Best platform for .35 Rem


May 20, 2012, 07:37 PM
What would be your opinions for the most inherently accurate platform Bolt/Lever/Pump for the .35 Rem cartridge. Not looking to reinvent the wheel just looking to pick up the best possible rifle in .35 Rem.

I'm taking a job in Utah that is a Temp/Contract and am liable to be out there for maybe a year. So rather that take one of my rifles with me I thought if the opportunity presented itself for a big game hunt I'd just pick up another rifle and .35 Rem is next on the list.

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May 20, 2012, 07:39 PM
336 The only platform for 35 Rem:cool:

May 20, 2012, 07:44 PM
If accuracy is the primary concern then bolt, pump then lever in that order. This allows you to use pointed bullets and push the envelope a bit with hand loads.

The lever is still the best all around action for a 35 however. No matter how hot you try to load it the 35 is never going to approach more modern rounds that would be better served in either bolt or modern pump.

May 20, 2012, 07:44 PM
The .35 Rem has at times been chambered in very accurate bolt-action rifles like the Remington Model 600, 700, and the Winchester Model 70.

Any of them would be the Crown Jewel in .35 Rem accuracy.


May 20, 2012, 07:46 PM
Of my five .35 Rems this is the most accurate. 2" at 200 yards is all you need.:D

Prolly a Model 7 Custom shop one would be it off the shelf. The 600 is a pretty rare bird.

May 20, 2012, 08:10 PM
Marlin 336.

May 20, 2012, 08:45 PM
I love the 336. Its a wonderful platform for the 35 Rem.

But I would love a custom bolt action mountain rifle by Rifles Inc. in 35 Rem.

Vern Humphrey
May 20, 2012, 09:25 PM
I realize this is not what the OP asked, but if I were goin to Utah, I'd first ask: "What am I going to hunt?" Then I'd ask, "In what kind of terrain?"

To the first question, the obvious answers are "Mule Deer, Elk and Coyotes." And to the second, "Mostly open country."

That would tend to push me toward a bolt-action in a more powerful, flatter-shooting cartridge -- like a Winchester or Remington or Savage bolt action in .308, .30-06 or .270.

May 20, 2012, 09:36 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // If you "pick up" a Remington 760 pump in .35 rem be certain to check the mag.

The last .35rem magazine I saw on G.B. sold for $85.00+ shipping.

May 20, 2012, 09:41 PM

I already have a .308/7MM Mag/25.06 but the .35 Rem is a cartridge I want in the safe. I don't even know whether I'll achive residency or be there for a Mule/Elk hunt. That's why I'm not taking one of my rifles. If the opportunity comes up or I get extended then the next cartridge in the stable for me is a
.35 rem hence the question. Short range brushbusting bear medicine...

May 20, 2012, 10:52 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Short range Bear Busting ... I haven't had the privilege yet but,

Here ya go:164802
After using a Rem. 870 Wingmaster for so many years the 760 is perfect for me.
The top one is a 1953, 760 in .35rem.,,the bottom is my 1968,.30-06 (68 was the last year it was the F.B.I. choice for sniper rifle)

I don't do much long range shooting in the S.C. brush but I do have a scope mount for the .35, they are hard to find like the mag. though.

I have had good success with the Nikon Buckmasters 3X9X50 and 40.
I prefer the Nikoplex with drop down rings in case I need the iron sights.

Good luck finding what works for you.

May 20, 2012, 10:56 PM
I once moved from PA to UT. After the first deer season, I shelved the .30-30 and bought a .270. Hunting big game in UT is pretty much a long range affair.

May 20, 2012, 11:16 PM
I acknowledge that Utah and a .35 Rem is not Ideal but I'm going back to Michigan at some point. So I want a .35... My dad and uncles both have shot .35 's for as long as I can remember and they are definate whitetail anchors. When I get back I plan on a bear hunt in the thick stuff and want a
.35 cal..

But still the .35 has taken plenty of Bear and Elk out to 200 yards and Ideally that's all I'm asking for. If I get the chance to pick up a left over tag or something while I'm there I'm going to buy a .35 in something. Hence the question.

May 20, 2012, 11:31 PM
I saw a 336 that was beautiful... Almost bought it, but but didnt for all the reasons you don't want to hear. The question isn't that hard to me: if you want the gun b/c it is a fam fav then go 336, if you want it as a medium distance hunting rifle in the West: go for the Rem or the M70.

texas chase
May 20, 2012, 11:40 PM
Marlin 336 all the way. Sweet little guns.

May 20, 2012, 11:44 PM
I believe that in any hunting situation in which the .35 Remington is well suited to, the most inherently accurate rifle is not the most important consideration. In other words, any rifle chambered in .35 Remington, provided it is in decent shape, should provide more than enough accuracy for hunting purposes to which the cartridge is suitable.

In a .35 Remington, likely to be used in cover inside of 200 yards, I think more important considerations are rifle weight, balance, and handling characteristics over pure accuracy. My favorite .35 Remington rifle is the Remington 141. Probably not the most accurate rifle chambered for the .35 Rem, but plenty accurate for the type of hunting the cartridge is well suited to. My 141 keeps them in 3-4 inches at 100 yards with an old Lyman peep sight, with no aperture installed, in other words, using it as a ghost ring sight.

May 21, 2012, 12:13 AM
Marlin is the way to go for the .35 Rem. Unless you can find a Remington pump gun (very rare). I was shooting my Marlin 375 Winchester today,
which is basically a straight walled .35 Rem. with 220 grns @ 2200 fps or a 200 grn @ 2400 fps, 2"-3" groups @ 100 yards. light, handy,
quick to shoulder and powerful.

May 21, 2012, 01:30 AM
That sounds like sound words...

May 21, 2012, 08:45 AM
A bolt action will be more accurate and sence you want a 35 caliber how about the 35 whelen hand load down to 35 rem levels and still have a serious BG cartidge too.

May 21, 2012, 08:50 AM
Remington Model 8, of course...


May 21, 2012, 09:16 AM
Having hunted and lived in Michigan for 20 years, and the West for 20 I'll throw in an opinion. Never had trouble finding a .35 Rem downstate. I've also wanted one since 5th grade.... Out west, it didn't seem to be on the shelves, used or new very often. In Michigan over the last 20 years, it is often available in a lever 336 or pump 141, but the 336's are usually older individual rifles. Any 141 is old. My preference for the round would be in a 760, a 336, a 141 then a bolt gun. I'm a bolt guy, but it's strengths are wasted in a bolt rifle. The 760 would be the neatest and rival a bolt for accuracy (based on 308/3006/270 models I've been around). Out west today, I'd imagine you'll mostly only find a new or used Marlin 336 in 35 Rem. At least my 336 experience says, quite accurate to 300 yards but exceeds the cartridge capability for in the field.

May 21, 2012, 05:58 PM
Don't forget the T/C Contender "Carbine" has been chambered in .35Rem, and these are very accurate.

I had a Rem. 760 back in the late '80's that with a Sierra 200gr RN, over an over-max loading of H322 would hit 2,350fps and shot under MOA, occasionally all five in one-hole.

But, I didn't like the ergonomics of that rifle and the fact that the forend rattled.

I have a Marlin M336 that is near moa for 3-shots. I use 40.0gr of H4895 for 2,250fps.
Sighted in 3" high at 100yds, it's zero at 180yds and 3" low at 200yds. This will take in even 85-90% of the shots in Utah on Mule deer, ect... The Hornady FTX shoots even flatter, but I'm not wild about the terminal performance. It's not quick enough expanding for my preference on our smallish whitetails....
The Marlin is scope friendly and it's hard to beat a 2x-7x scope for the .35Rem. It'll be right at home when you get back to Michigan.

May 21, 2012, 06:15 PM
I helped my neighbor build a very good platform for his 50BMG,yesterday..We can shoot a 222 Rem,a .243.270 or a 30-06 off it.It`s a 16 x 24 footer.Pressure treated.Don`t know about a 35Rem. if it will work.

May 21, 2012, 08:14 PM
Can't add much to the above. I love the 35 Remington. Remington's 760/7600 series of pumps are very accurate rifle.
My Marlin 336RC is more accurate than anyone would believe.

I'd like to have a 336A. 24" barrel with 2/3 length magazine. Very sharp looking guns.

May 22, 2012, 08:37 AM
My wife's .35 141 will one hole 'em at 50 yards with peeps, and has the advantage of handling real (not rubber bumper ) pointed nose bullets. The only thing that in my opinion would make it the ultimate woods rifle here in Michigan is that she won't let me shorten the barrel from 24" to 20...

December 28, 2012, 08:52 AM
336 marlins are great for .35 remington. UNLESS you like bullet selection, the ability to custom load your ammo, and accuracy- in which case you want a 760 or if you are lucky enough to find it, 7600 (limited run of those).
Put a 180gr ssp bullet from hornady in front of your choice of powder and you've got an everything-within-300-yards catridge that is unbeatable. I've taking coyotes to 300lb deer and everything goes down in a furry pile. Except for that one ATV- I'll be damned if the thing didn't just stand there next to my no tresspassing sign and take round after round... :p

December 28, 2012, 09:07 AM
An older Marlin 336 in .35 Rem is an excellent working rifle. I'm still a little partial to my Remington models 8/81 and 14s.

December 28, 2012, 09:26 AM
I vote with the others. Marin 336. Add a lever scout scope rail for the option of some type of optics and a good set of peep sights such as Skinner.

Luv 2 Shoot
December 28, 2012, 09:27 AM
I've been kicking myself for years for selling my Marlin 336 and reading this post has just made it worse. I loved that gun!

December 28, 2012, 09:34 AM
IMO the Marlin 336. It will do what the others will do in the woods and is a beautifully built rifle that will go for much less money than the other choices. Go with an older model like the 336RC, pretty and smooth as silk.

Vern Humphrey
December 28, 2012, 03:37 PM
Put a 180gr ssp bullet from hornady in front of your choice of powder and you've got an everything-within-300-yards catridge that is unbeatable. I've taking coyotes to 300lb deer and everything goes down in a furry pile. Except for that one ATV- I'll be damned if the thing didn't just stand there next to my no tresspassing sign and take round after round...
I use a .30-06 on tresspassing ATVs -- I think it kills them -- there are two on my property that have been there for quite a while.:evil:

December 29, 2012, 12:50 AM
The most accurate platform for the .35 Rem will be a bolt action. But if your going to get a bolt action, you may as well step up to the .358 Win. If you don't want the extra 300 fps, you can always down load it.

But if I were big game hunting in Utah, I think I would choose something other than a .35 caliber rifle. In Utah, I think I would go for a 7mm-08, .284 Win or .280 Rem. If across the canyon shots were in order, I would go with the 7mm WSM or 7mm Rem Mag.

But if I were stuck on a .35 Rem, I would get a lever action. And if I were getting a lever action, I would get a .338 Marlin Express.

Then again, east of the Mississippi I could be happy my entire life with a .35 Rem. But I would still get the .358 Win instead. However there is one singular case where I would get the .35 Rem, and that's if I wanted a short (18" or so) barreled bolt rifle. Kinda like post #5.

December 29, 2012, 12:32 PM
Been thinking mightily of late getting a 35 Rem barrel for my Thompson Contender. Recoil shouldn't be too bad considering the 35's moderate pressure.

Vern Humphrey
December 29, 2012, 01:43 PM
A Contender in .35 Remington would be a nice gun -- but I'd want a butt stock and a long barrel (say 20 to 24 inches) on it.

December 29, 2012, 02:13 PM
My contender carbine in .35 Rem is also a tack driver. Have used the 180's Hornady SSP with great results in whitetails also.

Several years ago I had a .35 Rem. 760 pump converted to .358 Win. and it's close to a one hole group at 100 yes

December 29, 2012, 02:47 PM
I all ready posted the 6 pound 600 Bolt gun .35 Rem which handles over normal pressure loads with pointy bullets and get sub MOA accuracy to 200 yards. Now here is another favorite .35 Rem rifle (yes I hunted for years with a .35 Rem T/C super 14 PISTOL with a 2x Leupold) ; a 141 Remington with a strong old Weaver 2.5x with heavy post. These guns are slim and very slick as horse back weapons. This one was used for horse back hunting many years, carried "cruiser ready" and can take deer to 200 yards with Rem 200 grain corelokts-any day!

December 29, 2012, 03:28 PM
I love my marlin 336. Plenty accurate at 150 yds. Beyond that it will still do its part if you do yours. I have yet to have either a pig or deer not have both shoulders completely blown out when I've taken a square shoulder shot. Plants them real good.

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