35 Remington Brass

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  1. Cheers

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    Friend of mine just inherited a Marlin 336 in 35 Remington from his Dad and wanted to test it out. I have or can get everything he needs but the brass. Wanted to test it out. Anyone know where I might get some brass? New or once fired will work fine. I have looked in the usual suspects and did not find any. All seasonal runs, apparently.
     
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    Good luck, you need to catch it in the seasonal run. Ive been making it out of 308 brass, but it is time consuming for sure. A single piece can take a half-hour.
     
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    If your main reason for wanting the brass is to test out the rifle for function why not buy a box or 2 if ammo when you see a sale. This way you get to test the rifle and you then also have brass to reload.
     
  5. Dave Bulla

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    I suspect the issue started when they couldn't even find 35 Remington ammo to buy. It's getting to be the time of year now when it should start showing up though.

    By far my favorite ammo for mine is the Hornady Leverevolution. Should be able to get it around $28 to $33 a box when it hits the shelves and the brass is good quality too.

    FYI it's entirely possible (likely even) that you may not find a hand load that beats the Hdy ammo.
     
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    Here is 20 count on Gunbroker that is not gathering much interest with 1 day left:

    Description for Item # 441574609

    35 REMINGTON BRASS, mixed head stamp, fired 20 + ct. No Reserve. Payment to be made in the form of USPS or other money order. Shipping is a flat $7. Do not bid if not legal at your local. Check out my other auctions. Thank you!
     
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    It's pretty scarce around central Arkansas right now too. I just bought six boxes of Rem 200 gr Core-lokts for $29.99

    Overpriced but you never know nowadays
     
  8. Cheers

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    Thanks much for all the input. I'm bidding on 100 pieces on Gunbroker. We will see what happens.

    ArchAngleCD
    I thought about just buying some factory loads, firing and then reloading. This is a very good idea but then I got to thinking I could spend more money and time with my hobby (and friend) if I started with the components. I know, my thinking is a little warped but I can't help it.
     
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    Not at all warped and a good idea too...

    I only mentioned buying a box or two of ammo because brass is very hard to find and I figured your friend was very anxious to shoot his "new" rifle...
     
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    I get my .35Rem brass from reloading factory brass or getting a bag of new brass from Bass Pro.
     
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    I have a box of ammo you can have if you pay the freight. It probably won't be cheap. I don't think USPS will ship it, might have to go UPS. Let me know if you want it.
     
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    Using my method for making .35 Remington cases from .308 Winchesters, it only takes about forty minutes to one hour to have a box of twenty usable and durable cases for my Marlin .35.

    I've made over 100 such cases from .308 commercial brass. Some have now been loaded as many as five times.... with no casualties to date.

    The only tooling needed is a .44 Magnum sizing die, a set of .35 Remington loading dies, a case trimmer, and some way of rotating the cases ..... a 3/4" drill clamped in a vise will do, and so will a drill press. Oh.... and a nice, sharp fine-cut flat file as well.
     
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    BruceB

    That's pretty hard core brass forming! I have all of those materials but the 44 mag die and I am sure one of my shooting buddies could help me with that.

    I form my 20 Practical brass from .223 cases but it is child's play compared to your 35 Rem endeavor. I think I'll keep trying to buy them for a while. It's interesting though. I may try it one day.
     
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    35 Rem from 308

    First, DO NOT buy 35 Rem cases on Gunbroker unless you have more money than Carters has liver pills. There are still plenty of places out there to get 35 Rem brass for 55-75 cents a case; NOT the $1+ that they're going for on GB. I have seen guys on GB pay as much as nearly $2 for empty cases! Crazy! Try kensbrass.com.

    I load 35 Rem for my TC contender from 308 military brass. Bruce B doesn't exaggerate; I can have 50 cases ready to load in about 2 hours.

    I decap, cut out the primer crimp, and ream the flash hole.

    Next I anneal the case heads and necks with a handheld blow torch.

    Then I full length size the cases through a Hornaday .457 bullet sizing die. I use my .50 Cal press because it has plenty of muscle for this job, but a Rock Chucker or similar press will do provided it is firmly mounted to a sturdy bench. The bullet sizing die will size the case all the way down, including the head. No bulging or trimming to deal with. Lube the cases well.

    Then I run the cases through the neck expander, followed by the full length sizer die.

    Next I trim the cases to length and debur the case mouth. One more visit to the neck expander and the cases are ready to prime and load.

    Keep in mind the 308 sized to 35 Rem will have a reduced volume due to the resizing process "thickening" the case walls.

    Once I fire form my cases I never have to size them again. Thanks to the annealing process and thicker brass, these formed cases seem to last forever.

    Is the process worth it? I can buy 308 military once-fireds for 15-17 cents a piece...I'd say it is!
     
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  15. Cheers

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    Thanks much. A couple of people just sent me some cases a couple of months ago and my friend scraped up a couple more boxes so we have enough to test. Certainly, if we need more, I'll certainly give this a try. I don't have any 308 cases as I don't shoot this caliber but can buy them cheap as you suggest.
     
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    You have a PM.
     
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