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GunGeek's reloading manual says particularly heavy bullets aren't the best for 35 Rem.
Of course, you're also supposed to use slower powders for heavier bullets. So what about black powder? Using a full charge of BP and a heavy bullet (say 250+ grain), think it could give a decent hunting load? Yeah, I really am on a serious black powder kick.
 

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Check to see how much powder it will take to fill the case. If the .35 Rem. case will hold 30 - 40 grains of BP (compressed when loaded) then a 250 gr. bullet (lead, not jacketed) would make an OK target load, but I'd think twice about hunting big game with it. M.V. is going to be about 1400 fps tops.

Fact is, the .35 Rem. just wasn't designed for BP.
 

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I have a 35 Rem barrelled Contender. It's very accurate at 200yds. Most of the deer hunters who use handguns, have stepped up to the 35. It has a little more powder capacity than the 357 Herrett, but case life is a shorter. Neck sizing extends case life. It is a great deer cartridge in a rifle too.
I use mine for steel matches. It jars both target and shooter.
Indy
 
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