30/30 vs. 35 Rem

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by hawkman1, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. hawkman1

    hawkman1 New Member

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    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.

    Thanks
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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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.
     

  3. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Neither for bear.

    I personally prefer 35. Own a 336 in both calibers.
     
  4. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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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.
     
  5. fmj

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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.
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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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).
     
  7. lonewolf101

    lonewolf101 New Member

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    45/70 for bear! or anything.
     
  8. Shade

    Shade New Member

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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.

    One of my want list guns is a Marlin in .45-70, just for the cool factor.
     
  9. OC357

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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)

    Just my thoughts.

    OC
     
  10. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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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.
     
  11. hawkman1

    hawkman1 New Member

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    Up north is northern half of Minnesota.
     
  12. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Aye, same general lay of the land. IMHO go with the .35. .35 rounds arent that tough to find when compared to the dirty tirdy. I live in a shotgun state and can find .35's pretty readily.

    Do you reload, if so, it becomes a no brainer.
     
  13. hawkman1

    hawkman1 New Member

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    I was leaning towards the 35 Rem just because of the extra energy and all to take down any Black Bear or Wolf that comes near me while working on the land. Thanks you all for replying. Ill have to check on the availability of the round at the local gun stores.
     
  14. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    If you need help finding the .35 Remington cartridge I know some online places that offer it. Just PM me if needed ;).
     
  15. hawkman1

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    Thanks again for replying. I have made my decision and I am going to be getting the 336c Marlin in the .35 Rem. I will be getting it about mid next month or so. I can't wait.