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270 vs 35 rem - 1st time deer hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by cbus, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. cbus


    Apr 12, 2008
    St Louis, MO
    First time out deer hunting next fall. Have my grandfathers Remington 721 in 270 or Remington 141 in 35 rem. I'll be hunting in SE Missouri, ranges probably not exceeding 100yds.. The 35 already has a scope on it, the 270 does not. The 141 has a tube mag, so round tips in the that vs spire points in the 270.

    Does one lend itself to a beginning hunter vs the other?

    I don't have a lot of experience with rifles outside of a .22 and a marlin 30-30 (no hunting). I've been more of a shotgun/pistol guy over the years.

  2. JimBianchi

    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

    Feb 15, 2006
    Las Vegas
    At 100yds, I'd use the 30-30.

    Second choice would be the 35rem.

  3. If one is talking about deer and you have experience with the 30-30, than I would tend to agree, the 30-30 seems to be your best shot ( pun intended )

    Now either of the other 2 would get the job done, but make sure you at least run some rounds thru them and sight them in. The 35 remmy might have smaller options and choices with ammo slection & cost more overall to shoot, so keep that in mind. And it has poor BC performance for any long range shooting.

    FWIW win270 was my 1st deer rifle caliber.
  4. gruntmedik

    gruntmedik Honk Honk CLM

    Jan 2, 2005
    Taylorsville, KY
    At the range you listed, the 35 Rem will be perfect.
  5. Big Bird

    Big Bird NRA Life Member

    Aug 7, 2003
    Louisville KY
    At under 100 yards it doesn't matter. You can argue ballistics, energy, drop, velocity etc until the cows come home. At 100 yards it doesn't matter. Shot placement matters and at 100 yards shot placement will be THE deciding factor if you make meat (or not).

    The .35 Remington is a great gun and I believe the ammo is less expensive than .270 ammo. So buy a couple hundred rounds of 35 remington and go practice a bunch.
  6. Ghost361


    Jun 12, 2006
    Agree with 35 remington concensus. If you can swing it try the Hornady lever evolution. I have had great success with it in 30-30. The accuracy was fantastic. They are pricey but well worth it.
  7. Gypsie


    Mar 23, 2011
    The 35 has killed lots of deer and the 270 would do a great job......
    The Question is which one fits you best when you mount it to shoot.....
    Luck on you hunt.....
  8. 10mmWendel


    Jul 13, 2010
    The difference between the two calibers will be minute at 100 yards, what you should truly be concerned with is shot placement shot placement shot placement.

    Shoot both guns to see which you shoot better, then go with that one.

    Get a big one
  9. CanyonMan

    CanyonMan In The Saddle

    Jul 26, 2002
    I love the 35 remington and those big heavy round nose bullets. I killed an Oklahoma 9 point, a big one, at 180yds with a 35 Remington and a 4X old weaver scope on it. I've used the 35 Reminton a good bit, and the 30-30 and the 270 as well. For your particular hunting needs/description of terrian, all three will work, BUT, Id personally grab the 35 remmy.

    As flat a shootin that we have to sometimes do on the ranch in Okla. Or the one here in West Texas, where I usually need my Remington 7mm Mag. I still like hunting in the Mesquite's and the canyon bottom with huge trees and dense brush where shots are 100 yards and mostly less. I take the 35 remington a good deal.

    With a good scope on it Pard, it will easily take a deer at 200 yards or so.
    Closer is better. Just sayin what it "can do," if you can. ;)

    Good hunting.

  10. K.Kiser


    Jan 23, 2010
    Shreveport, La.
    Like said, at 100 yards it won't matter ballisically... If the shooter does his job then it's a done deal, be it a 30-30, or a 35 rem, or a 270, or a 105 mm howitzer... Pick some decent ammo, stay away from varmint loads and opt for well constructed large game loads and you'll be well equipped... I have access to just about every imaginable popular caliber for anything up to the large bears, and if I had shots limited to 100-150 yards on deer I was just as soon grab my 30-30 as I would reach another 3' and grab a 33 caliber super smasher magnum... Picking a caliber is a function of body mass of the game and distance, anything more is novelty... Take a little time to get profficient with either rifle, and it's all over but the eating...
  11. cbus


    Apr 12, 2008
    St Louis, MO
    Thanks for all the advice. I sold off the 30-30 a long time ago, but the 270 and 35 are family hand-me-downs and I've held onto them. The 35 already has a scope on it, and the 270 does not - and with all the apparent love for the 35, looks like that's what I'll be taking.

    Thanks again!
  12. TScottW99

    TScottW99 NRA Life Member

    Jul 15, 2002
    Roanoke, VA
    Another vote for the .35remmy. Check out the new Hornady 200 grain Flex Tip round or the ol' Remington Express 200 grain core-lokt.
  13. I shot my first deer with an open sighted Remington 141 in .35 Remington. It's still at my dads house and will one day be mine. So obviously it's going to be my recomendation to you.

    One thing about the 141, it has the spiral grooves in the magazine tube with prevents pointed bullets from sitting on the primer of the round in front of it. You can use spitzer bullets in them, if you can find them.
  14. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

    Jan 25, 2008
    Clarksville, Tn.
    I would go with the 35 REM. Whichever you choose practice with it to get good, wounding instead of killing sucks.
  15. La26


    Aug 2, 2008
    I would go with the 35 mainly because it has a scope on it. The optimum shooting times will probably be early morning or late evening. Due to the low light conditons at those times, the scope will gather more light than your naked eye, allowing you to place your shot more precisely.