Range report: .35 Remington 760 - Graybeard Outdoors
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Default Range report: .35 Remington 760

Picked up this Remington 760 .35 Remington at a local show in 2017. Gun is an honest 75%+ condition, but by no means collector quality. Being a first year production gun it was not drilled and tapped for a scope. I paid less than half of what I'd seen these .35's selling for, but with open sights it was pretty much just a lookin at gun for me. So I put it away with all my other lookin at guns and moved on.


Fast forward 2+ years, I just couldnt take it anymore. Given the condition, I convinced myself that drilling and tapping wouldnt hurt the value all that much. I bought the gun right and REALLY wanted to shoot it. So out to the shop we went and a couple hours later, it was wearing a short Redfield Jr mount and an older Leupold 3-9. Replaced the trigger spring and the next day I dug out my .35 loading stuff and got after it.


Mondays trip to the range was pretty much a failure. I can only shoot 50 yards (long story) and the old Leupold scope wasnt clear at that distance, but I shot all the ammo I had loaded and drove home pissed and disappointed. Back to the drawing board.


Swapped out the old Leupold for a Sightron Sll that I knew was crystal clear at 50 yards. Loaded up 26 more rounds and hit the range yesterday. 3 shots at 50 yards with a mid range load of H4895 and 180 grain Hornady SSPB #3505. I know 50 yard targets are nothing to brag about, but when they shoot this well at 50 yards, I'm fairly confident it will shoot well at 100 yards.
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Yes I think you made the right choice to get a scope on it. That's worth keeping around.

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Nice! I had a 1952 in .35 and it liked the 200gr FTX bullet best. Looks like you've found a great combination, but you may want to pick up a few of the FTX and give them a try at some point as well.
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Looks like that deal worked out pretty good!

I don't have one of those, and my birthday comes before deer season...............just sayin'.
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Looks like that deal worked out pretty good!

I don't have one of those, and my birthday comes before deer season...............just sayin'.
I thought about it and I just wouldn't feel right sending you a used birthday present. If I can find a new one in the box, I'll send it your way.
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Nice! I had a 1952 in .35 and it liked the 200gr FTX bullet best. Looks like you've found a great combination, but you may want to pick up a few of the FTX and give them a try at some point as well.
I have a box of those new fangled gummy tip bullets, but I have a pretty good stash of these 3505's left from my 357 Maximum.
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Send that cloudy Leupold back to the factory. Call them first for a work order. Or, you could sell it dirt cheap to me and I’ll get it reworked for free. I have an old 3x9 that can’t be dated by the low serial number. Had it about 40 years and bought it used back then. Still a great scope with new parts.
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Send that cloudy Leupold back to the factory. Call them first for a work order. Or, you could sell it dirt cheap to me and Iíll get it reworked for free. I have an old 3x9 that canít be dated by the low serial number. Had it about 40 years and bought it used back then. Still a great scope with new parts.
Charles, I believe the problems I have with the Leupold scopes has something to do with me and not the scopes. I have close to a dozen newer Leupolds and none are clear at 50 yards, which is all the further I can shoot at my range. If my 100 yard range ever gets completed, I'm going to give the Leupolds another try at 100 yards.
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Can you adjust you eyepiece for a better focus? Happened to me once after retrieving a rifle I hadnít used in 25 years. My eyes changed. All but one of my scopes are Leupold. The odd scope is a Minox.
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I always liked these guns. Being from the Northeast they sure are popular here and all across No NY VT NH and Pennsylvania!!

I also have a early 1952 IIRC 760 in 35 Rem. I shoot nearly 100% FTX 200g cause they shoot so well and work!

The SSP’s are reserved for the Maxi! 😉

I drilled and tapped mine too. Leupold 2x7 affixed. It shoots great. I needed to use Miller Rings as two diff scopes would not adjust windage to align 100yards. I assume the barrel to receiver is off or mount is drilled slightly askew. Either one is now moot with these rings.



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