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so about a year and a half ago i bought my wife a pretty little marlin 336C from cabelas chambered in .35 rem. i almost "forgot" to tell her it was hers... anyway, she wants to get back into hunting due to the fact that i am getting more into hunting. im pretty sure shes only ever bowhunted before(upstate new york). that doesnt have much to do with the post, ill get to that though. we are both in the army, so i know she knows how to shoot, thats not my concern. it never really occured to me until recently, and im asking you guys for opinions on my ponderings. she is slight framed, 5'0'' tall, 110LBS, but she is fiesty. do you guys think that the .35 is a little too much for someone that size?

she has fired it before, but it was from a bench across a pond on her dads land. she did really well with it, but what about offhand? in 15 degree weather? in a foot and a half of snow? i mean, it would give me a "good" reason to buy a new rifle for her.

any opinions will be greatly appreciated.

oh, and as a side note not related to this at all, i have one of those fancy touch screen phones with predictive texting, and all i have to do is type a few letters and if the word i want is highlighted i just have to hit the space bar. i keep looking at the bottom of this box for a list of words. so if anything is misspelled, i blame technology.
 

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I think you already have your answer - she can shoot it well, get out in the woods!

Length of pull may be an issue for heavy winter clothing. Might want to check that before the season starts.

Good luck.
 

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Yep, if length of pull is long, like mine are on my wife, I get a youth length stock and put a good limbsaver recoil pad on it. 8)
 

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As effective deer cartridges for woods-ranges go, there are few that kick less than the 35 Remington. Even among those rounds, like the 44 Mag carbine and 30/30, the difference is nominal. If the stock fits her well and is of a good design, without excessive drop at comb or heel, and it has a recoil-absorbing butt plate, then you've already provided her with an excellent option. The only concern is to limit your shots to less than 200 yards and if you're not already using them, give the Hornady LeverEvolution ammo a try.
 

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If she shoots it from the bench, she can shoot it from standing with even less felt recoil.
Simple enuff, have he put her jacket on and shoulder the gun.

I know U won't be hunting that .35 in NJ, perhaps NYS, or PA?
 

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yeah, upstate ny. im only stationed here in jersey. my wife is up in ny now with my two beautiful children, one boy, one girl. boy is 2, girl is 3 months. thanks for the input.

i thought it was the other way around, more felt standing than sitting. i guess i just never paid much attention to it. i could go the route of a youth stock, but it already feels a little shorter than my other rifles, may have something to do with the straighter grip on it?? who knows. it seems to fit her well.

and yes, i figured i already had my answer, i just like hearing other people say yay or nay to what im thinking. its a man thing. i could know 100% im right, im still going to ask a buddy for his opinion.


while we're on this subject, who makes good replacement wood for marlins?
 

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If I remember correctly leangth of pull is based on a 5ft 10in. person. For every in. above or below you add or subtract 1/8in. of stock. She will need 1 1/4in. shorter stock then standard. I like a short stock so I never get hangups while hunting in cold weather clothing. Please correct me if I'm mistaken.
 

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well, i dont know if thats true or not, there is a formula and im not a stock maker(could ya tell?), so ill probably never know it. i do know that the stock on it feels and looks shorter than the HS-Precision i have on my remington 700. and she seems to like it, i do need to have her try it with a jacket on, see if it(the stock) needs to be changed out. and no, im not going to cut the stock down. im a mechanic, not a carpenter.
 

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Here's another thought. If you load or know someone that does, load the 35 using 158 gr 357 mag bullets. They do great and kick less than regular 35 bullets. I use them all the time and they are deadly on deer. Wallacem in Ga.
 

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If she can shoot it off of a bench she will be able to shoot
it off hand with a lot less recoil. Go out there and have fun.
She is a soldier, she will do just fine.

Zeke
 

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thanks for all the reassuring words. i feel better now about her using it.

thanks.
 
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