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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

I've scheduled a black bear hunt for May 2008 in MT, my first bear hunt. I know my trusty 30.06 would do the trick, but will my 35 Remington (using the new Hornady ammo) do the job? The guide says that in 30 years of guiding his longest bear shot was 175 yards with the majority of shots taking place between 75 and 125 yards. Any help would be great....

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

I don't hae any personal experience with the 35 Rem, but I've heard alot of good things. Should be a good thumper under 150yds. I don't know about beyond that. If I remember right, the hornady isn't giving it much more punch, but you might want to check out Buffalo. Believe they have a 250 grain flat nose for that rifle that's beefed up. Make sure you ask your guide too. Tell you the truth, I'd been contemplating on getting a 35rem myself.

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

The .35 Rem. is an outstanding round. The margin for error is narrower though. Bear have a small vital area much smaller then a Whitetail. A little forward and the shoulder stops the round. A little far back and you have a wounded bear that you may never see again. They have a built-in "sealant" (fat) that seals bullet holes. Long fur makes your target look bigger than it is too, it also absorbs blood. If you don't drop him you need a good blood trail and that means an exit wound.

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

I just bought a 35Rem T/C Contender that I plan to hunt bear with. Here is a quote from a post that I submitted on a different thread. Great idea to ask the outfitter. Bottom line in my opinion is once the bullet gets there, it needs to create two big holes connected by a good wound channel.

FWIW "I am no expert, I have taken one bear and that was this year. I do however have some thoughts. When I was tracking my bear, I was amazed at how much blood was on both sides of the trail. It was like tracking a heart shot deer. When I got to the bear, I couldn’t believe how much blood was soaked into the hair. It was unbelievable. The hide was like a sopping wet sponge on both sides. That’s when I realized how lucky I was to see all of the blood on the trail, the bear must have bled like a faucet. I shot the bear with a .405WCF at 40 yards through the lungs and it ran 20 yards. The entrance hole was 1 ½ inch in diameter and the exit hole was ¾ in; the opposite of what you would expect. Based on a sample of 1, I am convinced that you want the biggest holes you can get on both sides. I believe any reasonable caliber would have killed my bear but if the holes were smaller, I would not have had much of a trail to follow. Okay, it was dead at 20 yards but what if it had been 80 and right at last shooting light which it was in my case. Since bears don’t leave tracks like deer and elk, a huge blood trail made the recovery much easier. I whole heartedly agree with these guys who tell you it’s the bullet. Whichever gun you get, pick a bullet that opens wide and carries all the way through. Incidentally, because it was dark by the time I started tracking, I was 3 feet from my bear before I saw it lying there and yes, it startled me!"

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

Hey Centennial, on a scale of 1 to 10, what was the pucker factor on that 3' bear?!

As far as the 35 Rem is concerned, my brother-in-law inherited an old Marlin in that caliber from our father-in-law. So far I haven't been able to talk him into giving/selling it to me although he does not hunt anymore! Maybe its my age, but I like to hunt w/the old calibers rather than follow the "magnum mania" crowd. My brother-in-law, many years ago, took the 35 Rem lever gun to a guided, feral goat hunt, on a private ranch. Most of the other hunters had what, at that time, were the latest flat-shoot'in calibers. They were curious at the old, lever gun. Well, my brother-in-law didn't know any better as he didn't follow/believe all the trendy hunt'in magazine articles. He hunkered down & got a good sight picture (he learned it in the Army) & started knocking down goats at long range. The flat-shoot'in dudes couldn't believe it & some of them asked him where they could find a gun like that & the unknown caliber. It all comes back to your skill as a marksman rather than the latest techno gun & caliber! Shot Placement-Shot Placement-Shot Placement.

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

Welcome to the site!

I would bet that the 35 Rem would be fine but, your traveling from Florida to Montana to hunt a bear. Were it me and I had the 30-06, I do, that's what I would take unless I was hunting over bait. Don't know if they do that there, doesn't sound like it with the shots being taken. Of course if your driving, take them both.

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

I have only shot one Black Bear with a .35 Remington. It was a medium size (280 - 300 pound) boar (aged at 5 years by D.N.R.) that my wife wounded. He went down when I shot him.

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

Well I did it. Just bought a Marlin in 35 rem. Was too good a deal to pass up. It's an older 336 SC. Nice looking rifle. Needs to be reblued though.

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35 Remington, Good for Black Bear?

I have the same model & caliber, outstanding weapon. I don't know of a better lever action or a better all around caliber in lever action. Enjoy.

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