The .25-35 Winchester, or WCF (Winchester Center Fire) was introduced in 1895 by Winchester for the Winchester Model 1894. Together with the .30-30, it was one of the earliest smokeless cartridges designed in North America for a sporting rifle. Savage adopted it for its Savage Model 99 lever-action rifles. The case was based on the .30-30 cartridge.
The standard .25-35 load is about three times as powerful in muzzle energy as the .25-20 Winchester, a cartridge of similar bore size earlier introduced by Winchester.
The .25-35 was valued for its speed, trajectory, and lower recoil. It was a popular round in the Winchester Model 1885 High Wall single-shot rifle. In the U.S. Winchester stopped general production of .25-35 rifles in 1955, but keeps producing ammunition. Hornady Ammunition produces a LEVERevolution .25-35 110-grain load with a MV of 2435 fps and a ME of 1436 fpe