Tell me about the 35 Remington

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  1. John828

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    I just bought a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem. Haven't shot it yet but going to the range this weekend. Deer and hogs would probably be the only things I would hunt with it at short ranges.

    So, I've read about it online, but I want to hear from your experience. Likes/dislikes, etc.

    Thanks
     
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  2. Oldschool shooter

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    I have a .35 in an old Remington 141 pump action rifle. It's been a good rifle/ cartridge combo for me here in the Michigan woods. I probably wouldn't shoot much more than 150 yards on a deer, even less on hogs, although I don't have much experience hog hunting.
     
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    It's like a .30-30 turned up to 11. It's a bigger bullet, which a lot of folks like.
    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.
     
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    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.
     
  5. John828

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    I've noticed that ammo is hard to find. Only one store here locally (out of about seven visited) had ammo, so I bought six boxes for brass. I don't reload, but this caliber is probably going to give me the nudge I needed to begin.
     
  6. rodinal220

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    Its a death ray. Loaded with Remington Core-Lokt it makes a great short range deer/black bear blaster. I like the analogy that its like a 30-30 turned up to 11. Both cartridges get the job done and produce quick clean kills without meat damage like the high velocity stuff can do.
     
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    About the ammo. I have heard that it's produced seasonally, so does that mean as deer season approaches, there should be some on the shelves?
     
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    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.
     
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    When I was a kid here in Alaska, a few folks had Marlins in 35 Remington and there a couple old timers who used old Remington model 8 rifles.

    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.
     
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    It is similar to the .30-30 in the fact that while it isn't snazzy, it simply works for deer. No reason it wouldn't for hogs, but I have never shot a hog with one.

    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.
     
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    Like everyone has said, it is a thumper! Not lazerlike trajectory, but energy to spare for a mid size round. A thumper for sure. You won't wonder if you hit one or not, you will know.
     
  13. John828

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    Thanks, guys. Headed to the range this morning. It has a cheaper scope with see through rings, and I am going to shoot it as is for now. I really don't like see through mounts though or cheap scopes, so I'm going to swap out the scope on my CZ and upgrade the scope on it and rescope the Marlin with it and the lowest rings I can.
     
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    I've had some very good success with our Marlin 336 in .35. Never hunted with it but got some really quite good accuracy with a range of bullets and powders.

    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
     
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    Thanks, Sam. I am meeting a friend at the range who is going to loan me a couple manuals. I am going to study up on the intro material and then start trying to figure out this whole reloading thing. It really is a mystery to a nonreloader but has to be doable.
     
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    I have an old Marlin 336 that I inherited from my father. I have used it exclusively to hunt hogs. Like was stated earlier it is like a death ray. One shot and they are down. My dad used it to hunt deer and it was the same thing. It never took more that a single shot to put them down.
     
  17. Limey46

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    I've hunted hogs for years with the 35 Rem in a nice old Marlin 336, and like everyone else is saying, it's very effective indeed, surprisingly more lethal than the 30-30. I have a stash of factory Winchester/Western ammo from the late 1960s that's a fair bit hotter than the modern stuff, and then I load my own with the Speer 220-grain flatpoint, which in my experience just flat kills things fast and final. I use the Speer in my .350 Rem mag, too -- load it down to just a little hotter than a maxed-out .35 Rem for hogs and load it up for scarier stuff.
     
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    I am just now leaving the range. I was surprised at how mild the recoil was even with the plastic butt plate. It grouped fine for hunting with 200 gr Rem corelokts even with the crappy fixed 4x Bushnell -- less than 3" at 100 yds once I got the elevation set.

    I'm happy. I'll put better glass on it in the next few weeks and see what happens.
     
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    I have one, like any other centerfire, if you shoot them where you are supposed to, they will go down. I think they are a much better light lever round than a pistol caliber. They are about the ideal slow fat cartridge. I don't use mine much because of the limited range. But it was my dad's and has been killing deer for about 70 years.
     
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    .35 Remington

    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.
     
  21. GooseGestapo

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    I've taken over 30 deer and several hogs with the .35Rem.
    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).
     
  22. T.R.

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    The old 35 has been knocking them dead for over 100 years. For good reasons, too. It's bullets were designed for this cartridge and none other. Jacket thickness and exposed lead were engineered for this specific velocity. The result is a bullet which opens up upon impact and drives deep through the vitals. Many decades ago, the 35 was recommended by gun writers for moose and bears.

    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.

    TR
     
  23. JeeperCreeper

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    Love the cartridge, wish it were more popular. I will be using for black bear this year out of a Remington Gamemaster Pump.

    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.
     
  24. ms6852

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    Great caliber for black bear, deer, hog,and all things smaller.
     
  25. jmr40

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    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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