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I thought I was out of pictures, but decided to take one more of a new family. This is a .35 Family. All these cartridges are .358 Caliber. The .35s have never been really popular here, but I really like them personally (can you tell?...lol) I've hunted with all but one of these and taken game with every one I've hunted with.

Can you tell us all the family members shown here? :confused:
 

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Comparing the 356 and 358

Having used them is there a practical difference between these to? I figure it is basically the rifle that changes Marlin 336 in 356 to Browning BLR in 358. I have seen some bolt actions in 358 namely Ruger M77s but I always think of the 358 in either the Browning or the Savage 99.

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Having used them is there a practical difference between these to? I figure it is basically the rifle that changes Marlin 336 in 356 to Browning BLR in 358. I have seen some bolt actions in 358 namely Ruger M77s but I always think of the 358 in either the Browning or the Savage 99.

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Honestly, I see no difference between the .356 & .358. I actually bought a .356 (336ER) NIB when they first came out and it has turned out to be a very good investment as so few were made. I bought the BLR (steel receiver) later on and really like it as well. I do notice a difference in performance with the .35W and .350RM tho. They are pretty much ballistic twins (like the .356 & .358) but of all the cartridges I've used to kill deer (over 20) these two really hammer deer, with lots of deer shot and no tracking required ever for me.

I recently also picked up a M77 in .358 and it's a really nice rifle too. Took a hog with it in Georgia this past January, about 150 pounds and DIT at 125 yds. My BLR has a 1-4 scope and M77 has a 2-7 scope.
 

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I aways wanted a BLR in 308Win

I always was going to buy one of the steel receiver BLRs in 308. I was concerned that the 358 would be a big kicker. The other concern I had was the small trigger guard and lever with fairly thick/warm gloves.

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My BLR in .358 is one of my favorite rifles in my entire collection. Over all length, weight and balance are all great for me. The lever is not large, but with light gloves works without a problem for me. For the record, I normally wear two different weight gloves in cold weather, especially on stand. I wear a lighter glove on my shooting hand, making it easier to work the hammer on levers and the safety on other rifles. I just keep a hand warmer close by in really cold weather.

I don't find the .358 to be a big kicker, being based on the .308 case as it is. Using typical factory 200gr loads @ 2500 FPS it kicks about like a typical .308/180gr. My .338 Fed is also about the same and I feel no difference when shooting it back to back with an '06 in like rifles. The .338F gives 2650 with 200gr and I cannot tell the difference on my shoulder to a 30/06 with 180gr loads. I don't know that Browning would ever offer the BLR in .338F, already having the .358W, but I think I'd prefer it if shooting factory ammo.
 
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