Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by John828, Sep 17, 2014.
So, I've read about it online, but I want to hear from your experience. Likes/dislikes, etc.
If you're buying factory ammo, it can be hard to find and expensive. If you reload, there is a lot more versatility than .30-30, and reloading brings the cost down so you can shoot more.
I won't be getting rid of my .35 anytime soon.
Perfect summary. Big holes, modest recoil - it's a great round for hunting where the shots are likely to be under 200 yards.
It uses .357" bullets, so it's terribly easy to handload plinking loads using 357 Magnum bullets.
Just a note, the 30-30 is a very good deer cartridge but the 35 Rem is a step up to a Bear cartridge. The 35 hits a lot harder than the 30-30 so don't sell it short.
Don't listen to all the hype about every bullet you shoot needing to travel at hyper-velocity to be any good. Big and slow has been taking game for Centuries and will continue to do so if we keep shooting them. The added benefit, it's not loud and the recoil is low.
My best friend used to borrow his dad's Marlin for Moose season. My old 7x57mm would zip through a moose and his 35 Remington would slap them.
He nailed a few moose with that rifle and at least three good size black bears that I remember. None took more than one shot.
We used to load his with 200 grain round nose slugs and IMR-3031. ( in the early 70s there was only so much choice) We were getting around 2,100 fps.
When zeroed at 100 yards, it would be the width-of-your-hand low at 150 yards and maybe a foot low at 200 yards.
It was great for being in the thick trees when the sun was starting to go down.
It has a little more thump than the .30-30, simply because it uses heavier bullets. (With some crossover.) I like both. Ammo will be more available at more places with the .30-30. If you reload, keep in mind that .35 Rem brass is a yearly run, and stock up then.
And, as posted, you can use .38/.357 bullets to load plinking ammo with. I do that with mine.
The Speer 180 gr. FPs over 42 gr. of BL-C2 gave me 2,000 fps and groups of 1-1/8".
The Hornady 200 gr. RNs over 39 gr. of 748 were good for 1,876 fps and 1-1/4" groups.
For some reason I've lost my data card for my pet 220 gr. Speer FP load over 4895
I'm happy. I'll put better glass on it in the next few weeks and see what happens.
I do not recall ever finding a used .35 Remington for sale. That should speak volumes. Evidently, most purchasing that weapon are not wanting to part with it. My younger brother owns a Marlin and loves it. It should make a dandy black bear weapon. It definitely possess more authority than a 30-30.
I've owned two, and the Marlin is the "keeper".
The Rem. 760 pump ergonomics didn't fit me. It was accurate and could be handloaded to within 50fps of the .358win.
Not all bullets are equal in the .35. I much prefer the Remington 200gr Corlokt and Sierra 200gr RN. Both expand readily and are very accurate with a slight advantage going to the Sierra for accuracy.
Don't fall into the trap of sighting in to zero at 100yds. 3" high at 100yds gives a zero of about 160yds and -4" at 200yds. This is essentially a point and shoot to 200yds which in the deer woods of the east is a long shot.
If ranges are to be less than 150yds (woods hunting), I'll take the .35 over the .30/06 or most others.
The .35 has proven to me to have more "slap" on game than anything except a similarly loaded .45/70 (ie: 300gr bullet at ~2,100fps).
Because of the dearth of .358" bullets, I bought an RCBS 200gr FNGC for my .35's (.35Rem and .358win -BLR'81 w/steel reciever).
If it's raining, I definitely take the Marlin... The Browning is too pretty...
Olde Tyme hot-rodders used to have a saying... There's no replacement for "displacement"... It's true with firearms too.
Shot placement, shot placement, shotplacement; and use enough gun... The .35 is "enough" (for hogs,deer and black bear).
Used models are fairly common here in Pennsylvania and sell for around $350. The 35 has a reputation of being a deadly bear cartridge.
My boss hunts bears in Maine nearly every year with his 35 Marlin. Outfitter is Ross Lake Camps. He has knocked down several bears with this outfit. None got away.
Good hunting to you.
True, ammo is hard to come by out of deer season, but I think it is a good bridge between the .30-30 and .45-70. If you own a .35 Rem, I believe that shows you are a true firearm enthusiast. It will be perfect for you for deer and hogs.
Nothing bad to say about the round, I've had several over the years and still have one. It works as advertised, just like the 30-30. But it has had 108 years of side by side use with the 30-30. The 30-30 won and that is why it is not more popular.
There have always been a handful who swear the 35 is the better killer. I've never noticed a bit of difference, nor has anyone else who looks at it objectively. If the 35 truly outperformed the 30-30 it wouldn't be all but obsolete today. It is a great round for guys just wanting to use something out of the ordinary. And there is nothing wrong with that as a reason to own one. The only technical advantage it has is the ability to shoot light loads with handgun bullets. No big game animal will ever notice the difference between 30-30 and 35
35 cal. 200 gr bullet @ 2100 fps
30 cal 170 gr bullet @ 2300 fps
Take your pick. The 35 makes a slightly bigger hole, the 30-30 penetrates deeper and shoots flatter.
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