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The year was 1906 and .35 Remington was just introduced and no one could possibly see that 115 years later this cartridge would still be in active production. However, the popularity continues to fall in lieu of other more modern calibers.
The 35 Remington round is a rimless bottleneck cartridge originally released in 1906 and is an extremely popular round for medium-sized game hunting.
Overview of .35 Remington
In 1906 Remington introduced an auto-loading rifle, made the Remington Model 8, chambered in .35 Remington, .25 Remington, .32 Remington, and .30 Remington.
Of the four calibers the Remington Model 8 was chambered in the clear winner in popularity was the .35 Remington and it remains the only one of the four cartridges still in production today.
.35 Remington Purpose
At the time it was created it was truly one of a kind as there was no medium bore sized competitors at the time.
The 35 Remington is a beloved hunting carriage by many who hunt medium game such as deer and elk.
The cartridge does have a limited effective range which we will talk about next.
.35 Remington Performance
The original .35 Remington was a 200 grain .35 caliber that achieved around 2,100 feet per second.
With over 1,900 foot-pounds of energy on target, this round was extremely impressive for what is provided in its day.
The 35 Remington effective range is around 200 yards. Because this gun has a slow velocity and low ballistic coefficient it does not have a flat trajectory past 200 yards.
Guns that Shoot .35 Remington Ammo
Current production guns that shoot the .35 Remington are pretty limited and most likely are lever-action rifles.
There are some nice pump action used rifles available in 35 Remington as well.
The most notable gun still in production today in 35 Remington is the Side Gate Lever Action by Henry.
Side Gate Lever Action by Henry
The side gate lever action is a true American classic. Henry went all out on the Side Gate in 35 Remington.
This wood stock and gold tint with all black accents is the essential American classic lever gun and shooting it in 35 Remington just makes sense.
It will be difficult to probably find this model in stores but if you look online you might be able to snag one.
Marlin Model 336
The Marlin Model 336 is also a lever gun made for 35 Rem. These are also a great 35 Rem gun but you will likely only find them used or second-hand.
However, a lot of the used guns are like new so shop around if you would rather have a piece of firearms history.
Once Marlin gets their product back up to speed you may see the Model 336 brand new. But keep in mind the 35 Remington round is on a decline in lieu of other more modern calibers.
Remington Model 141
The Remington Model 141 is an interesting gun on this list namely because it’s the first gun that isn’t a lever action.
The Remington Model 141 is a Pump Action .35 Rem rifle, yes, you read that right a pump action.
A variant of the Model 14 rifle the Model 141 it updated the Model 14 by adding a white metal bead ramp front sight and a rear adjustable sight.
The Remington Model 141 was introduced in 1936 and was later replaced by the Remington Model 760 in the early 1950s.
You can still find these used and as of this writing, there are a number of them available on Guns.com.
.35 Remington Ammo Price and Availability
35 Remington is surprisingly still in production, while it has taken a backseat to the production of other calibers during the 2019 COVID pandemic you can still find it in smaller quantities around the web.
While prices are still elevated (nearly $4 / round in most cases) the availability seems to be consistent but limited.
Often people prefer to go with the easier-to-find 45-70 Government round over the .35 Remington cartridge.
.35 Remington FAQ
Here are some of the most frequently answer questions of the 35 Rem round.
What is .35 Remington good for?
The 35 Remington is known to be a hunting round and is good for medium game such as deer and elk.
Do they still make .35 Remington ammo?
Yes, several large ammo manufacturers still make 35 Remington ammo.
What’s the difference between .35 Remington vs 45-70?
Both rounds are great time-tested rounds. However, the .45-70 Government round is by far the more powerful round in terms of foot-pounds on target thus making it the better round when it comes to knock down power.
The .35 Remington just doesn’t have quite the power on target that the 45-70 does.
35 Remington vs 30-30
These two classic lever-action rifle rounds are often compared by anyone who’s in the market for a lever-action rifle.
In terms of performance, both of these cartridges offer very similar ballistic and knock-down performance.
The largest difference will likely be the availability of ammo. You’ll be able to find 30-30 in stores very easily whereas .35 Remington will be harder to locate.
If you are a reloader you can easily find reloading supplies for the 35 Remington.