.35 Remington Handgun (using Hornady bullets)
Date: Apr 30 2014
The .35 Remington was developed around 1906 for the Remington Model 8 auto-loading rifle but has been offered in many other rifles and handguns such as Thompson/Center single-shot pistols. It has found favor among handgun hunters and metallic silhouette competitors.
Currently the .35 Remington is available in Remington factory loads containing 150-grain bullets (advertised at 2,300 fps from a rifle), and 200-grain loads from Remington, Federal and Winchester (2,080 fps). Buffalo Bore Ammunition offers a +P style 220-grain version specifically for lever-action rifles. Unfortunately, the only load available to reference actual velocity in the 14-inch handgun barrel was the 150-grain Remington load, which produced 2,043 fps.
Using the 180-grain Hornady SP bullet, several powders reached around 2,100 fps, while the 200-grain SP could be pushed to between 1,800 and 1,900 fps.
Hodgdon H-322, H-4895, IMR-4895 and IMR-3031 powders gave the best accuracy (including lowest extreme spreads) in this test gun.
Current industry maximum average pressure for the .35 Remington is 35,000 CUP; however, some of the loads in the accompanying chart exceed that figure and should be used only in the Thompson/Center Contender and Encore or modern bolt-action pistols. Loads containing spitzer profile bullets should not be used in any gun with a tubular magazine.