Outdoor Skills – Hunting Q&A

I have a 1939 Carcano rifle manufactured by Beretta in 7.35mm. My 12-year-old son is starting to hunt and I thought this would make a good first gun. It's light and short and the stock fits him perfectly. Do you know where I can find ammunition or reloading supplies for this caliber? I have some original ammo manufactured in Italy in 1941 and the brass appears to be in good shape. Do you think this rifle would be adequate for deer-sized game? Could it be loaded hot enough to kill elk out to 150

Nobody makes ammo or reloading components for the 7.35mm any more. While you can reform brass from a couple of other calibers, nobody makes bullet, and they’re a real odd size, about .300″ in diameter, rather than the .308″ of normal .30-caliber bullets. Hornady used to make a 128-grain bullet that did OK on deer, and you might find a box or two at a gun show or through a rare ammo dealer. Or you might be able to swage down 125-130 grain .308″ diameter bullets with special dies. But it really isn’t worth the trouble. Buy your boy a light, short 7mm-08 Remington (as made by almost every American manufacturer) and he’ll have a much better deer and elk rifle than the 7.35mm. Ammo’s easily available, and you probably won’t spend any more money than you would on specialized reloading equipment for your 7.35mm.