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Default Tried New Bullet In 35 Rem.

I recently took advantage of Midway's free shipping deal to order some items. Purchased some Speer 180 grain hotcore bullets, and found that my .35 Rem shoots them about the same as the Hornady 200 grain FTX bullets. And, they are considerably cheaper.


I hope to see how they perform on deer before too long.
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I shot a total of 1 deer with the 180 FNSP and it did not seem to expand as well as the 200 FTX. Only bones hit were ribs. Through lungs and heart and kept on going out the other side. Deer ran 146 yards (measured by GPS) before going down. However, a sample size of 1 is not much to go on!!

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I shot a total of 1 deer with the 180 FNSP and it did not seem to expand as well as the 200 FTX. Only bones hit were ribs. Through lungs and heart and kept on going out the other side. Deer ran 146 yards (measured by GPS) before going down. However, a sample size of 1 is not much to go on!!



That's sure something to think about. To this point I've loaded the 200 grain FTX, or bought the leverevolution ammo. May try to do some expansion tests before next year.


Do you recall what your load was for the Speer bullets? The ones that I shot were over an almost max load of LVR powder.
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It was back in 2009 with my Handi that had been rechambered to 358 WSSM. I was told by the smith not to exceed .35 Rem velocities when loading for it in the Handi platform.

I had the 180's running right at 2300 fps. Accuracy was fantastic!

After shooting him, I moved up to the 200 FTX @ 2250 fps out of that rifle and my Dad and I have not had one go more than 30 yards. Out of my .358 WSSM bolt gun I had built a year later, the 200 FTX is going 2615 fps.


The only jacketed bullet I have hunted with in the .35 Remington Handi is the 200 HP custom swaged that I got off of Dinny. This year I worked up to the Hornady manual max of 42.7 LVR and it shoots overlapping groups of the 200 FTX @ 2331 fps! This will be the bullet that gets used from here on out.
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One of the very best bullets ever made for the 35REM is a RCBS 358/200.

Cast from wheel weights it is even a good expander at the attainable velocities. Excellent hunting and economical all around bullet.

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The Root-beer colored bullet is a RCBS 358/200. The Blue is a LBT 220g close to same profiles. Both a powder coated.

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One of the very best bullets ever made for the 35REM is a RCBS 358/200.

Cast from wheel weights it is even a good expander at the attainable velocities. Excellent hunting and economical all around bullet.

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The Root-beer colored bullet is a RCBS 358/200. The Blue is a LBT 220g close to same profiles. Both a powder coated.

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I have the Lee clone of that RCBS bullet. A few weeks back I coated some with John Deere green that I got from Smoke over on castboolit site. They sure are purdy!



So far, I haven't found a cast load that's as accurate as the FTX bullets, but I'm gonna keep working on it. I've got a stack of lead that I need to shoot up so the wife doesn't have to deal with it when I'm gone.
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I shot a deer with the RCBS 35-200 and it went about 5 yards. The bullet shoots great for me and several other people that have shot it.
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The 200gr FTX is also my go-to bullet for the 35 Rem. I have only tried one load and that's the one listed on the bottle of LVR powder. I get MOA or better accuracy from my Rem Model 7 and haven't a need to try another load. Looks like that rifle will accompany me next week for a bear hunt. I'll let you all know if I get to drop the hammer on one.

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The 200gr FTX is also my go-to bullet for the 35 Rem. I have only tried one load and that's the one listed on the bottle of LVR powder. I get MOA or better accuracy from my Rem Model 7 and haven't a need to try another load. Looks like that rifle will accompany me next week for a bear hunt. I'll let you all know if I get to drop the hammer on one.

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Good luck on finding a bear, Dinny! I have no doubt the Remmy is up to it.

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I always had good luck with the RN 200 over a max load of 4895. Brought deer down like the hammer of Thor! Of course the .35 Rem has always performed way beyond it's paper ballistics.

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