When I first recieved a driver's license at 16, a neighbor in is 80 s would have me drive him and my buddy groundhog hunting almost every day in the summer for several years. The old gentleman's deer rifle was a 141 in .35. He claimed to have killed 80 some deer with it. He belonged to a camp that was mostly drinkers and card players according to him. He would spend 2 wks filling tags. The day before buck season the camp held a shooting contest at 200 yds. This old fellow had some very accurate custom 22 250s but the only group he carried in his wallet was 5 shots in a 1.5 group shot over a stump with the 35. He also killed several bears with it.What you carry ? And why ?
Did it kill the deer? I wouldn't think there would be enough pressure to send a 30 caliber bullet down a 35 caliber bore at a decent velocity. But, strange things can happen.I own a 30-30 336 Marlin and Remington 141 in .35 Rem.
I caught a couple of drunk poachers one night that shot a deer with a 30-30 round in their Marlin .35 Remington rifle.I was surprised when they refused to exit their vehicle. They were surprised when I told them if they didn't get out on their own I would drag them out through the window. When we got it all hashed out it was obvious they didn't want to get out because they were so drunk they could hardly talk and couldn't stand up without assistance.
I was surprised they hit the deer but they did. They were surprised they couldn't get the spent round to eject from the rifle.
I finally got the spent 30-30 casing out of their .35 Remington by using a screw driver to pry it out.
The good old days!
Of course everyone knows the answer is to shoot thru the animal and dump a bunch of energy in the tree behind it. I had a friend who constantly complained about double lunging deer and then having to track them for several hundred yards, or hearing a shot and finding someone standing over the deer he shot that they walked up to and shot thru it's neck at 2yds and claim the deer. Loaned him and his dad a .223 , they both shot deer that year that fell in 1 jump or less, energy all dumped in the deer. Nothing wrong with a larger gun but it is not needed. Little more range time will cure lots of deer shooting woes, regardless of the cartridge used. Zero your rifle than get off the bench and practice some real life shots.When I started hunting,my brother,father and I all used .35 rems.I lost track of the number of deer shot with that caliber.I always was and still remain unimpressed.Lethargic at best.I fail to see what's impressive about a 200gr bullet traveling less than 2000 fps.The only deer I ever saw drop were from neck shots and high shoulder shots that took out the spine.The majority never exited unless shot through the ribs and the exit hole was never impressive.That caliber turned mwe into a better tracker.When we started using 30-06's and .308's I was amazed that a lung shot would more often than not anchor a deer where it stood.