The .35 Remington is a hunting cartridge that has been around for over 100 years. Though originally chambered for a Remington semi-automatic, the .35 Remington is perhaps best known to modern shooters as a common caliber in the Marlin Model 336 lever action rifle. In addition to the Marlin, the .35 Remington is also a popular hunting choice in the Thompson Center Contender. The .35 Remington is popular with hunters who hunt whitetail deer, black bear, and hogs in deep woods and thick brush where shots are often short and quick. However, if shots are kept to a reasonable distance in the hands of a patient hunter who will wait for a proper shot the .35 Remington can be effective on larger game such as moose and elk.
Ballistics for the .35 Remington are not all that impressive compared against many more modern cartridges, but the large bullet diameter seems to help provide a boost to the real world effectiveness of the cartridge. According to Remington.com, Remington offers two loads for the .35 Remington, a 150 grain and a 200 grain Core-Lokt. The Remington Core-Lokt is a reliable hunting bullet that has stood that test of time and has and will continue to take a lot of game. The Core-Lokt bullets in the .35 Remington should expand quickly to deliver energy while the locked core is designed not to separate to provide deep penetration. The 150 grain load leaves the barrel at a published 2300 feet per second and generates 1762 pound of energy. At 100 yards the load provides 1874 feet per second and 1169 foot pounds of energy. The 200 yard numbers show a velocity of 1506 and 755 foot pounds of energy. As the general rule of thumb is that 100 foot pounds of energy are required as a minimum for deer hunting, this makes the .35 Remington about a 150 yard deer cartridge. The 200 grain Remington load adds a little energy to these numbers.
One of the more exciting recent innovations in the ammunition world (where most innovations are marginal improvements as best) is the Hornady LEVERevolution. The Hornady LEVERevolution is a flexible tip bullet that provides greatly improved ballistics yet the tip is soft enough to be used in a tubular magazine. Hornady loads the LEVERevolution for the .35 Remington in a 200 grain bullet that makes the .35 Remington a legitimate 300 yards whitetail deer cartridge providing a published 1003 foot pounds of energy at 300 yards (according to Hornady.com).
Though the .35 Remington is a hundred year old cartridge that still has a lot of life in it. The .35 Remington is one of a number of useful cartridges for hunting in brush and other areas where shots are relatively short.