View Full Version : What can I hunt w/ 35 rem?

April 18, 2008, 04:12 PM
I recently acquired a Marlin in 35 remington -- mostly because I have wanted a lever gun and also the price condition of this one. Anyway, it wasn't in 30-30, which would have been my 1st choice, but in 35 remington.
I'm told I can hunt most anything I might run into but I was curious, was is this round capable of?

April 18, 2008, 04:14 PM
That is what my brother uses to slay deer with.

April 18, 2008, 05:04 PM
my father killed 2 deer and a black bear with his marlin in .35 rem. and my grandad killed atleast 1 deer with his. the deer were each taken with one shot apiece. the black bear my dad hit her with 4. it rolled around trying to get up. he hit her with 2 more. it was on all fours moving slowly until he started shooting, after the first 2 hits she kicked it into high gear and tried to get away.

i haven't taken any shots with mine yet. but i am pretty confident i'll make a clean kill if i get a shot. others may disagree but i am glad you got the marlin in .35 rem and not in 30/30. i feel that even with good shot placement the .35 is a better round than the 30/30. its(the 30/30) been around a long time but i don't feel its enough for black bear.

April 18, 2008, 05:38 PM
Deer, elk, moose, black bear are on the list of the .35 Rem with good shot placement and knowing your limitations. I don't know too many animals that will stand up to a 200 grain slug at moderate velocity. It isn't always the best choice in cartridges but in heavy woods and dark timber it should work fine.

April 18, 2008, 06:23 PM
That 35 will hit deer so hard at ranges under 150 yards that you can see daylight under their hooves. I had one for a number of years and it makes one fine treestand rifle for thick woods. It actually kicked less than my .44 magnum, and shoots farther. Too bad that Speer only offers their flatpoints in 180 and 220 grain. They are really missing a bet without a 200 to duplicate factory ammo. I shot my best groups with 39.5 of IMR 4064 and the RP 200 grain RNSP. Good luck, and enjoy your oldie but goodie.

April 18, 2008, 07:14 PM
I've got a old one, a Glenfield model if you remember when Marlin used to make them. It's got a 1/2 magazine and the barrel has been cut to 18 inches. Have a Red Dot mounted on it. Kind of a forrunner of the guide gun concept.

Use it for deer and hogs in the thick stuff here in NE FL. Plenty of power with not much recoil. And as short as it is ( and light! ) it's perfect when we slip through the palmettos after hogs.

Nice thing is that it will usually, even on big hogs, give you a exit wound so tracking is easier. And because the bullet is traveling a bit slower than with something like a .308 tissue damage is less. That translates into less ruined meat should a shot not be where it's suposed to go.

April 18, 2008, 07:58 PM
In North America, you can use the 35 Rem for anything but Grizzlies. One deer that I shot this past season had a very clean 1 inch diameter hole through the base of the neck where I shot it.

April 18, 2008, 09:15 PM
In North America, you can use the 35 Rem for anything but Grizzlies.

and browns :)

April 18, 2008, 09:55 PM
Deer, lots of deer! I was extremely doubtful the first couple of one-shot deer I got with mine but that has changed through the years.:D

Nearly forgot armadillo, but don't expect to get any edible meat from them. ;)

Quickdraw Limpsalot
April 18, 2008, 10:55 PM
I've killed a big ol' pile of deer with mine (and never lost a single one using the 'obsolete' .35) & if we had hogs around here I'm certain it'd do a fine job on them too. I hear it's a good round for black bear as well, but we don't have those either.

April 19, 2008, 01:01 AM
was told the 35 wasn't enough for moose , sure hope the one in the frezer don't hear that.

April 19, 2008, 02:10 AM
Even grizzly

WildasktheoldtimersAlaska TM

April 19, 2008, 08:57 AM
We've had a couple 35 Rems in our camp over the years and they have taken a number of deer. My uncle still carries his 35 during the rifle season. Though most of us went the route of the higher velocity 30 cals, I'd have no issues with taking the 35 Rem into the woods. I'd like to get my hands on a 35 Whelen, too.

April 19, 2008, 10:09 AM
Even grizzly

WildasktheoldtimersAlaska TM

Yup, there's plenty of them out here on the AK PEN that upended a few browns.

.45 Vet
April 19, 2008, 11:09 AM
.35Rem, along with the .30/30 was the hunting standard in the Penn. deer woods for decades. With the big push for paper/pulp products and power-lines, we get a lot more open shooting and folks have moved to .27 & .30 cal bolt guns. My son still carries my Dad's old 141 pump in .35Rem. It's accounted for a couple score,(40+),deer and a few black bear since bought in the 50's.

Scope it,get to know it, and you've got a decent deer rifle... :)

Jack O'Conner
April 21, 2008, 02:40 PM

This a full sized elk cow taken with an older Remington slide action rifle in 35 and plain but effective 200 grain Remington soft tip ammo. The animal weighed approx 600 lbs.

I hunted with a Cree guide in Saskatchewon in 1980's. He had a very old antique Remington auto-loader in 35 that he used to take dozens of moose and caribou. none got away.

Good hunting to you.

April 21, 2008, 03:24 PM
It is an ideal pig gun.

April 21, 2008, 04:32 PM
Pretty much everything in the US--maybe even including earlier poster Roy Reali's California deer that are supposedly too tough for a 30-30! It's a great caliber, and whatever you shoot with it, presuming, of course, good shot placement, should go down.

April 22, 2008, 11:44 AM
i have a marlin in 35 rem and i would hunt any animal on the north american continent with it. it is a good short range to 200yd gun for any big game.

April 22, 2008, 01:27 PM
deer that are supposedly too tough for a 30-30You can no longer hunt anything with a 35 Remington, unfortunately. Many game animals simply refuse to lay down and die unless they are shot with a 500 Boomenphlop Sooopr Maaaaaagnum, which shoots solid unobtanium bullets at 15000 fps and generates 1 million ft-lbs of energy anywhere along its trajectory yet kicks like a 22LR. :rolleyes:

Fortunately, many animals have not yet heard of this rifle, so they may be tricked into falling down dead by shooting them with any other round right where it counts.

The 35 Rem is one of the all-time great big game rounds. Hunt with it and enjoy.

April 22, 2008, 07:58 PM
Buddy of mine has taken several deer with a .35 Great brush gun.

April 22, 2008, 08:36 PM
If you reload you can use handgun bullets at lower velocities for small game too. It's a very versatile round. It's just been around so long that it gets ignored.

roy reali
April 22, 2008, 08:47 PM
Take a sharpie and write the word magnum on the box of .35 Remington ammo. Make sure it is large enough for the deer to see it. The fear factor alone will send poor ol' Bambi into cardiac arrest.:D

April 23, 2008, 01:21 AM
It's a fine round. .35 makes big holes and puts brown down. I would not call it the all-round north amreican game killing round, but I'd take it anywhere and do anything (as long as I had backup in ALbigbearsmightbenearmeASKA)

April 23, 2008, 11:54 AM
Anything you want.

Jack O'Conner
April 24, 2008, 09:15 AM

At one time, the 35 Remington was the most powerful semi-auto hunting rifle available in North America. It was named model 8. Remington poster ads of the time often showed hunters reaching for their model 8 while a grizzley or bull moose was bearing down on them. Exciting posters that can be viewed at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming.

In 2008, specialty ammo from a number of makers offer 225 grain heavy jacketed bullets for 35 Remington. Same makers offer flat nosed 180 grain bullet by Hornady which was designed for .356 Winchester. Hornady offers their widely acclaimed leverevolution ammo in 35 as well. In summary, many choices for the 35 Remington hunter.

These cow elk are tough but not armor-plated. Weight is estimated at 520 lbs. but they can't stand up to a well placed big game bullet!

Good hunting to you.