.35 Remington (Rifle)
Date: Apr 07 2015
Notes from the Lab: .35 Remington (Rifle)
The .35 Remington was introduced in 1906 in that company’s Model 8 auto-loading rifle. In the years since it has been chambered in pump, lever-action, single-shot and bolt-action rifles and single-shot pistols. It has an excellent reputation as a woods cartridge for hunting deer and black bear and offers moderate recoil, at least when compared to other more potent .35-caliber rifle cartridges.
For reference, Remington 200-grain Core-Lokt factory loads gave 2,105 fps from the test rifle. Handloads more or less duplicated that velocity using IMR-3031, IMR-4064 and IMR 4320 powders.
For reliable feeding in pump, lever-action and auto-loading rifles (the most common rifle types associated with this cartridge), cases should be full length sized, and some rifle may require a small base sizer die to reliably chamber reloaded cartridges. (Note: Small base dies are not a standard item with most die manufacturers, but can be special ordered.)
It has become common to load jacketed bullets in the .35 Remington that are designed for the .357 Magnum and measure .357 inch (rather than the standard .358-inch diameter). In a Remington Model 141 test rifle, accuracy with the smaller bullets was moderate at best, and due to their light construction to produce reliable expansion at revolver velocities, performance on game is usually poor. Using the Sierra .358-inch 200-grain RN bullet, accuracy was good.
It is recommended that bullets are crimped with a roll crimp, or Lee’s Factory Crimp die, to assure that bullets stay in place when they are cycled through repeating rifles.
Best accuracy was obtained with IMR-4198, IMR-3031 and IMR-4895, and in each instance maximum loads produced the best accuracy.