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    350 legend

    Any thoughts on the 350 legend round.... being from a hunting state that only straight wall cartridges are allowed for deer hunting during gun season..... anyone with experiences
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    No experience. I did read it drops just over 12 inches at 100 yrds. Has good stopping power.

    My longest shot is maybe 40 yrds, from kitchen window to woods .

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSHNERIE View Post
    No experience. I did read it drops just over 12 inches at 100 yrds. Has good stopping power.

    My longest shot is maybe 40 yrds, from kitchen window to woods .

    Good luck.
    I read 4-1/2 in drop at 200, when sighted in 1in high at 100yrds..... I guess depends on the weight bullet .... guess I need to question a friend I hardly see anymore ..... think he might own one , at least been told he got a new deer rifle that shoots great out to 200 yrds.... he is why I got the ruger deerfield 44mag carbine for deer hunting.... love that light weight short rifle.... a tack driver in my woods
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    Here in MS, our “primitive” weapon season allows the use of single-shot, breach loading, exposed hammer reproduction calibers... I know, not really “primitive”, but whatever.

    By far, the 3 most popular calibers here used for whitetail are: the 45-70, 38-55 & the 35 Whelen.

    Muzzle velocities are: for the 45-70 (~2,275), 38-55 (~1,320), 35 Whelen (~2,960); the Legend produces ~2,290. The Legend performance looks to me comparable to that of the 30-30, recoil & velocities... and more deer have been probably been killed with a 30-30 in the last century than any other caliber.

    It really depends on what performance you are looking for. Lighter. recoil, with a more limited range... the Legend and the 38-55 are probably good choices. More knock down thump and longer range... the 45-70 and the 35 Whelen probably would be better.

    If you will be reloading your ammo, obviously you can produce more performance variable. I load my 45-70 and have a 3/4” group @ 100 yards and am CONFIDENT with shots out to 300 yards... you just have to know what your trajectories look like.

    Most times, a given caliber is far more capable of out-performing the shooter... all of the calibers I’ve mentioned are far capable of taking deer. Ultimately, I’d say go with what makes you happy and brings to the table what you are looking for.

    P.S. I enjoyed getting to fish beside you the end of October...till next time.

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    It's just one of these things I really don't need , but thinking I might in the future(if I hunt elsewhere)....
    still want to harvest a deer with the ragging bull in 480 ruger but it usually stays in the cabin as a back up, like the 1100 -12ga that has become uncomfortable to hold out for a shot....

    old arther in my shoulders get at a point that even a glass of water has me twitching.... the ruger 44mag carbine has corrected that issue, plus a good rail rest in the shooting house
    Bill..............

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    According to winchester the 350 legend has 900 ft lbs of energy at 200 yards- plenty for the average whitetail. It also produces a very meager 8.5 lbs of recoil. With the 150 grain loading from winchester if you are zeroed at 100 yards you will be about 7 and a half inches low at 200. I usually sight in a few inches high at 100. It's a very comfortable gun to shoot, and in the ruger american, very accurate. Surprisingly so in fact, since i was told by the salesman that most people were getting 2" groups and while sighting in my first 110 yard group (its not my range otherwise it wouldve been 100 yards) measured 0.54 inches center to center.
    While there is much to like about the 350, having grown up in shotgun only country i tend to prefer the shock and awe approach. If i use a rifle its usually something like the 45-70. I did the bulk of my hunting with an old nef singleshot heavy barreled 20 gauge. It was rifled, and extremely accurate. In fact i used to keep a folder with my targets in it- several groups were smaller than 2". A few were smaller than 1. It was capable of taking deer at ranges that most people would scratch their heads at and look at me in disbelief. It was already a heavy gun because of the bull barrel, but wanting it to balance i added weight to the stock until it evened out. The weight never bothered me, but it sure did help to keep it steady while shooting. It also reduced felt recoil to about the level of a .410.
    Those were the good old days...

    I didnt mean to get that far off track, or into other related subjects, but there are always things a guy can do or tinker with that will improve accuracy, reduce recoil.

    The 350 legend seems to be a capable round, and ammunition manufacturers are starting to come out with a wider selection of bullet weights which will only make it more versatile.
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    Right now, gun season starts monday for the week.... only can get one more for my county limit of 3 deer....2 already with the bow the last few weeks , I'll research it more and will keep an eye out, for one .
    I love my ten point crossbow for early season hunting, hoping I won't even need the gun season
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    My German shorthair pointer and I will be waiting at the window.

    Living in the woods has it's advantages.

 

 

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