What’s Going On With .350 Legend?

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I’ve been asked a lot about the new .350 Legend cartridge, the round that’s set to take on the .450 Bushmaster in the straight-wall legal midwest woods. The .350 Legend has a number of great advantages, and it’s gotten a very positive reception. But there are questions about the cartridge that need to be looked at despite the positive forecast.

To recount the full story of the .350 Legend and what exactly it does would take too long for the purposes of this article. Instead, here’s a brief summary . . .

States like Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and others in the Midwest have laws allowing the use of straight-walled rifle cases in shotgun-only deer areas. These areas are vast and the straight-walled cases quickly overtook traditional options. The .450 Bushmaster has become the dominant cartridge in many of these areas and could easily be called the Midwest’s favorite deer round.

The .450 Bushmaster is a large, powerful round that isn’t cheap. There’s really no way to make it cost-effective in volume due to the fact that there is just so much raw material that goes into each round.

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Winchester saw this and developed a new round offering a low recoil, low cost, straight-walled case that fit into the laws and guns of the area dominated by .450 BM. The result was the .350 Legend.

The benefits of .350 Legend are that it is indeed inexpensive and produces lower recoil. That means smaller or young hunters will be offered the same benefits from modern rifles as hunters shooting the more powerful .450 BM.

The effective range of .350 Legend is somewhat shorter than .450 Bushmaster, but for all intents and purposes they are both at their best at around 100 yards or closer.

Diameter Discrepancies

The first major issue with the .350 Legend is that it has a fairly wild set of specs and some confusing potential legal ramifications. I talked to two of the leading authorities in their respective fields about the round, Hornady and Precision Rifle Company.

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PRC was the first company to receive and use a specially made Manson reamer in .350 Legend. This precision reamer was in their hands before anyone else in the industry and they were able to begin mapping the potential of the cartridge.

As a result of this time and effort with the .350 Manson reamer, they developed a great deal of knowledge about the round before it hit the market earlier this year. Their .350 rifle shoots 1/2 MOA all day long. The masters at PRC spent an afternoon with me detailing the problems they see with the .350 Legend as it exists right now.

The PRC rifles use a .355 bore, which means 9mm bullets. Why not .357 or .358, which are more common to existing .35 caliber rifle rounds?

Not even Hornady knows the answer to that. I spoke to Hornady’s Neal Emery and this is what he had to say:

I’m sure they have their reasons, but it’s baffling as to why they didn’t spec the Legend with .357 or .358 caliber bullets with so many more options that would work better at those velocities.

Hornady decided to go with a .355 bullet for their new American Whitetail 170gr Interlock. Winchester lists .357 as their diameter. So what’s right here?

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SAAMI says that the Legend can have bullets ranging from .354 to .357. But PRC tells me .357 bullets won’t chamber in the match-accurate X-Caliber .355 barrels. It therefore has a maximum bullet diameter of .356 and not the more common .357. Bullets for the .358 Winchester won’t work, which is disappointing considering that there is a well-established market for these bullets.

We reached out to Winchester to ask about these potential problems. A Winchester representative had this to say about the .350 Legend:

In regards to 350 Legend bullets, please refer to the attached SAAMI drawing (PDF) attached SAAMI drawing. Common among all modern centerfire projectiles, 350 Legend’s SAAMI bullet diameter includes a tolerance to allow for slight variations in manufacturing. The 350 Legend SAAMI bullet diameter is specified at .357”-.003”. Similar bullet tolerances also exist for 357 Magnum and 357 Maximum.

The 350 Legend also uses the same .346” bore and .355” groove dimensions as 357 Mag and 357 Max. Therefore, bullets exit the muzzle at approximately .355” when fired from any of those three cartridges.

Additionally, some reloaders have asked if they can reload 350 Legend using various component bullets that are already on the market. Reloaders could probably find existing bullets that will work, but they will not be ideal for the 350 Legend cartridge. Many of the existing bullets on the market were designed for terminal expansion at lower velocities, and therefore will not perform properly on game animals at the higher velocities of 350 Legend. Additionally, many existing bullets lack the correct ogive to be seated at a length that will chamber reliably in the 350 Legend. A similar example exists with 30 caliber rifle bullets; there is not a single 30 Caliber bullet that can be loaded perfectly across all 30 caliber cartridges. We don’t use the same bullets for 30-30 Win and .308 Win and 7.62x39mm. When Winchester designed 350 Legend, we engineered all of the bullets from scratch to be optimized for the new cartridge. We are also beginning to deliver those bullets as components.

There are a few problems with this answer. The first being that the .350 Legend is a rifle cartridge and the issue of diameter and chamber pressure. The .350 Legend is not a pistol cartridge, despite being quite similar to one in a number of ways.

A .003″ variation is not small. As far as the .30 caliber comparison, there is a wide range of .30 caliber rifles, and European .30’s are larger than American .30’s. A .312 bullet won’t even fit in the case mouth of a .308 cartridge or bore without significant pressure increase that could result in damage to the gun. The 7.62×39 uses a bullet diameter of .311, which can also be used in .303 British and 7.62x54R, but not in any .30-06, .308 Win, or 300 BLK.

As far as the ‘exiting bullets’, that must refer to .357 handgun bullets, which would in fact be designed for velocities slower than the .350 Legend can generate. .358 bullets would certainly be suitable for these velocities, as they are made for full-power rifle rounds.

In my opinion, the .350 Legend is robbed by limiting reloaders with proprietary bullets. The .450 Bushmaster can use any .452 bullet out there, rounded, flat point, cast lead, or tipped with no issues.

I’ve written a number of articles on that cartridge and know just how it works with anything from swaged down .458″ .45-70 bullets in the 400 grain range to cheap plated lead subsonics for range fun. The .355″ rifle bullet is a relatively rare thing and I don’t know that it will ever gain enough popularity to become one in any serious way.

The .358 option would have been a huge benefit for everyone and I can’t think of a reason it wasn’t made to work except to corner a new market.

Bullets I pulled from Winchester FMJ white box ammo varied greatly in diameter. I had bullets ranging from .349 to .353, but nothing as high as .355. This is troubling for a variety of reasons and not just as far as accuracy is concerned. There is a basis for potential legal concern.

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Ohio lists a minimum caliber of .357 for their straight walled cases, but the .350 Legend is not necessarily a .357. A case could be made that the .350 is not legal as a result.

Would Hornady loads be illegal at .355 and Winchester legal at .357? I’m no legal expert, but I know that there is enough difference between the .38 SPL and .357 Mag in Michigan to make one legal and the other not. The .38 SPL case is only .005 short for deer. In a game where a we measure to the third decimal, I worry that the .350 Legend should have gone to .358 to ensure it is never called into question.

Guns and Gear

There are not many options out there yet for the .350 Legend as I write this. There’s a Ruger American Rifle sitting in my safe right now and it’s one of the first factory options made for the caliber. There are a few other rifles available, but many are wanting in quality unless you go the custom route and talk to PRC.

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Leupold has jumped on the train and makes a scope specific to the .350 Legend. This is great glass and it has a BDC rated for the cartridge. Look forward to a review of this scope and a full review of the Ruger American Rifle in .350 Legend as we get closer to summer ending and the start of hunting season.

As I type this article, there are five companies I know of that are either working on or in the process of introducing rifles chambered in the .350. There are also several that are making or preparing to make ammo for it. These are both large and small companies, so there will be plentiful variety.

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I have heard of a number of reliability issues already coming to surface with the .350, especially in an AR rifle. The case geometry requires a new magazine, despite the fact that it uses a regular .223 bolt. PMAGs won’t work and I have tested them to prove it.

Should You Invest?

I see no reason why a person would be at a disadvantage with a .350 Legend rifle in .450 Bushmaster territory. Cost and recoil are two significant factors, and since the two rounds have the same general effective range, a new hunter or someone smaller in stature would do well to take a serious look at it.

Just as with the .450, there will be some bugs to work out before the round becomes totally viable. I haven’t seen a great amount of press covering it yet and, aside from my own articles, there doesn’t seem to be a great amount of enthusiasm for the idea so far.

I think that the greatest fault of this cartridge was the choice to go with a .355-357 bullet instead of a .358, but that’s just me. Time will tell if this minor thing becomes an actual Achilles’ Heel.

 

comments

  1. avatar Texheim says:

    I thought about going 350 legend for my next build but went 458 Socom instead.

  2. avatar Mr Furious says:

    Anything short of a 50 BMG is legal in Indiana now. This round is the nichiest of all the niche cartridges.

    1. avatar Someone says:

      Is everything up to a 50 BMG also legal to hunt deer with in Indiana?

  3. I have one of the first/early KAK 18″ barrels. it seems to measure 357 as the Spec says.
    I also have a reamer made to spec [ JGS ] and it is as you described the same as the 357/357 MAX. BUT, if you pull a bullet on the 147gr FMJ’s , they do measure .354XX. The std SAMI reamer will not allow 358 bullets to chamber easily, but my 180 gr FP TournamentMasters [ 357] do. Haven’t had time to load and shoot them yet but expect great in a bolt gun, not sure of the feeding in my AR as yet. The 350 Reamer/358 [ from Pacific as I recall ] is as expected just enough bigger in the throat to allow the 358 bullets to chamber easily. JES has rebored a few bolt guns so far, 1 with the Shooter provided 358 reamer, the others with SAMI 357 reamer on a cut riffled 358 bore. Initial reports are great from the Shooters. I suspect those who jumped the gun, got some ammo and made their bore and reamer to match instead of waiting for the Specs to be official. A gamble that is now making it more confusing and now those barrels maybe the odd one out. One thing that has been over looked is , where did that odd base cartridge come from? We’ll it appears the 350 is actually a lengthened 9MM Winchester Magnum. Whyat

  4. avatar TommyG says:

    The 350 Legend looks like a loser to me. I don’t see cartridge cost as a problem for hunting. Usually you are using 1 shot to get your game. I tend to use more rounds sighting in (which is a one time thing). I’d assumed it was a .358. We already got the 450 Bushmaster and 458 Socom if you want to use your AR lower to hunt.

    1. avatar clint s says:

      I would typically agree that a firearm used for hunting purposes may not see 100 shots in its lifetime, but the fact that this round (like the 450BM) was made to fit sporting rifles opens up a significantly larger group of customers. For the sporting rifle community, “per round” expense is the biggest driving factor.

      That then begs the question whether or not this round will be as popular as many of the other sporting rifle calibers since its development has been primarily targeting hunters. One question, last time I checked, states like ohio still have the 2+1 mag limitation, are we seeing this equipment being sold alongside the weapons?

  5. avatar Ahil925 says:

    The last cartridge I got excited for was .327 Federal and that never really took off. Never saw rounds priced at what I would consider “range” ammo prices and I don’t reload. Thus I never took the plunge. I liked the idea of a svelte 5 shot or “normal” sized 7 shot revolver but not enough to pay a premium on ammo.

    With regards to .350L, I don’t live in the Midwest, already have a 7.62×39, .308 Winchester, and a 5.56 rifle. I have no reason to get excited for it.

    1. avatar ChoseDeath says:

      Excellent points, but I did get on the .327 Federal Magnum train and liked it so much I bought another one. BADASS cartridge. Does what the .357 magnum does but with less recoil and extra rounds. Fucking loud though, lol.

      1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

        I like the .327, but the comparisons to .357 only work with the lighter factory loads. Full power non +p .357 loads will get 750-800ft/lbs at the muzzle of a 6″ revolver. Only problem is none of the big factory ammo makers make a full power .357 load. But look closely and you’ll notice that none of those Buffalo Bore, Double Tap, etc. .357 loads are +p. Nothing against the .327 but the .357 is more badass than most people think.

        1. avatar LazrBeam says:

          It’s also more badass on hands and wrists, too. I’ll keep my .327 Fed Mags, thank you very much.

        2. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

          Well yes, you can’t get around the laws of physics. Full bore .357 isn’t much fun if you don’t have at least 2 pounds of carbon or stainless steel to soak up the recoil. The .327 makes more sense in a lightweight snubby.

        3. avatar clints says:

          If a round is already a ‘magnum’, I’m not sure that +p is a thing (seems a little redundant). The next hottest round would be the 357 maximum. Though I will agree, the 357mag will do pretty much anything you want it to do.

  6. avatar Knute(ken) says:

    I cannot see any other reason for the strange bore diameter, other than for Winchester to keep it a proprietary round. If only they make a proper bullet, then all sales will be theirs. At least, until someone else invests in the tooling to produce similar bullets. Which likely no one will do until it becomes a big hit. Which isn’t likely to happen, due to the nature of proprietary products. With availability from only one source, no matter how good an idea might be, it always suffers from the limited sourcing.
    Like Weatherby magnum rounds. They are the kings of velocity, but the availability (and the high price that goes along with the limited availability) makes them a niche market. Exactly as the .300 Whisper was for JD Jones. Until AAC put SAAMI specs on it and created the .300 BLK. Now it’s popular, once the limited availability went away.

    1. avatar Mike says:

      At the risk of appearing a fan boy, which I am not, I will attempt to explain the 350 Legend as I understand it.

      #1 Legal for deer hunting in all straight walled states
      #2 Low recoil
      #3 Economical as compared to current offerings
      #4 Effective on White Tail up to 250 yrds
      #5 Easy for anyone to become proficient with due to platform dimensions and low recoil.

      The 350 Legend was designed to make the cut anywhere in the US for 250 yd Deer hunting. It has been proven to work very well on large deer. Over 30 bucks, (all large), were hunted and killed all with a single shot by a group testing this cartridge using the Winchester rifle. (YouTube Deer Cast) Ranges from 30 to 240 some yrds were reported. Most, including the 240 yrd kill, dropped right there and the one ones that ran maxed at about 80 yrds. This was using Winchester ammo. Hogs out to 250 are also dropped easily as seen on YouTube as well. The low sectional density does not seem to be a real world issue as long as you don’t try to shoot stem to stern, which is a piss poor shot anyhow. (IMO) Like the 30-30, most wounding is due to not getting both lungs and/or the heart.

      Ruger, Savage and Winchester all make rifles starting from the Savage Axis at $349 with a Weaver scope mounted and bore sighted. These are all available today in stores. Barrel lengths are available in 16, 18 and 22 inches and in youth stocks.

      AR uppers not included in this post because I don’t have an AR so have not done any research. But they are certainly available.

      The rifled slug guns were going for over $600 earlier this year. Ammo was three times the price of the 350 and the recoil much greater. The slug gun is quite a bit longer. I see no reason why anyone today would buy a dedicated slug rifle for deer hunting over this platform, which is most likely why Dunham’s has them on clearance now for $400 and change.

      As for ammunition availability:
      *Hornady is already making the proven Interlock bullet in 355 175gr for the 350 Legend.
      *Starline has 350 Legend brass and Hornady bullets are available for re-loaders today at Midway USA.
      *Winchester Power Points 150gr and 180gr bullets for reloaders are currently on BO at Midway but are on the market.
      *Federal produces 180gr hunting ammo for the 350 Legend.
      *Dick’s has 4 types of ammo from available today, Sept 25 2019.
      *Reloading dies are available for purchase today.

      Most people who post nonsense about using the 45-70, 375 Winchester, and bottle-neck or other established cartridge don’t realize that these rounds are not legal in all of these straight walled areas. Read this as “If you get caught your backside is going to become Bubba’s playground.” No thanks.

      My 45 Colt is sweet but for me a 80yr brush gun. Almost every ‘alternate’ established cartridge fails to check at least one of the boxes this round rifle was designed to fill. In this way it is in my estimation unique.

      This is is not a solution looking for a problem, it is a modern and well thought out answer to current legislation in straight walled states for the white tail hunter. Wish in one hand and bitch with the other but your still left dealing with reality.

      I have read that about 90% of all hunting in the US is white tail deer and most are taken within 100 yards. But I don’t know if either of this is true. No matter, a dedicated 250 yrd Deer/Hog gun is not in any way crazy.

      As a note I used a 450 Bushmaster to down a coyote and doe on the anterless hunt a few days ago. I have it sighted in for 0 at 175 yrds and this makes it close to a center vital hold from 0 to 225 yrds using my loads. I am slaying quart orange juice jugs at 225 yrds. For myself the 450 BM is a game changer. Although muzzle-loaders can get this kind of performance I personally prefer a bolt action rifle.

      I hope this helps someone trying to understand why Winchester made this round and I would be willing to bet the 350 Legend isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. More states may adopt the straight walled laws making it more viable over a larger swath. At least several major manufacturers seem to believe in this project as demonstrated on how rapidly they have jumped on the band wagon and committed resources to producing ammo, rifles, barrels and other equipment.

      1. avatar 1168 says:

        The appeal for it is obvious, to me. I’m especially interested in subsonic use, because if you limit velocity to ~1,000fps, the best way to improve terminal performance is to increase diameter and weight. Additonally, there is no risk of accidental chambering in a 5.56 chamber like .300 Whisper. In fact, I was quite excited about it when it was first announced. However, I think Winchester made some critical errors in diameter and twist that will cause it to be a commercial failure.

  7. avatar Nate in CA says:

    I want to like this round, but it only makes sense if I can use inexpensive 357 bullets – there aren’t any cheap 355 rifle appropriate projectiles other than 147 grain options. Why am I getting the feeling this was a committee designed project?
    For no good reason I blame the millennials for this!

    1. Possible 🙂
      If Winchester would have had ammo available [ all bullet weights] when they announced it and released the specs, we would all be better off. In the end the 350 HITS HARD, much harder than the ballistics account for. It a winner in my opinion, a updated 351 in a lighter , handier carbine. Those 145 FMJ’s flatten out and makes quite a hole and dump alot of energy fast.
      The 357 AR crowd can attest to how well the cartridge works.

      1. avatar Nate in CA says:

        I think it’ll have some growing pains in an AR platform, but I could talk myself into a Ruger American Ranch rifle in .350 Legend.

  8. avatar billy-bob says:

    Meh.

  9. avatar Mark H says:

    Cartridges designed to meet specific weird hunting laws for 3 states are extreem niche cartridges. The rest of us hunt deer with normal cartridges.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Mark H.,

      So, when your 10 year-old, 90-pound child wants to hunt for deer, do you set him/her up with your .30-06 Springfield rifle?

      Young hunters stand to benefit greatly from a lighter-weight rifle with substantially less recoil than “normal” rifle platforms. This platform fits the bill.

      Note:
      In order to have recoil levels that my child could handle, I started with a muzzleloader and 35 grains of powder which limited range to about 30 yards. As my child gained size and weight, I moved up to a rifle chambered in .44 Magnum shooting medium loads which limited range to about 100 yards. Some day, I may be able to move up to full-power loads in .44 Magnum (for a maximum range of about 150 yards) and then to .243 Winchester (for a maximum range of about 300 yards).

      Meanwhile, this new .350 Legend cartridge may be a single choice that works for small children all the way up to adults, especially children and adults of the female variety.

      1. avatar Hank says:

        Or just go with 30-30.

        1. avatar Andrew Lias says:

          Or .357 Magnum in a carbine, or .243 Winchester.

        2. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

          .243 for the win.

        3. avatar 1168 says:

          Or 6.5 Grendel if you desire AR compatibility. Or 5.56, which also works. Or any number of modestly recoiling cartridges.

      2. avatar Mark H says:

        I’d give the chid a .243 or maybe a .357 Lever gun honestly. Maybe a 6.5×55 Sweed if I had one with a short enough stock.

        1. avatar Mike says:

          In ‘straightwall’ zones the bottlenecks are out. In other words not in the running. Here is where the 450BM and 350L make good sense. A lever 44 mag or 45 Colt is nice but the 450 and 350 easily double the range. Ammo is about 1/2 that of using a slug rifle like the 220 or 212. Recoil out of a Ruger American is not bad.

      3. 6.8 in my AR. The stock is adjustable so any it fits any stature shooter.

  10. avatar john says:

    “The PRC rifles use a .355 bore, which means 9mm bullets. Why not .357 or .358, which are more common to existing .35 caliber rifle rounds?”

    GREED

  11. avatar El Duderino says:

    Reminds me of the airgunner issue (which is essentially identical). Most foreign made big bore airguns are for 9mm bullets (.355) instead of .357. No one really makes a non-jacketed 9mm heavy SWC or SWCHP, which are the best choices for these guns. There are American companies making .357 guns, but they tend to be much more expensive.

    I see the Ruger .350 Legend rifles in the local stores and shrug. No one is buying them here in the Pacific NW where we’re not case-dimension restricted. Some, like me, have a .450 because it’s a great way to get .45/70-ish performance from an inexpensive and lightweight bolt action gun.

  12. avatar Nate in CA says:

    Since this is very clearly a 9mm vs .45 debate, the only clear and correct answer would be to design a 10x43mm cartridge.

    1. avatar Mantitude says:

      This comment deserves a like, regardless of whether or not there is such a system in place here.

  13. avatar Mad Cow says:

    The Iowa DNR recently made a couple rulings specifically on this cartridge. Basically, they’re OK if the box says .357 (the legal minimum) even if the bullet diameters are smaller (like .355). If Hornady lists .355 on their box, it’s not legal in Iowa. There was a bill trying to clarify all of this that died during funnel week in the Senate…

    I was excited about 350 Legend because I could use it with my suppressor on a modern platform. I hope the kinks get worked out, but I think I’m going to forego building an upper this year. It’s not worth it just to try and get in on one of the 2 crazy weeks that Iowa gives you to hunt with them… Better make sure my muzzle loader is sighted in.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Hmm… what if it says ‘.350’?

      This could sink the cartridge fast if it gets banned on a technicality from a couple of these states. Might be a great opportunity for someone else to come out with a .358 based cartridge.

  14. avatar Ogre says:

    In my view, an adequate straight-wall cartridge has existed for a long time: the .38-55 Winchester. This round has lots of rifles to shoot it in, lots of options for handloading (not to mention factory ammo), and can be loaded up or down, depending on the needs of the shooter, to match or upstage this new round. There is no need for this proprietary .350 cartridge, except that the inventor didn’t have enough to do and got it latched onto by commercial companies.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Ogre,

      Ah, but there is a slight problem with .38-55 Winchester: the case is 2.085 inches long which exceeds the maximum allowable case length of 1.800 inches in states that restrict rifle cartridges.

      I see two more problems with .38-55 Winchester:
      (1) I have never seen ammunition on the shelf at any store.
      (2) I have never seen a .38-55 Win. rifle for sale at any store.

      1. avatar Nate in CA says:

        …and I have never seen a .38-55 chambered AR upper either.

      2. avatar Ogre says:

        I suppose you have to get into the cowboy action suppliers to find rifles and ammo for the .38-55 – Taylor’s and Cimarron both have lever rifles and single-shots in that caliber, and I’ve seen ammo on the shelves of a few LGS & at the local gun show – one just has to look for it. It can be mail-ordered, too. Not having AR uppers chambered in .38-55 might be a problem for some – plus the fact that it’s a rimmed cartridge, which might complicate its use in an AR magazine. But I think that the people who use .38-55s (and its contemporaries) walk a more traditional path with regard to hunting. If cartridge length is a problem (due to regulations), one might try a lever rifle or a single-shot in .44-40 or .45 Colt – with the right bullets (such as Hornady’s LeverRevolution), they’d be fine for deer out to 150 yards or so. IMHO, there is no need for a sub-nuclear magnum to hunt whitetail deer. Bears? Maybe.

  15. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

    This cartridge is just weird. Go to Chuck Hawks to get more information on it. They claims it’s more powerful than a 30-30 which is a fib. The AR focus at TTAG grows more and more tiresome.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      At best it’s comparable to the older .30-30 loads. Factor in modern flex tip bullets and even some of the more modern flat point bullets (Federal Fusion, e.g.) and the .30-30 is clearly a better option, other than from a legal standpoint.

  16. avatar Cloudbuster says:

    There are so many legal straight-walled choices in Ohio, I just don’t see the point. The straight-wall limitation only applies during deer season. Whitetail deer aren’t monsters. People have been killing them just fine with muzzleloaders and shotgun slugs for decades, and now Ohioans have access to Carbine’s in .357 magnum, .44 magnum, .45-70 and many other choices. The deer are dying just fine.

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      The problem with muzzleloaders is that a lot of people do not want to deal with them. And the problem with shotguns is that they kick like a mule so a lot of people do not want to deal with them.

      Given that hunting enthusiasm and participation has been steadily dwindling for the past 40 years, any change that can help reverse that trend is a welcome change. And light-weight rifles shooting modest bullet weights at modest velocities is such a welcome change because they eliminate the “hassle” of muzzleloaders and greatly reduce recoil compared to shotguns.

      1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

        It’s like you read half of my post. There are a vast number of choices in easy-to-shoot straight-walled cartridges legal in Ohio.

        The one thing this cartridge isn’t going to be good for is newcomers. It requires them to buy a hard-to-find gun in a hard-to-find caliber.

        Or they could just buy a .357 magnum or .44 magnum rifle and be done with it.

  17. avatar SilencerScott says:

    So how did the new SilencerCo XXXXXXX sound?

    1. avatar Aggie93 says:

      Most interesting part of the article that most missed I bet lol (not that the rest wasn’t interesting, I just have a passing morbid curiosity for the 350 legend)

      1. avatar SilencerScott says:

        I see it is blurred out now! Reveal and write up should be soon!

  18. avatar Hank says:

    I say work to change the stupid laws. These laws were clearly written for supporting gun control by harming easily obtained rifles. There’s zero facts to back up the “population density” bullshit that was the piss poor logic in these laws.

    1. avatar tsg says:

      Thank you Hank for asking the real question. If the area is unsafe because of potential damage/injury to population or livestock, then state so and prohibit the use of firearms. Or at least recognize the mitigation of damage by shot vs solid projectile, but to have a difference between necked-down and straight-walled, its just legislation for most likely the sake of political gain that doesn’t support, serve, or protect the general population.
      Read down the thread and see I’ve asked a similar question.

  19. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    “The .358 option would have been a huge benefit for everyone and I can’t think of a reason it wasn’t made to work except to corner a new market.”

    This is the quote that’s relevant. It’s utter BS that they didn’t chamber it where you could use .35 Remington bullets or cast .357 mag bullets for plinking.

    My interest went away, I have an AR pistol in .450 Bushmaster that will certainly not go to this caliber. That said I kind of enjoy saying I have a “poor man’s 460 S&W” too.

    1. avatar Andrew Lias says:

      Oh and people will just run the bullets in .357 they want to use through a .356 die. Just like they do with 450 Bushmaster.

  20. avatar Richard Taylor says:

    This is a cartridge designed to sell new rifles and for no other reason. For me the fact that it headspaces on the mouth of the case is reason enough to reject it. It is obviously intended for AR type platforms. If that wasn’t the case they would have used a rimmed case which would have provided positive headspacing.

    1. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

      Just curious, what cartridge wasn’t designed to sell new rifles?

      1. avatar Ronald Johnson says:

        lol true for sure

  21. avatar Gov. William J Le Petomane says:

    I’d like to see a cartridge that splits the difference between .450 Bushmaster and .350 Legend, in the .40-.41 range. What I’d really like to see is a .41 Maximum with a half inch longer case over the magnum, which would qualify under the straight wall cartridge laws and would probably sell pretty well everywhere else in a slick lever gun.

  22. avatar GS650G says:

    I’ve taken deer with a. 44 mag pistol and a 12 ga shotgun. Both are effective. Killing deer isn’t rocket science requiring a special new bullet.

  23. avatar Perry says:

    I recently fired a .45-70 at the local range. (I meet the nicest, most polite people ever – at the range.) Oy!, what a cartridge! Sometimes, the best ideas happened 150 years ago and were then improved by smokeless powder.

    Doing the math, .35/.45-squared is 60%. That’s not nearly enough lead.

  24. avatar Brian says:

    I live in Iowa and will not be buying into the 350 legend. They made a few mistakes with this. Needs to be .358/.357”, needs to be rimmed (small one), and the sweet spot is going to be 180-200 grains (practice ammo needs to be this weight, not 145).

    Start over, fix the above problems, call it the 357 Legend, and I’ll take a Ruger American with a 20” mid to heavy barrel with go wild camo.

    1. avatar Rick James says:

      I full heartedly agree with fixing the dimensions. Thanks to your comment (before I bought one) I called down to the main IDNR office and the nice lady that answered said that it is now a LEGAL cartridge. this is as of 10-24-19

  25. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    I will also say that I would rather have a rimless .357 magnum so I can get my revolver converted for moon clips or use an R8 and have a modern take on a cowboy carbine/revolver setup. Maybe we’ll see a stretch frame .350 Legend out of this but I doubt it.

    1. avatar Cloudbuster says:

      .38 super and .30 carbine are rimless cartridges that bracket the high and low power ranges of .357 magnum. Why yet another carrtidge?

      1. I think the 357 comparison is getting carried away, the 360 Legend is hotter than the hottest 357 MAX. the 145 FMJ out of a 18″ barrel is a true 2300 fps.

  26. I hunt with a 50 cal. in-line muzzleloader. There is not an animal in the North American continent that I can’t kill. I can tweak my powder loads to fit the occasion, and it will reach out to 200 yards. I have been hunting for 68 years, and have shot everything from deer to moose, and have never had to shoot over 130 yards. I only did that to see if I could do it. I’m a hunter not a sniper. I work to get inside 100 yards for the kill. I don’t need a 350 Legend or a wannabe AR style rifle. With my muzzleloader it is one shot one kill.

    1. avatar billy.hill says:

      Do you want a medal or something boomer? What if I told you I hunt deer with a custom made smokeless muzzleloader shooting .452 bullets over 3000 FPS and regularly shoot deer at over 400 yards… *mind blown*

      1. avatar J Honyoust says:

        No I don’t need a medal, my point was that I don’t have to buy a new rifle everytime one comes out. Nor do I have to try and impress someone with a $ 3000.00 smokeless powder muzzleloader that shoots 400 yards. If you knew how to hunt you wouldn’t have to shoot 400 yards or waste all that money on a rifle that you can’t hunt in all the states.

        1. avatar Rick James says:

          What is your address? I would like to mail your cookie. Im really surprised you dont just stalk down the animal and beat it to death with a club.

    2. avatar Ronald Johnson says:

      looks like this guy doesn’t like boomers and earlier. Sad for him. He lost the whole concept of hunting

  27. avatar Adambomb286 says:

    When this was announced I thought it was pretty cool because I thought it would use commonly available components. I guess not so much. I always thought those laws were strange, in WV we can hunt deer with pretty much anything that isn’t rimfire or shot.

  28. avatar skoon says:

    What does this do that a 20 gauge rifles slug gun cant?

    1. avatar Gary says:

      Shoot flatter and farther with less recoil.

      1. avatar Rick James says:

        *accurately. I have hunted 20 years with a 20 gauge.

  29. avatar turkey_freek says:

    There is much to like and dislike about this round. I live in Michigan and have 6 kids 14 and under whom I plan to introduce to deer hunting. Recoil was my main reason for purchasing an upper. My oldest, who is 14, can obviously handle his 20 gauge. As for the other kids, this round peaked my curiosity. I just received all the parts to build the upper, and plan on doing so this weekend. Our shots will be taken at a max distance of 150 yards, and most at 100 or less. I am hopeful that this will be a useful rifle for my kids, but time will tell after this deer season.

  30. avatar richard ellison says:

    i don’t know why they don’t make them like 22 rimfire short and long length rounds don’t cut them down leave them full length make both might be fun and good

  31. avatar Davesnothere says:

    The parent case for the .350 Legend is the .223 Rem. All though I haven’t seen the SAAMI specs, I assume the base diameter is the same .376. Case neck dimensions for the .357/.38 spl is .379. Case neck diameter for various .35 cal rifles range from .384 – .388. Possibly the .357/.358 bullets might be too big?

    1. avatar Pepprdog says:

      Actually the 350 Legend is a stretched out .380acp cartridge.
      Look at the specs and if you get a chance match a 380 to the legend. The bases are identical as is the diameter.
      I did a visual accidentally thinking the pistol case was a 9mm. Couldn’t believe it😊

      1. avatar Whyat says:

        The 9MM Winchester Mag appears to be the parent case, look a the specs although its base may have been from the 380. The SAMI specs are available for everyone to see so its odd so many people make so many comments without looking first. The spec is for 357 bullets, the throat and case mouth are the same spec as the 357 MAX. All that being said , it is very easy to shoot and all appear very accurate, not to mention the noise level is very tolerable.

  32. avatar Gary says:

    Personally I don’t think bullet diameter is an issue with the 350L. Most people DON”T reload. They are going to buy the Winchester white box ammo to shoot on the range and factory hunting ammo to hunt with, period.

    1. avatar Andrew says:

      It will limit other manufacturers’ willingness to get on board, which will limit ammo and rifle availability. And there may end up being manufacturing infighting that will result in a “spec 2” chamber, resulting in most manufacturers downloading to the lowest common denominator.

      All of this results in a .327federal. Dying. No matter how good it is.

    2. avatar Rick James says:

      Very true Gary unless they F up like lets say the 6mm Rem. Then Andrews will completely hold true

  33. avatar Snakeman says:

    Been looking for a 16″ 350 Legend AR barrel of late. Most all that I found are listing muzzle threads at 1/2-28. Really! Why not the standard .30 cal 5/8-24. How many .223/5.56 muzzle devices that are made for suppressors will accept a .355 bullet? All of my SICO ASR’s will work on the 350 Legend, as they are factory bored to .375 (3/8″)

    1. avatar Richard Brown says:

      Midway has 16″ AR Stoner barrels with carbine length gas ports an 5/8″-24 muzzle for $125. Good luck!

      1. avatar Snakeman says:

        Ended up with a 18″ SS, 5R rifling barrel from MOS-TEK. Their barrels have 5/8-24 threads. Ran 40 rounds developing the gas system, buffer and spring. Now 100% reliability. Start grouping test soon. Got to be ready for November 15th.

  34. avatar Hunter297 says:

    I am no fan of 350 Legend but understand in states midwest why they would buy and use it. I understand why some like it = modern state legal version of a 35 Rem. If I lived midwest, I would get a bolt gun Ruger American rifle, go wild camo in 350 legend. It gives a little more velocity, low power optic mounting. Any other states = 35 Rem Lever Marlin for a woods gun.

  35. avatar Greg says:

    .327 how many AR’s are in this Ammo? Does anyone make a barrel or mag for this hot ammo? I do not think so.

  36. avatar Steve Lopez says:

    I bought a Ruger Compact Ranch in 350 just because I didn’t have one. I’m quite happy with the performance but not choosing a.358 projectile was a disappointing, irritating big mistake.

  37. avatar Dean says:

    I have two 300 blackout uppers. For sure one of them is going to get swapped to 350 legend. I built an AR pistol to keep handy for bears. It’s easier to handle in the camper than a 20g shotgun. The 300 BO is horribly loud in a 10″ barrel. 556 is ridiculous loud in a pistol. The 350 legend may just be the perfect AR pistol round. If it catches on I’ll ditch the 300 BO completely. I never really liked it, it was just the least obnoxious in an AR pistol.

    Ironically the 300 BO is not deer legal in Colorado in a rifle, but makes the cut in a pistol. This 350 Legend will be deer legal in both here, but I don’t see that as any real advantage since we can use 6.8 SPC or 6.5 Grendel. But out here, bolt guns rule. I’m not trading in my 30-06 for an AR for deer…..

    If Kel Tec makes a 20gauge KS7 I may convert my ARs back to 556……

  38. avatar Pepprdog says:

    Let’s try to clear up a couple points about the 350 Legend.
    Actually the 350 Legend is a stretched out .380acp cartridge.
    Look at the specs and if you get a chance match a 380 to the legend. The bases are identical as is the diameter. Only difference is length.
    I did a visual accidentally thinking the pistol case was a 9mm. Couldn’t believe it😊
    In our gun shop in Southern Ohio, we can’t get enough Ruger 450 Bushmasters or 350 Legends. (Not that we sell a lot)
    Both are quite well suited for deer hunting within the normal distance of out to 100yards around here.
    The Legend has a couple advantages. Reduced recoil is a huge advantage and it’s extremely accurate. Most tests show near .5MOA and the legend is a lot cheaper to shoot. Lighter to carry too.
    Will it succeed? Who knows……..

  39. avatar Tim S says:

    Lots of questions about why the lower caliber (.355 not. 358)?

    I come from a background of manufacturing and machining. Any time you can take an existing machine and only slightly modify it or the processes it performs, there is a time and cost savings. 9mm/.355 is one of the most commonly produced bullets. Add length for a higher weight and change the composition so that it’s a power point instead of a hollow point. Voila, you have a rifle bullet produced by a machine that made handgun bullets earlier that day. That is why the designers also started with the .223 case. Change the die on your. .223 brass and, Voila, you now have a straight wall case with more volume and a higher caliber.

    Designers had the goal of a certain performance. They looked around at what they had and reached their goal with minimal investment. The savings they passed on to the customer.

    I was thinking of buying a 35 Remington, but hesitate because of ammo choices/availability. 350L solves that problem because of their design process: they use common/cheap sub components.
    If anyone makes a lever action in 350L, I’ll buy myself one and then buy each of my boys one!

  40. avatar TSG says:

    So, I’m still struggling with the hunting laws that “allow” straight wall ammo in shotgun only areas. Please tell me why this would exist? Why would any cartridge of any caliber be considered only when not necked down? I mean 300 blackout has less collateral or downrange damage possibilities than a .350L or .450BM for that matter so I can’t imagine it being that type of rationale. Could it?

    1. avatar Tim S says:

      In general, straight neck cartridges are not high velocity, hence not long range. In areas more densely populated, it’s better to be sure that the round will not travel very far out of sight line and endanger a house that the hunter was unable to see

  41. avatar Waterboy says:

    If you are not an avid reloader you likely do not know this but one can easily have an infinite supply of custom .355″ rifle bullets made from any .358″ bullet you choose. It is very easy to push a jacketed .358″ bullet through a “LEE .358″ cast bullet sizer”. Instantly you have a special .355″ rifle bullet. I actually have done custom .401″ jacketed rifle bullets up to 300 grs. (for use in the .401 WSL) from .41 Magnum and .405 Winchester bullets done in a like manner. That large a size-down does require a lite lube and a little bit of pressure. But the concept I’ve used thousands of times.

    You might do well to research the .351 WSL rifle in a study of the .350 Legend. A cartridge and carbine made from 1907 – 1957 that was a very popular round for hunting, police, and even some early military use. It shot a 180 gr. .352″ bullet (I make from .358″ and using a custom sizer) at some 1900-2000 fps. History repeats itself again.

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