View Poll Results: Which caliber is the best for an all round lever gun cartridge in the PNW?

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  • .356 Winchester

    43 33.86%
  • .35 Remington

    50 39.37%
  • .348 Winchester

    17 13.39%
  • Other

    17 13.39%
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    308/338, Looks like you said you would be testing Leverevolution powder on the 356Win with the FTX bullets. What kind of results are you getting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PNW4Life View Post
    I like the feedback but have a couple "holes" to plug:
    1. I'm only interested in a Marlin or Winchester rifle
    2. I'm only interested in a range of 200 yards max! (I know the shot could be further but won't be taking it... I took my first buck this last fall at a little over 500 yards)
    3. I'm interested in the calibers I listed
    4. I'm not interested in mounting anything but a peep site on this rifle
    Hope that clears things up a bit more.
    I just notice your poll has "others" in the multiple choice list. I would assume that Marlin 338 express would come under "others" Well that puts a different light on this thread. OKAY! Lets start over again. The rifle your looking for is the Marlin 338 express. As much as I am a 35 cal. fan in a lever rifle, I would have opt to the Mar. 338 exp. before any other caliber. If I could only own one big game lever rifle it would be the Marlin 338 express. But the timing for this cartridge and the sale of Marlin to Remington was not good. For those whom own good NH. CT. made M.338exp. are lucky. If Remington starts producing them again the way they should be, then I see no reason why not to buy one.

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    Last edited by 308/338; 12-09-2012 at 08:09 AM.

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    I'm way beyond need at this point.I have Marlin Levers (big game calibers)in 30-30,32 spl,32-40,35Rem,375W,444,44-40,45-70 And a Winny in 348.I almost had a 338 ME 93series but someone barely beat me to it.I still may get a 356 or 338 someday just to play with,as I love odd ball calibers.
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    [QUOTE=pb;1048120]308/338, Looks like you said you would be testing Leverevolution powder on the 356Win with the FTX bullets. What kind of results are you getting?
    Pb[/QUOTE]"I own a Win. 94AE BB. 356W. and the last time at the range I tested the HDY's FTX 200gr. bullet and found them to be accurate in this rifle. I'm not yet fully satisfied with this load because I need to chronograph it and see how accurate it can be at 100 & 200 yards. But it looks promising, should give the same edge in the way of velocity & energy down range as it give to the 35R leverevolution ammo."
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    The above is what I stated.

    In this thread I stated I used FTX 200 gr. bullets which is used to make LE ammo. But on another thread I did talk about loading with LVR powder for the 356W and I was discussing a starting point. I called Hornady and spoke to a tech about using LVR powder in the 356W. with the FTX. 200 gr. bullet. His suggestion was to use the 35R. data and work up from there. There isn't any publish data on LVR powder with the 356W that I know of to date and I'm not the one to load untested powder charges. But if I was the take the advice of the HDY's tech I would start with 39.0gr. of LVR work up to 44.0gr. since 42.7gr. is maximum charge in the 35R.

    My reasoning was to have one powder for all my lever rifles [308/338 exp. 30/30 32 spl. 356w.] although this is a good idea in my mind, it isn't practicable if you're looking for top performance in each rifle/caliber. Now this is not to say I might not do it but it's sill an open thought of mine.


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    for folks in the east the 35

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    Based on cost and trying to find ammo, I'd say the .35Rem..... and in my part of the world, finding .35Rem ammo ain't easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LT View Post
    Based on cost and trying to find ammo, I'd say the .35Rem..... and in my part of the world, finding .35Rem ammo ain't easy.
    It isn't easy in my part of the world either. Most all store that sell ammo have 30/30 in abundances at reasonable prices. About 15 years ago in the town of Indian lake NY my friend brought his 336T 35R. on a camping trip and paid $35. for a box of 20 rem. 200 gr. in a outfitter store. At the time 30/30 were priced at $10. a box. It's no wonder why 30/30 are so popular besides being a .30 cal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 308/338 View Post
    It isn't easy in my part of the world either. Most all store that sell ammo have 30/30 in abundances at reasonable prices. About 15 years ago in the town of Indian lake NY my friend brought his 336T 35R. on a camping trip and paid $35. for a box of 20 rem. 200 gr. in a outfitter store. At the time 30/30 were priced at $10. a box. It's no wonder why 30/30 are so popular besides being a .30 cal.

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    When I bought my 35 back in 1987, ammo was plentiful just like the ole 30-30. I could even find .300Sav ammo. With the lack of being able to find ammo these days, I'm actually thinking about getting a used JM stamped 30-30.... or finally get the equipment and learn how to reload
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    35Rem is easy to find here - (tongue in cheek) - I just go downstairs to the gun room and there are always several boxes on the ammo shelf in the closet! LOL! There is no way I could ever be tied down to "what's available" at a store.....just doesn't work for me. Though, I do know it does work for some..start handloading and you may be surprised who else handloads but doesn't say much about it. Lots of "closet handloaders" out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT View Post
    When I bought my 35 back in 1987, ammo was plentiful just like the ole 30-30. I could even find .300Sav ammo. With the lack of being able to find ammo these days, I'm actually thinking about getting a used JM stamped 30-30.... or finally get the equipment and learn how to reload
    Reloading for the 35R is as cheap as for the 30/30. I was told from a hunting friend that the 35R was being phased out. There might be some true to it if you look at the new lever rifle 30/30 bring offered by Mossberg, Rossi and Henry. It seen the 35R is only going to be a one manufacturer one model cartridge if you can even find a new one.

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