These are some top choices for rifles chambered in .350 Legend.
Straight-wall cartridge rifles have really taken off for whitetail deer hunting in the Midwest United States the last few years. Suddenly hunters who have always been regulated to shotguns and muzzleloaders can use guns chambered for centerfire rifle hunting cartridges to extend their range farther than ever before. The first rifles were popular large handgun calibers like .44 and .357 Magnum.
For many hunters living in Michigan, Ohio, Iowa or Indiana, these rifle cartridges are a game changer. Winchester .350 Legend is a newcomer to the market. You are likely already familiar with .450 Bushmaster. Well, this new cartridge is designed to address some of the shortcomings of the .450. The .350 Legend Cartridge has a slightly smaller bullet diameter. It is comparable in size to a .357 Magnum, but whole cartridge is rather comparable in size to a .223 Remington with a case length of 1.71 inches.
The result is a bullet that flies a little faster than the .450 Bushmaster, offering a muzzle velocity of up to 2,200 fps. It also has less recoil, and Legend ammo is less expensive. That makes it the ideal hunting cartridge for a first time deer hunter. Gun manufacturers have quickly responded to this round by offering a plethora of rifles chambered for it. Today we will look at some of the top .350 Legend rifles for deer, bear, hogs and more.
Since it was Winchester Ammunition that developed the round, it only feels appropriate to start things off with one of their bolt-action rifles. The XPR weighs in at just six pounds, 12 ounces thanks to a polymer stock finished with Mossy Oak camo. This rifle features a free-floating 22-inch barrel with a 1:16 rate of twist. The receiver is already drilled and tapped for a scope. A perma-cote finish helps protect this rifle from the elements if you are doing a difficult spot and stalk. This rifle uses a box magazine and has a capacity of 4+1 rounds, although you are unlikely to need more than one with this hunting round. This gun comes at a great price point of just $520 too. That makes this gun an ideal starter rifle for the hunter just starting out with straight-wall cartridge guns. For a little over $200 more, Winchester also offers this rifle with a 3-9x40mm Vortex scope pre-mounted for the hunter who just wants to get to the range and then the field.
Ruger AR-556 MPR
The low recoil and fast bullet speeds make the straight-walled cartridge ideal for AR-style platforms. The Ruger AR-556 makes for an excellent gas operated, semi-auto hog hunting gun with a little more punch than your standard AR. This rifle has a 16.38-inch threaded barrel with a 1:16 rate of twist. It has a capacity of five rounds with the standard magazine. The handguard is free floating and is fitted with M-LOK slots for a variety of accessories that will turn this sporting rifle into a true hunting machine. The upper is made from a 7075-T-6 aluminum. That helps cut the weight down to just 6.6 pounds. This gun gets glowing reviews from users for the 4.5-pound two stage Ruger Elite trigger and the soft recoil.
Savage AXIS XP Stainless
For the hunter working with a tight budget, Savage Arms have put together a great .350 Legend package with the AXIS XP. You are not likely to find another rifle with a matte stainless steel barrel at a better price. This rifle goes for about $449 retail. The barrel is 18 inches and has a 1:16 rate of twist. The matte black synthetic stock helps give this rifle a light weight of just 6.86 pounds. The stainless steel and stock make the rifle ideal for long periods of time in a tree stand in wet conditions like the Midwest routinely offers during deer season. Those features also make this rifle ideal for spot and stalk applications if you ever decide to travel out of state for bigger game. The detachable box magazine holds four rounds. Another huge selling point of this rifle is the Weaver 3-9x40mm Scope that is attached at the factory and is already bore sighted. Just grab some ammo and head to the range to start sighting it in for deer season.
Mossberg Patriot Youth Super Bantam
We have already mentioned how the lower bullet weights of the .350 Legend cartridge helps give rifles chambered for it significantly less recoil. That makes the round the ideal first hunting gun for young hunters about to participate in their first youth season this year. The Mossberg Patriot is already a great rifle for adults, but their Youth Super Bantam is a fantastic option for young hunters. This gun has a 22-inch fluted barrel length with a 1:16 rate of twist, so it will help them drop that early youth season big buck at distances out to 100 yards or more easily. It has a capacity of 4+1 rounds. It is slightly heavy at 7.5 pounds, but a big selling point here is the adjustable length of pull. That means the rifle can grow with your young hunter. This rifle also comes fitted with a quality 3-9x40mm Vortex Crossfire II scope. For only $369, this gun is a bargain and a great way to introduce your child or grandchild to hunting this year.
CVA Cascade FDE
CVA may be better known for their affordable muzzleloaders, especially here in the Midwest where that was many a hunter's only long-distance option for years, but recently they started jumping into the centerfire rifle market. This is one of their first offerings for a hunting rifle. The bolt-action Cascade FDE has a 70-degree throw with the handle and features a 22-inch carbon steel barrel with a 1:16 rate of twist and a threaded muzzle. That barrel has a Cerakote finish to help protect from the rain and snow that are so common while hunting in the Midwest. The stock is kept light but strong thanks to a synthetic material that has reinforced strength thanks to fiberglass. This rifle features a generous recoil pad and CVA has made the length of pull adjustable by including a spacer standard. Not bad for only $600.
Ruger American Ranch
The argument can be made that the Ruger American rifle is one of the most popular guns in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio right now. This rifle is the "compact" version. It measures just 35 inches long and weighs in at just six pounds. The three-lug bolt provides a 70-degree throw. The compact 16.38-inch barrel has a 1:16 rate of twist. The barrel is also threaded in case you want to add a suppressor or a muzzle brake of some kind to tame the recoil even more. Not a bad idea for younger hunters with a smaller frame. The American Rifle also comes with a generous recoil pad to help with that. The rifle comes fitted with a picatinny rail for optics straight out of the box. The tang safety is easy to access and operate. This gun features the Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger, allowing for adjustments on the pull between three and five pounds. The compact size makes this a great brush gun for swamps and other areas where vegetation and branches are dense. This rifle is a tack driver that will get the job done on that big buck this season.
CMMG Resolute 100 Mk4
Another semi-automatic rifle option perfect for those wanting a slightly heavier bullet for feral hog country. The CMMG Resolute has a slightly higher capacity of 10 rounds to help put a serious hurt on a whole sounder of swine. This sporting rifle has a 16-inch barrel with a 1:16 rate of twist. The barrel is also threaded if you wish to add a suppressor. The receiver is forged 7075-T6 aluminum. The handguard is an RML 15 M-LOK, so there is room to add sights and flashlights for taking down hogs in total darkness. The stock is adjustable to six positions to fit the frames of a variety of shooters. To protect from the elements, it has an anodized hard coat, but it is also available in Cerakote. The pistol grip is a Magpul MOE. CMMG managed to keep the weight on this rifle down to a slim six pounds, five ounces making it comfortable to carry through a long night of hunting. This rifle is sure to put lots of problem hogs on the ground again and again.
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