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Old 10-21-2011, 09:32 PM   #1
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Default 30/30 vs. 35 Rem

I am thinking about getting another gun and I am pretty set on the Marlin 336c. The question I have is what caliber is better. 30/30 or 35 Rem. I do go up north every couple years where we carry handguns and rifles do to the bear and wolf population. I am planning on using this for hunting and just fooling around with.

Please let me know what you think.

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Old 10-21-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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.35 Rem has its fan club. Good round, smidgin better than 30-30 (typically, 30 grain heavier bullet, and anothe 100 ft lbs ME. Ammo is not as common as 30-30, but not a rare cartridge.
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Neither for bear.

I personally prefer 35. Own a 336 in both calibers.
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It really depends on what type of hunting you plan on doing, ammo availability, and what you can afford. Based on my brief research on the two cartridges they opperate at around the same preassures and the 30-30 depending on the bullet weight is faster. The 30-30 also has a vider array of bullet weights than the .35 Remington.
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Whats "up north"? When i hear "heading up nort" i have to think your in MI.

If this is the case and your hunting the Hiawatha or Ottawa National forest. You want the .35. I have a Rem. Model 141 (tube fed) and a 760 (box fed)and love 'em both. The .35 is a better "brush buster" than the dirty tirdy.
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Having owned both, I would vote for the 30-30. More common ammo(cheaper), and sometimes the Marlins have headspace problems with the 35(not often).
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45/70 for bear! or anything.
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My son hunts with a 336C in .35 Remington, he is 12. Ammo is a little harder
to find, but that is not an issue for us as we reload. 30-30 is everywhere.

What kind of bear? I would not have an issue with a .35 Remington on
Black Bear, even a heavy .30-30 should get the job done. I would opt for
something with more punch for Brown bear.

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30-30 is a good all around cartridge and available in more different bullet weights and more common than the 35 Remington. It has brought down many a deer and bear. Personally I would opt for that.

Don't mis-understand me, nothing wrong with the 35 Rem.

Plus, if TSHTF the 30-30 ammo will be more plentyfull I think. (but you should still have a good supply of ammo)

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Personally I don't see much difference in performance outside of the 35 making a bigger hole and carrying more weight down range....both have advantages.

I recently purchased my firstl lever gun and it's a 30-30. I got it to hunt deer with inside 100yards so the 30-30 is fine. I debated between it and the 35 but wanted the classic round as well as a good rifle for all around hunting and easy/cheap to feed all the time as well as SHTF.
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