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Old 07-09-2010, 07:08 AM
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My first deer rifle was a 336 in 30-30. I sold it many years ago and like most of us I am wishing I still had it. I currently deer hunt with a Savage 110 in .270 but would like to pick up another 336 in the next year of so. Why? Just because.

I'll only hunt whitetails with it so I am curious about the comparitve performance of the 35 Rem for this. I know what to expect with the 30-30 as I took several deer with it. How does the 35 compare. Recoil, range, energy, all that. I will probably stick with open sights so I'll limit myself to shots under 100 yards. I suspect that the 30-30 may win out just due to the fact that I can run down to Wally World and pick up ammo any time I want but I still want to learn more about the 35.

So from those of you that have used the 30 Rem what are the pros and cons compared to the 30-03 and what info do you have on its effectiveness that is the alread evident from looking at ballistics charts?
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:58 AM
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For hunting deer at 100 yards or less, you'll have a hard time differentiating between the two. Find a gun you really like, or can get for a great price, and don't sweat which caliber it's in.

Also, reloading is cool and means you never have to worry about what kind of ammo Wally World has in stock.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:01 AM
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I have both. I would give a slight edge to the 35. However, if i did not reload and was going to just get one lever, it would be the 30-30. the 30-30 ammo is just under $15 at the local Wally World and the nearest 35 ammo is 50 miles away and 1/3 higher and often not in stock.
BTW, it is almost impossible to own just one lever gun. The Marlins are addictive.
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Old 07-09-2010, 10:04 AM
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For animals the size and build of deer, at ranges of 100 yards or less, I do not see any real significant difference between the two. They both work well, period. Now for heavy-bodied stuff like big hogs or bears, I could give a very slight edge to the .35 if for no other reason than the 200 gr. bullet, but using the 180 gr. bullet pretty much eliminates even that tiny advantage. On a big animal, I would choose the 170 gr. .30 over the 180 gr. .35.

As for recoil, that is a pretty subjective thing, but I have always felt the .35's recoil feels more like a "push" than the rather abrupt "punch" of the .30-30. But of course, neither is objectionable on that regard.
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Old 09-09-2010, 07:36 AM
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its a toss up between the two,i have both with several filled tags to prove their effectiveness,whit that said i would never be able to pick one over the other for average range whitetail hunting.now for my opinion on which is best i'll leave you to decide that,but in my experiences the 35 always has a bigger wound channel and leaves an awsome blood trail,probably due to the load i shoot (200gr rnsp @ 2250). i have never had a bullet from it not pass through and most the time leaves an exit wound the size of a golf ball,on the other hand the 30-30 lacks a little when you compare the wounds but i have less deer run after being shot with it for some reason. i am clueless as to why it plays out this way.either or dont make a difference to me,whichever you choose im sure it will make you happy. also when you get one carry it with pride,knowing that many a freezer have been filled with venison that has been taken with both these fine calibers.
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Old 09-09-2010, 06:46 PM
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I can't help. I have two of each, one with a scope and one with peep sights for easy carry. If I am hunting in thick brush, I will use a 35. If there is a chance of a shot out to 200, I will use the 30-30.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:19 AM
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When I am in thick brush I like to carry my 1895G. However, i would love to have a 30-30 or a 35 with a short barrel.
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:41 AM
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I have seen quite a few deer killed with both calibers. As far as
I'm concerned, the .35 Remington packs more power. It is a
good caliber and will put a moose or an elk away if you keep
the animal within it's range. The only reason nobody talks about
the .35 Rem is that it's not romantic. It just kills things.

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Old 09-10-2010, 09:07 AM
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I've seen probably a couple hundred deer (literally) killed between the two cartridges. I've killed a few of my own with each. They both work quite well (my 2nd largest rack I have mounted was taken with a 336 in .30-30 at about 125yds) within their effective ranges. My dad has used almost nothing but a .35 Remington (Rem Model 760, and a 336 that we all have used from time to time) since he started hunting in the early 1960s. He's tried others (including .30-06) but has always gone back to his .35s and his 200gr Core-Lokts. You won't go wrong with either, that's for sure. I'd pick the .35 for nostalgia reasons but if I was handed a .30-30 to hunt with, I wouldn't hesitate even one second before grabbing it and hitting the woods.

So, I guess I didn't help you out any
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:35 PM
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Never hunted with a .35 rem, but i never would have beleived how well the 30-30 put deer down before i seen the results first hand. Cant imagine there being a finer brush cartridge.
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Old 09-11-2010, 07:37 AM
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I've had both and on paper they appear about the same but I'm convinced the .35 does a better job, especially in thick woods.
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:33 PM
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The 35 will deliver a lot more 'smack' regardless of the numbers on paper w/o an appreciable increase in recoil.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:41 AM
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I suspect that the 30-30 may win out just due to the fact that I can run down to Wally World and pick up ammo any time I want but I still want to learn more about the 35.
That would be the biggest advantage, .30-30 can be found just about anyplace that sells ammo. .35R can be hard to find.

The .35 kicks a bit more, but it's hardly a killer on the shooter end. I also think it's more likely to produce a bang/flop than the .30-30, especially with Speer 180gr FP's.

In the end, as deer rifles go, it's pretty much a wash.
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