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25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Apr 17th, 2019 at 12:37am
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Thinking about a 25-35 project. Your experiences would be appreciated.
  
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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #1 - Apr 17th, 2019 at 10:03am
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I've owned several in the original version that Winchester copied; the .25-36 Marlin. Pretty much the exact same case, with slightly different shoulder angle.
Mine have always like the NOE 117 gr. bullet I use, and shot extremely well out to 300 yds. But I've played with them at further distances also, and it still shoots good groups.
A newer version with modern barrel and a tighter twist might get even better accuracy than my 125 year old gun does. But mine has a nice bore, with 1:9 original twist rate.
  

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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #2 - Apr 17th, 2019 at 11:03am
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Thanks,

Maybe a better question is, if you wanted to do a .25 cal. What would it be? Really though Iím looking at two options, the 25-35 case and the 25-20wcf case.

This will be a new barrel for either my 44 1/2 Stevens or my Hiwall with a 2 1/2 weight.
  
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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #3 - Apr 17th, 2019 at 11:21am
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Depends on what your planned use is really? If it's plinking, or schuetzen matches, I'd probably go the .25-20WCF. A better choice, and more efficient too. If it might be used as a deer rifle, or varmint gun, then I'd prefer the .25-35 myself.
  

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Reply #4 - Apr 17th, 2019 at 1:07pm
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I too have been thinking about a 25-35 for use in breech seated Schuetzen benchrest competition. I have a new BRC 10 twist blank and a Mos 120 Spitzer mould and just need to have a custom reamer made. I have had such great success with the 28-35 for the same type of use it has sparked my interest in trying the same in 25.
  
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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #5 - Apr 17th, 2019 at 4:09pm
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I've always had a soft spot for the cartridge and have had it in a couple of Winchester lever actions.  Missed out on a High Wall that had been re-barreled and chambered in .25-35 Ackley Improved by Parker Ackley himself.  It belonged to one of the old timers who was a member in one of my local gun clubs.  By the time I heard that he had passed away it had already been sold by the family along with many other interesting guns.  Always regretted not having an opportunity to buy that rifle ...
  

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Reply #6 - Apr 17th, 2019 at 4:56pm
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I've built rolling blocks in both chamberings. Both on 1901 actions.  Thec25-35with a 9.5 twist #2 profile unknown barrel, the 25-20 wears a Green Mountain #2 25-20 14 twist barrel. Both have been out once. They'll be on the list for this summer's range time. I rented the reamer for the 25-20 and bought the 25-35 reamer from Midway. I'm happy with how they both turned out.
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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #7 - Apr 19th, 2019 at 11:50pm
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A similar case but easier to form is the .25 Rem formed using .30-30 brass.
Works like a .25-35 but looks a little more modern.
  
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Reply #8 - Apr 20th, 2019 at 8:29am
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The 25 Remington is a rimless cartridge develloped in 1906 for the modle 8 auto and 14 pump. 30-30 Brass needs to have the rim removed and the extractor gruve cut. And dies are pricy. I'd stick with the 25-35WCF as Hornaday is making brass for it.
In order 25-20WCF,† 25-35WCF,† 25-36Marlin, and 25 Remington.
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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #9 - Apr 21st, 2019 at 8:56pm
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.30 Remington brass is still available and can be necked down very easily to .25 Remington.  I buy it and neck it up to .32 Remington to feed my Remington Model 141 pump rifle in that chambering.

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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #10 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 12:17am
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Thanks guys. I have plenty of 25-35 win. brass so now Iím just trying to figure out what to do with it. I like the looks of this case anyway.

Easy thing would be to just chamber a plain 25-35 and play with that for a while. But a 28-35 might be a better choice for something new.

Thoughts?
  
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Reply #11 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 8:09am
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Not a single shot, but I have been having wonderful fun with a Winchester Mod. 1892 chambered in .25-20 WCF.  I bought it somewhat "by accident" on GB earlier last year.  Put in a bid I thought would be trumped and ended up owning it!  The little lever rifle is surprisingly accurate and so much fun to plink with.

Now back to good old American single shot rifles.  I have a Stevens 44-1/2 chambered in .25-20 SS.  I just love that rifle also.  It is equipped with a tang aperture sight and Lee Shaver front aperture sight.  When I do my part it is extraordinarily accurate.

With either of the .25-20 rounds you have a bit of trouble with brass.  For now, Bertram is the only choice for the Stevens round, and that gets expensive.  You would think the WCF round would be readily available, but it is not.  Shooters are left with the task of necking down .32-20 brass.

I've not owned a .25-35, but it should be a fine rifle.  You might find it has a bit more case capacity than you really need, particularly if you intend to shoot cast bullets.

Good luck with your project!

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Reply #12 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 9:23am
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Remington40x wrote on Apr 21st, 2019 at 8:56pm:
WW:

.30 Remington brass is still available and can be necked down very easily to .25 Remington.† I buy it and neck it up to .32 Remington to feed my Remington Model 141 pump rifle in that chambering.

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If you need more 30 Remington I have a bucket of it (2000 Remington headstamped)  that I bought when still available. I also have model 14s in 25 & 30 & 32 Remington to feed.
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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #13 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 4:19pm
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WW:

Thanks for the offer, but I'm sitting on several hundred and don't think I'll ever get around to loading some of them.  I tend to shoot the same 50 or so until I wear them out and the Remington 141 is basically a deer hunting rifle, so it sees maybe a box or two a year through it.

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Re: 25-35 Good or Bad idea?
Reply #14 - Apr 22nd, 2019 at 6:48pm
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Speaking of 14s, the manager of the gun department in a sporting goods store once sold me 3 of them for $15 a piece, a 25 rifle, a 30 rifle, and a 30 carbine. That 30 carbine was pretty slick. Sold one, traded one, eventually a buddy talked me out of the 30 carbine. Later had a beautiful 141 in 35. Wish I had kept that one.
  
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