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The New .350 Legend Hunting Round

Released a little under a year ago, the new 350 Legend caliber cartridge has gained the attention of many hunting communities. You will always have naysayers on new caliber releases, but some will be curious enough to try it. While researching this article, I read about a hundred reviews and blogs to make sure that I accurately reflected the views of those who have actually tried the 350 Legend. I was surprised to find that there were overwhelming positive remarks about the 350 Legend ammo and the 350 Legend caliber rifles.

Winchester 350 Legend


Winchester is proud to tout this cartridge as a balanced performance. Giving the shooter low recoil and reduced muzzle blast with every shot, it makes for a good day in the woods or at the range. With less recoil, more energy, and better penetration than many of the high-powered straight-walled cartridges, the .350 Legend is sure to become a popular choice for hunters. 

Winchester engineered the production of the cartridge by starting with a .223 Rem casing and drawing it out to accommodate a .357 bullet. The polymer-blend tip of the bullet assures expansion.

To better understand the 350 Legend, check out a ballistic comparison:

Winchester SuperX load:

  • Bullet Diameter: .357 inches (All 350 Legend)
  • Shell Case Length: 1.71 inches (All 350 Legend)
  • Bullet Size: 180 grain
  • Muzzle Velocity: 2,100 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 1,762 foot-pounds
  • Velocity (200 yards): 1,466 fps
  • Energy (200 yards): 859 foot-pounds

Winchester .357 Magnum SuperX load

  • Bullet Size: 158 grain
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1,830 fps
  • Muzzle Energy: 1,175 foot-pounds
  • Velocity (200 yards): 1,138 fps
  • Energy (200 yards): 454 foot-pounds 

Winchester 350 Legend Super X


Several features of the 350 Legend ammunition set it apart from all of the others. 

  • It has better penetration than the .243 Winchester. 350 Legend ammo has 20% less recoil and 20% more penetration than .243 Winchester.
  • When both cartridges are fired from the same barrel length (20"), 350 Legend has more muzzle energy than 30-30 Win. 
  • 350 Legend is the fastest straight-walled hunting cartridge that is produced.
  • The 350 Legend uses the same rim diameter as the .223 Rem. This new shellcase design maximizes terminal performance. The new cartridge design gives the shooter the ability to extract from a variety of firearms.
  • It is a great round for deer and hog hunting out to around 250 yards. 
  • 350 Legend has low recoil and very little muzzle blast. Both can be detriments in good and consistent shot placement. 350 Legend is a great caliber for young shooters!
  • The 350 Legend factory cartridge will work in a standard AR-15 with the standard .373-inch bolt face.
  • The cost of 350 Legend ammo can be drastically lower than other hunting rounds.


Several gun manufacturers have picked up on the growing popularity of the 350 Legend. Winchester, Ruger, CMMG, Savage, and Mossberg are all producing 350 Legend caliber rifles. Classic Firearms has them all at some of the lowest prices! Check out our 350 Legend Rifles


In addition to great performance, a major attraction to selecting the 350 Legend is the low cost of ammunition! Winchester makes millions of rounds of .223 Rem every year. The production of 350 Legend cartridges starts with the same machining as a .223 Rem, making mass production of these rounds easy. Manufacturers pass along their savings to the consumer with these rounds.


The 350 Legend round is growing in popularity with deer hunters. Its balanced performance, low recoil, increased energy, and low cost make it a no-brainer. Reviews of the caliber, both cartridge and rifles prove that the caliber has been warmly accepted into shooting and hunting communities. It’s time to try one for yourself!

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