The .35 Remington has killed many thousands of both in its century-long career, it is a proven hunting cartridge. The classic 200-grain RN bullet is the factory load of choice, although in a 14" T/C the velocity is a bit low. This can be improved to rifle speeds safely with handloads. I've used the 180 Speer and 150 CoreLokt with success on deer, harvested a moose with the 250 Speer. No bear, but it would do it.
In my 14 inch Contender, I don't consider it to be excessive even with top end loads. The .44 magnum in the same frame would get painful after a while but I can shoot the .35 all day even with solid wood grips. It does kick the barrel up a more tan the .30-30 I've shot.
I shoot it for deer. I have shot probably 8 the past two season with it. I am shooting 180 gr SSP Hornadys.
If the hunter will shoot straight, the caliber is capable of taking deer efficiently.
Mine if very accurate and seems to shoot better the farther the target gets. 1" groups are common with my reloads. I have used H380 and H322 with excellent results. The recoil with my 14" is more rearward where my 10" 30-30 has more muzzle rise.
I killed one six point Whitetail and two Black Bears . One shot/complete pass-thru each animal:
180 gr. Speer Flat Point /deer: 200 gr. RN Rem Load/1st Bear : 200 gr. Rem PSP handload / 2nd Bear
14" 'Muzzletamer' barrel---Simmons 3x Illuminated Reticle Whitetail Classic scope (dicontinued by Simmons ).
Accuracy with all three loads were outstanding in this barrel.
I have an extra Super 14 .35Rem w/o Muzzletamer if you are looking for one.It is a nice/nice used one but I have not fired it.
A buddy of mine shot a 300+ black about 40yrs.ago.he shot it in the front of the throat.When we skinded it out the bullet was lodged in the fat at the base of the tail!!!.Based on that i would say that the 35 Rem.is more then aditquit?.It should do the job on any bear out there.pan.
I really like mine and am getting rid of my 14" 30-30 barrel. I have a 12" barrel (cut off super 14") and 16" carbine. I handload 200 grain round nose bullets. I have bought Sierra in the past but was thinking of getting some Hornady's.
Last year I shot a very large doe at about 30 yards with a 180 Hornady SSP bullet. It was a front quartering shot. The bullet hit in front of the rib cage and lodged under the skin in the rear quarter. When hit, however, the deer jumped straight up and ran off. I thought I may have missed it! There was also no blood or hair. I just followed the direction it had run and found it about 50 yards down the path. I found that the bullet expanded almost immediately as the entrance wound was huge. I was disappointed, however, with the penetration and that the deer didn't fall down at least. A lot of people on the board encouraged me to switch to 200 grain RN bullets. I am taking their advice...
If you want to see poor expansion, use the 200 grain round nose bullets. I've shot two bucks with them and they did the job but they just punch holes and make poor blood trails. I switched to 158 xtp/fp bullets and never tracked another deer. They are the other extreme, they explode inside the deer, not always a good thing either but the deer haven't complained. all of the deer i've taken with both bullets were 50 yards and closer so figure that into the equation also.
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