reloaded most of the ammunition they shot.

The .30/30 was designed from the outset to specifically use smokeless powder and jacketed bullets, two things not readily available in remote general stores and trading posts during the late 90s and early twentieth century.

If Winchester was nothing else at that time, they were marketing geniuses.

The .35 Remington was designed as a medium to heavy game cartridge for the very new for the time, semi auto, Model 8 Remington Rifle.
A novel rifle and an effective cartridge for anything in the Americas up to about 250 yards.

If I was around in their time I would have had to have both, plus a .30/30 for good measure.
These were all excellent cartridges from their era.

August 7, 2008, 11:52 PM
I tought the .32 Special was a 30/30 on steriods. guess I was wrong.

Jim Watson
August 8, 2008, 12:09 AM
No, that was the .33 WCF.

August 8, 2008, 12:59 AM
I see that hornady is make 32 winchester speciel in thier LEVERevolution ;ine now.

This is the stats copied from the sportsman guide LEVERevolution page.

109866 .30-30 Winchester® 160 Grs. 2,400 2,048

136242 .32 Win.® Special 165 Grs. 2,410 2,128

109901 .35 Remington® 200 Grs. 2,225 2,198

1st number is the Muzzle Velocity (F.P.S.)

2nd number Muzzle Energy (Ft.-lbs.)

I have an old Winchester 94 in 32 winchester i plan on trying some Leverevolution in soon.

But from the numbers seem pretty close, although the 35 rem. is alot more common.


Nate C.
August 8, 2008, 01:20 AM
I didn't even realize 32 Winchester Special was in production anymore. You can't go wrong with that new Hornady ammo; it might be worth checking out.

.35 Rem is a darn good choice for deer and pigs.

August 8, 2008, 09:40 AM
<<==== 35 Remington

Larger Frontal Area = Faster Energy Transfer. Multiple platforms chambered in it. A very accurate round, too.

Jim Watson
August 8, 2008, 10:28 AM
Wow, I would not have thought there were enough .32 W.S. left in use to pay Hornady to tool up for rubbernose bullets to fit.

August 8, 2008, 12:11 PM
Me too, Jim. Ammo for them was still fairly common in the country towns where I grew up back in the '60's, but they were mostly used in folk's 'hand-me-down' rifles. I can't recall knowing of anyone who bought a new .32 Spl. Marlin or Winchester carbine rather than a .30-30.

I suppose that there're still a lot of them out there in closets and safes. They sold well enough that I saw at least some new rifles still being offered for sale in the caliber up to about 30-odd years ago.

I traded a Marlin 336 in .30-30 for newer one in .35 Remington about then. My main reason was atypical, I suppose, but it turned out to work just as well as I'd supposed in practice.

I could only afford to own and load for one CF rifle and one handgun at the time. I bought a new Dan Wesson 15-2 and swapped for the .35 Remmie carbine because I could use the same Lyman 358429 cast bullet and 2400 powder to make good, accurate utility ammo for both.

I've still got both of them, and the loads are still just as usefull.

August 8, 2008, 02:19 PM
Winchester was chambering the '94 in 32W.S. right up to 1980 and have done a few specials into the'90's. I have a '94/32W.S. built in 1979. I also have a Marlin 336A built in 1949. To answer: 35 is probably a better choice today.

August 8, 2008, 08:03 PM
my grandpa has a .32 spec model 94 that belonged to my great uncle. my grandpa had one box of ammo last him about 15 seasons. ( at 1 deer per season) until he quit hunting ~30 years ago hes 94 now. i hope to inherit this rifle one day and would have no qualms shooting deer or pig with it.

that being said, i regret passing on a .35 rem marlin 336 to go with my 30-30 marlin. you dont see them offerd much around here.

either cartidge will do you fine on pigs and deer.

Nate C.
August 8, 2008, 10:06 PM
You can get a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington pretty easily. Look on Gunbroker and you'll find one, but be careful! Everytime I go on there my checkbook gives a little tiny scream and shrinks just a little...

August 8, 2008, 11:05 PM
33 winchester is a 45-70 necked down,not a 30-30 necked up

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