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.25-35 Winchester
Type Rifle
Place of origin USA
Production history
Designer Winchester
Designed 1895
Manufacturer Winchester
Variants .25-35 Ackley Improved, 6.5x52R
Parent case .30-30 Winchester
Bullet diameter .258 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter .282 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Shoulder diameter .365 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .422 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim diameter .506 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rim thickness .063 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length 2.043 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Overall length 2.55 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Rifling twist 1 in 8 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer type Large Rifle
Maximum pressure 44,000 psi (Bad rounding hereScript error MPa)
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
60 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) JFP3,026 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)1,220 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
75 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) JFP2,815 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)1,320 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
90 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) LFP1,513 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)458 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
117 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) RN2,357 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)1,444 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
Test barrel length: 24"
Source(s): Hodgdon [1]

The .25-35 Winchester, or WCF (Winchester Center Fire) was introduced in 1895 by Winchester for the Winchester Model 1894 lever action rifle. The case was based on the .30-30 cartridge.


While significantly more powerful than the .25-20 Winchester, the .25-35 WCF can be used to hunt small deer at 200 yards and medium sized deer at 100 yards, though some consider it better suited to small predators such as coyotes instead. It was a popular round used in the Winchester Model 1885 High Wall single shot rifle. No production rifles had been made in .25-35 WCF since the 1940s until 2005 when Winchester resumed chambering their Model 94 rifles in this cartridge. Winchester ammunition has kept the cartridge in production in the U.S.A.


The 6.5x52R is a European cartridge that is a close variant of the .25-35 Winchester. It should not be considered identical to the .25-35 Winchester and is not treated as such by the Commission Internationale Permanente pour l'Epreuve des Armes à Feu Portatives (CIP), which has released separate specifications for each cartridge. The 6.5x52R has its origins in Germany and was introduced by RWS and is chambered in many drilling and single shot rifles. Any interchangeability between the two cartridges is solely dependent on individual chamber tolerances and should not be assumed.

See alsoEdit


  1. ".25-35 Win data" from Hodgdon

External linksEdit

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