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Old 06-09-2005, 06:16 PM
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.30-30 vs. .35 Rem

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I know this topic has probably been talked to death about, but which is actually a better deer killer? I know the ballistic aspect that the .35 Remington spits out its 200 grain bullet at roughly 2000 fps and the .30-30 spits out its smokin 170 grain bullet at about 2200 fps. Is there really an advantage with the 200 grainer over the 170 grainer? The .35 Rem at that speed has a muzzle energy of 1756 ft/lbs of energy vs. the .30-30's 1810. I have a .30-30 and am considering a .35 Remington, but if the difference isn't big enough than I will no longer contemplate that option. I also need a varmint rifle, so I have to see which one may be a better choice.
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Old 06-09-2005, 06:59 PM
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If your budget is such that you would allow yourself two similar performing rifles, add the 35 Rem. If not, stay with the 30-30 and seek out the varmint rifle you mentioned.

I don't think the critter really knows which he is getting shot with within the effective range of these two cartridges. I have three of each caliber and any one of the six is a deer killer!

I favor the 170-grain Hornady in the 30-30 and 180-grain Speer in the 35 Rem.
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Old 06-09-2005, 07:17 PM
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Hmmmm.... no, actually I don't think we've talked this one to death yet, but there have been a few other threads like that!

They both do work.... I don't think that the deer will ever know the difference.

The .35 picks up about 30 grains of bullet weight, and some diameter, over the .30-30 (when velocities are similar). That is about it in a nutshell.

You'll get a little flatter trajectory in the .30-30, not much, and a bit more thump with the .35, again, the differences are slight....

I couldn't decide either and have both!

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Old 06-10-2005, 02:13 AM
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Originally Posted by MikeG
the differences are slight....
I couldn't decide either and have both!
How about this;

Load 100 or 110 grain bullets for your 30-30. I have used this bullet on chucks and bunnies, and it truly does not to alot of damage. Accuracy is on par with the norm of your 30-30, speed's obviously a bit quicker.
I've used this bullet with sucess out to about 165yd launched from a micro-grooved Marlin with a cheap Cabela's scope.
This way you could get that 35 [like a Garand, everyone SHOULD own 1] and still whack varmints.

But a 220swift or 22-250 sure would be nice too!!!!
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Old 06-11-2005, 03:34 PM
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Always need a new gun, however if you can only buy one now go with the varmit rifle the 30-30 and 35 are too close to each other.
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Old 06-12-2005, 04:04 AM
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I'd say if you own the 30-30, don't go for the 35 Rem as it's a minute difference. I have a 270 Win and I'd compare it to getting a 280 Rem. Another possibility is take a look at the 358 Winchester in the Browning BLR. Great gun and caliber. Otherwise I'd go for the varmint rifle.
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Old 06-12-2005, 04:52 AM
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You didnt say which 30-30 you have. With a 20 in barrel, the average 30-30 gets about 2000 fps.with 170 gr loads The factory generally lists velocity with a 26 in barrel. If you didnt have the 30-30, I would say get the 35 for its wider and heavier bullet. The 30-30 can be a good varmint gun with the right ammo. I had good luck with a M94 and 130 grain pointed bullets which must be used single shot in a lever gun. These have to be handloaded. I hope you are into reloading or are interested in starting up. There a many good bullets for the handloder made special for the 30-30.
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Old 06-12-2005, 06:06 PM
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I've slain many deer with both calibers. In my opinion, the 35 hits bigger game than deer much harder.

The common 150 grain 30-30 bullets produce amazing damage and quick kills. They're much deadlier than paper charts with ballistic tables would suggest. 170's are quite deadly but typically the wound channels are narrower.
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Old 06-12-2005, 08:01 PM
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Oops. I have a Marlin 336A with the 24" barrel, so the numbers aren't all that far away from factory listings. I also have a .30-06 (i like .30-'s), but it has been kind of booted out as top cat by the .30-30, seeing as the Marlin is much more fun to shoot and is better suited to New Hampshire deer hunting.
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Old 06-13-2005, 04:01 AM
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Originally Posted by T.R.
The common 150 grain 30-30 bullets produce amazing damage and quick kills. They're much deadlier than paper charts with ballistic tables would suggest. 170's are quite deadly but typically the wound channels are narrower.
My experience has been with the 170-grain Hornady FP and it is simply devastating on deer and hogs. My dad and I have shot this bullet for over 30 years now.
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Old 06-20-2005, 03:06 PM
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I like both calibers but I favor the .35 Remington. Since you already have the 30-30 you might consider Ranch Dog's advice and purchase the .35 Remington if possible. As has already been mentioned, they are similar, but with this pair of rifles you'd be equipped to hunt most game animals in the US.
The big bears would require more torque for safety but elk, moose, black bear; no problem at woods range. You will not regret buying the .35 Remington.

If I happen to be hunting deer in territory where longer shots are likely I'd use the 30-30 shooting 150 grainers. The 30-30 is a bit flatter in its trajectory and is a very capable 200 yd deer caliber. The .35 could also do the 200 yards but I feel the 30-30 would do it better.

By the way, factory ballistics are obtained using a 24" test barrel unless otherwise noted. In the case of the 30-30 the ballistics are obtained from 24" test barrels. At least from the major ammo manufactures, i.e. Remington, Federal, and Winchester, etc. Keep in mind that there are many factors that contribute to muzzle velocity and thus the figures you read off the manufactures chart is approximate.

Remember too that the figures given for MV and ME in the charts are not true indicators as to the killing capability of either the 30-30 or .35. They just kill very effectively, especially the .35.

Hope this helps and Good Shooting.

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Old 06-20-2005, 07:21 PM
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your 30-30 is a varmint gun

this is my first post on this site.

if you buy the remington 30-30 Accelerator load. it is a 30-30 case with a saboted .22cal 55gr bullet that is made to turn your 30-30 into a .223 with out doing anything but buying a box of ammo and keeping your gun, remington also makes that load for a 30 06. the 30-30 load has a muzzel velocity of 3400 fps and a muzzel energy of 1412 and has only 3.5 inches of drop at 250 yards when zeroed at 150.

here is a link to reminton, next to were it says calibers 1,2,3
click on the arrow and go down to 30-30win accelerator


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