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question about the 35 remington

I have shot hunted with and tinkerd with guns for over 25 years, and this is why my question is going too make me sound dumb as A bag of hammers, but I never realy thought about this much until I decided too get me A new marlin 35 remington. I had one severeal years ago, killed A deer with it I loved that gun but financial hardship caused me too part with it. Well anyway here goes(please try not too fall out of your chair laughing) is A 35 remington A 38 caliber and if soo why is it called A 35? By the way I am new here soo hello too every one and thanks ahead of time if you answer my silly question. eye roll

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question about the 35 remington

As far as I have seen the .35 rem is a .35 caliber. It is in the same family as the .35 whelan, the .358 Norma Mag, and the .350 Rem Mag. These are all classified as .35's. Even the .357 Magnum is a .35 even though it uses the same bullet as the .38 special; but the .38 special actually measures .357 inch

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question about the 35 remington

That's right Bow. You can shoot .38 rounds in a .357 handgun - cheaper shells and easier on the paw.

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question about the 35 remington

Well, it goes back a ways in firearm nomenclature, but a 35 remington is a caliber .358, which is the same as 38 special and 357 magnum pistol cartridges, and the 350 remington and 35 whelen rifle cartridges. They used various standards for measuring caliber back in the day, and so we get these odd nomenclatures. A true .38 is more like a 38-55, 38-40, or the newer 375 winchester, which are nominally a .377 caliber.

As I happen to have both a 35 remington and a 375 winchester, I think I enjoy shooting the 35 more. The 375 is a straight wall case that has a little more oomph to it for the same weight of bullet, and I would almost consider using it on elk in brush or dog hair hunting, especially with a 255 grain flat top. The 35 remington, as you well know is an excellent close in deer round (say 125 yards or so), and my Marlin is what I call a carbine lever action which moves through the dog hair with me a lot easier than most any other rifle in my arsenal.

Both of these make suitable black bear guns in the lower 48, as long as you keep range limits in mind. Up north, those bruins can get a little on the large side, and with the presence of other nasties, I would be looking over my shoulder too much to enjoy the hunt I am afraid.

BTW, both rounds are used with great success in single shot pistols I hear. Even though the 375 winchester is no longer in production, I still manage to find a box or two of ammo here and there, although it ain't cheap.

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question about the 35 remington

I have hunted with the 35 Rem. for 30 years now. It has been the best deer gun that I have used. I shoot 200 grain leads with it. These bullets do drop a lot but when you hit a deer they don't go far. They most always stay where you hit them.
I have passed this gun onto one of my sons now and he is shooting 150 grain leads. He has yet to shoot any game with it but he has not had it very long.
I hope he shoots as many deer as I have.