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Just thinkin" about .35 remington and BP

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Saddlebag Preacher, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Saddlebag Preacher

    Saddlebag Preacher Member

    Sep 10, 2011
    with all the brass I've wasted leaving .35 remington brass laying in the field after deer hunting, I wonder if it could be reloaded with BP and a lead bullet for fun. I use them in a Marlin 336.

    Any suggestions?
  2. kBob

    kBob Senior Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    North Central Florida
    My guess is it depends on the twist of the barrels rifling and you said Marlin which features micro groove rifling I believe. Some folks report bad things happening to accuracy with lead smokeless loads in .30-30 in microgroove marlins. This was one of the arguements against Marlins in the Winchester verses Marlin debate among the post nuclear war variety of lower case survivalist back before the fall of the evil empire and the Y2K flavor of survivalist later.

    Winchester reputedly came out with the .32 Special chambering in there Model 1894 becasue the twist used in the .30-30 was to "tight" for BP loadings. So not only was the cartridge changed but the rifle besides having a new chamber had much slower twist rifling.

    Might be interesting to compare the twist on a modern .35 Remmington with an old BP era .38-55 Winchester that was meant for lead bullets and BP.

    But this is just sitting round the cracker barrel thinking here......

  3. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Senior Member

    Feb 11, 2011
    California, the "you can't have it" State.
    That might be an interesting thing to try. I have been contemplated getting some dyes and molds and a .30-06 rifle, but I'd NEED to try loading it with BP. Sure, smokeless has it's place. But blackpowder is a lot of fun to reload with!

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