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Thread: Model 8 Remington strikes again!

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    This past year (2010) my old .35 Remington model 8 autoloader turned 100 years old. I had verified this by the serial #s listed in John Henwood's book "The Great Remington 8 and model 81 autoloading rifles". To sort of commemorate this I decided to go on a spring bear hunt (well,actually I had been itching for another bear hunt for quite some time anyway). By coincidence,I ended up staying in a 100 year old cabin--which I guess added something to the whole experience. I passed on some black bears before taking a nice one--not huge by any means at around 240 pounds--but a nice one though. When I fired,to my surprise--he took off like he was on fire...I fired a couple more wild shots as he as he tore away though the thick stuff. One hour until dark...I followed the blood trail for around 40 to 50 yards,near a small brook....I thought perhaps he had crossed...then noticed a small log which had fallen across the brook had a few drops of blood on it! I was starting to balance my self to cross the brook when I noticed the bear,mostly submerged in the murky water--flat on it's back in the brook! I had taken him a hair behind the front shoulder,through both lungs,with a 200 grain Remington Core Lokt. I had so much fun I plan to try for another bear this year with the 'ol rifle. Just got the mount back --it's a 3/4 open mouth mount in an aggressive pose--and turned out great! It was a fun hunt,knowing I was using a gun from a bygone era. The only scary side note was when I had to get some more ammo for it...had a hard time finding it--and then was $27 per box! But I guess the only ammo deals common these days are the 30-30,30-06,and a few other very popular calibers.Guess the good old days were just not as expensive.

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    Excellent!

    If you decide to reload for it to ease the ammo situation, the Mod 8 35 Rem I owned a few decades back was really proud of IMR-3031 powder.

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    This thread needs pictures!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    This thread needs pictures!!!!!
    Ah,if only I were computer literate Maybe my wife,with her digital camera,cell phones,electronic book thing-a-ma-jig,etc...could show me how to post pics on here sometime. And thanks for the tip brown bear--there's lots of ammo available from a few other manufacturers actually--I just wanted the Remington brand and had a hard time finding them...... true--just as expensive though.

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    congrats on your bear! an interesting story with great memories ( i am sure ). as time permits read: judge folta, alaska's bear hunting judge. this is a true account of the model 8, 35 remington used on alaska's brown and grizzly bears. an interesting read and a testament to the killing power of the .358cal cartridge.

    personally, i like h4895 & aa2015 as favorite powders in my .35 marlin. recently however i purchased the new hodgdon leverevolution powder, which should be an improvement .

    good luck with your fine rifle.
    happy trails.
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    Its good to hear about your successful bear hunt and great mount hope you get another one with the ole 35! I have a Mod 8 in 30 Rem that was my grandfathers and I keep meaning to pull it out and see how she shoots. It has a Weaver K4 on it and is very clean looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broncoformudv View Post
    Its good to hear about your successful bear hunt and great mount hope you get another one with the ole 35! I have a Mod 8 in 30 Rem that was my grandfathers and I keep meaning to pull it out and see how she shoots. It has a Weaver K4 on it and is very clean looking.
    In the reloading threads a guy just reported seeing two boxes of 30 Remington ammo at Sportsmans Warehouse. Surprised heck out of me! I expect to see it only in dusty corners of older sporting goods stores.

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    "as time permits read: judge folta, alaska's bear hunting judge. this is a true account of the model 8, 35 remington used on alaska's brown and grizzly bears. an interesting read and a testament to the killing power of the .358cal cartridge."
    I read that one--it was great! I bought it used on line for only $4. Judge Folta sounded like an interesting man and it made for a great read. And it sounds like he really showed what the .35 Rem is capable of. And Bronco--I'll bet that 'ol .30 Rem probably shoots great--I got incredible groups with my .35Rem at 100 yards--with open sights! You'd probably want to save your brass for that .30Rem. though.

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    I have two of the M 8s one in 30 and the other in 35. Rem must have made a run of 30 Rem recently as the ammo in SW was in new boxes. It shocked me to see it there. The gun show prices have been in the $50/60 range. The 200gr corelokt is perfect for the 35 and tends to kill well beyond what one would think by it's case size. John Browning was brilliant.

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    I will have to stop by Sportsmans and see if they have any left. Thanks for the tips guys!

    I read the book about Judge Folta and was very impressed with it, he accomplished a lot during his time on this Earth and shot a lot of bears with the 35 Rem. I would have bought a better performing cartridge after some of his experiences.

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    You need to reload, 200gr CLRN are avalible in bulk at midwayusa cheap. Keep you loads for the model #8 at current listed levels. I realy like H4895 and load for a 336D up to 2200fps but find 2160fps as my rifle peak accuracy level which is 39.7grs. 40.0grs is 2188fps and 40.5grs is 2200fps. All from a 18.5" ported barrel. For a 20" barrel TAC is also great producing 2250fps at MAX +P loading.

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    Default Got pics! .35 Rem bear hunt....

    Well--with the help of my daughter (well,she did it all actually ), I was able to get a few pics on here. I had a rug made from a much larger bear one time--but it seemed to shrink a lot during the tanning/mounting process. I really like the 3/4 mount.
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    The first photo shows the "shrunken" rug I mentioned in my last post--big head though.... this was a 400+ pounder. It's the only bear I did not shoot with my model 8,having taken him with my dad's Remington Model 740, 30-06.
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    Very cool Bruce! My son has a half mount that really looks nice and makes an avg bear look bigger I think!
    Nice story - good job!
    Lucky that bear died with his head up on the stump like that!
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