Ultimate Winchester 350 Legend Buyer’s Guide
Introducing The Winchester .350 Legend Cartridge
Winchester is one of the longest standing firearm companies in the industry. Throughout the company’s lifetime, it has been well-known and very much applauded by the gun community for its steady stream of innovation. The Winchester 30-30 was one of the first ballistics ever produced by the company, appearing in their 55thcatalog edition.1This round was so revolutionary that it is still relevant and purchased to this day. Still, Winchester is out to impress again with one of their most recent product releases: the “fastest straight-walled hunting cartridge in the world.”1 This cartridge would be the new .350 Legend round. And it is manufactured in a range of variations, each with their own purpose!
What Is 350 Legend Ammo Made Of & What Is It Used For?
Given there are different variations of the .350 Legend, each is made slightly differently. Regardless, they share some feature-based similarities. Some of the most notable benefits of the new cartridge include greater energy, reduced recoil, and an increased penetration. In fact, Winchester specifically claims the .350 Legend produces more energy than 30-30 Win., .300 AAC Blackout (7.62x35mm), and the Remington .223.2
Depending upon the variation of the .350 Legend cartridge, the price can range including: approximately $0.45 per FMJ round, approximately $0.85 per Power-Point Super X or Soft Point round, and $1.05 per Extreme Point (Deer Season XP) or Bonded Soft Point Round.3
All of the Winchester .350 Legend cartridges share the same straight-walled specs of bullet diameter (.357 inches) and shell case length (1.71 inches).2Still, each of the variations of the .350 Legend cartridge were made for different purposes. And as noted above, the variations are also priced differently according to manufacturing costs and process. Here is a little more information, along with the purposes, of each variation of .350 Legend rounds:
Deer Season XP (Extreme Point)
The Deer Season XP round was specifically engineered with deer hunting in mind. The bullet maintains excellent energy downrange, still ensuring maximum penetration. The impact diameter of the Deer Season XP cartridge is oversized, making it far easier to put down game. This round has a large polymer tip which was designed to speed up the bullet expansion process and increase trauma.3This round also boasts a muzzle velocity of 2325 fps and a muzzle energy of 1800 ft⋅lbs.4
The typical price for Deer Season XP Extreme Point .350 Legend ammunition is about $1.05 per round.3
Super X (Power-Point)
Similar to the Deer Season XP round, Winchester explains this bullet was created for incredible downrange energy transfer, while ensuring penetration is high. In fact, the weight is optimal for deeper penetration. Its alloy lead core is the secret in maintaining the weight.The Super-X round features a power-point for quicker knock-down and a reliable expansion.3This bullet has a muzzle velocity of 2100 fps and a muzzle energy of 1762 ft⋅lbs.5
The typical price for Super X Power-Point .350 Legend ammunition is about $0.85 per round.3
USA White Box (FMJ)
These are Winchester’s full metal jacket rounds, with a truncated cone for improved accuracy. They are excellent for a high volume shooter or regular hunter and have an awesome velocity with little recoil. They are some of the easiest 350 Legend cartridges to fire.3 The Winchester 350 Legend USA FMJ ammunition has an impressive muzzle velocity of 2350 fps and a muzzle energy of 1778 ft⋅lbs.6
The typical price for Made In The USA FMJ .350 Legend ammunition is about $0.45 per round.3
The Super Suppressed Winchester 350 Legend rounds were designed for subsonic applications and suppressed firearms. The bullets feature a reduced noise output and a reduced barrel fouling (including suppressor). They are open tip range bullets and work great at the range (target shooting). The velocity is lower than the speed of sound, thus creating low decibels. There is a copper jacket and a modern shellcase design that makes operation slick and reliable.3 The muzzle velocity of this round is only 1060 fps, and the muzzle energy is 661 ft⋅lbs, respectively.7
The typical price for Super Suppressed .350 Legend ammunition is about $1.00 per round.7
Power Max Bonded
The Power Max Bonded 350 Legend rounds were made similar to the Deer Season XP bullets, with deer hunting in mind. They feature a maximized retained weight, with a super reliable expansion. The bullet is a protected hollow point and encourages fast knock-down. This round has a contoured jacket and a special bonding process for the best penetration and overall performance.3These rounds have a reasonable muzzle velocity of 2225 fps and a muzzle energy of 1759 ft⋅lbs.8
The typical price for Power Max Bonded .350 Legend ammunition is about $1.00 per round.9
Other 350 Legend Ammo Brands
Winchester is not the only manufacturer of .350 Legend ammunition. The brand Federal also makes the round in 3 variations: 180 gr Soft Point Power-Shok, 180 gr Soft Point Non-Typical, and 160 gr Bonded Soft Point Fusion. These rounds offer the same types of power as the Winchester rounds. For example, the 180 gr Power-Shok variation offers a muzzle velocity of 2100 fps and a muzzle energy of 1762 ft⋅lbs.10Additionally, Hornady Ammunition makes it as well. The Hornady 350 Legend Ammunition is also known as the American Whitetail 350 Legend round and comes in 170 gr at about $0.99 per bullet.11.
.350 Legend Rifles
These rifles have been specifically designed to work with the .350 Legend ammunition.
Rifle, Resolute 100 MK4
This is the most basic of the MK4 series and runs cheapest of the three variations. It features a 16.1” barrel with 1:16 twist and medium taper. It sports a Hard Coat Anodized finish on the receiver and handguard. It also has a CMMG Single Stage Mil-Spec style trigger and a proprietary 10 round steel magazine. The muzzle is an A2 Comp threaded at 9mm. The total weight is 6 pounds and 3 ounces.
Rifle, Resolute 200 MK4
The MK4 200 series has a few nice upgrades from the previous variation. The muzzle is slightly upgraded on the 200, being a CMMG SV Brake (also threaded at 9mm). The pistol grip and trigger guard have been upgraded to Magpul MOEs. And finally, the butt stock is given an enhanced receiver extension and Ambi Sling Plate. The gun is only 2 ounces heavier than the most basic variation (Resolute 100 MK4).
Rifle, Resolute 300 MK4
The third variation of the MK4, the Resolute 300, has only a couple differences. The most obvious difference is the finish, which is now a cool Cerakote. Mechanically, the charging handle has been upgraded to a CMMG Oversized Ambi and the trigger has been upgraded to a Geissele Automatics SSA 2-Stage. Obviously this variation is the most expensive of the three.
Ruger AR-556 MPR
The Ruger AR-556 MPR is a sleek looking monster of a rifle. It comes with a collapsible stock, a Free-Float handguard (with Magpul M-LOK slots), a barrel length of 16.38”, and a twist of 1:16” RH. The finish is Type III Hard Coat Anodized. The gun weighs 6.6 pounds. Ultimately, it is a heck of a rifle, priced only slightly higher than the Resolute 100 MK4.
Winchester XPR Hunter True Timber Strata
The permacote flat dark earth finish sports an outstanding M.O.A. Trigger system, a nickel Teflon coated bolt, and a detachable box magazine. The camouflage pattern is an insane look and advantage unlike any other. The receiver is steel, the stock is composite, and there is an enhanced recoil pad. With a 22” barrel length and an overall length of 42”, the XPR is also easy to manage.
Winchester XPR Hunter in Kryptek Highlander
The XPR Hunter in the Kryptek Highlander variation is much like the previous XPR model, only in a lighter camo color and a recessed target crown. In all other ways, it is extremely similar to the True Timber Strata model.
Ruger American Rifle Ranch
The Flat Dark Earth color is an attractive, desert-like finish on this standard, reliable bolt-action. There is an impressive Ruger Marksman Adjustable trigger that is interchangeable between 3 and 5 pounds. This greatly helps improve the accuracy for long range shots. Still, the rifle is lightweight, easy to hold and fire, and has a barrel length of 16.38”. The overall length is 36”, making it a bit lighter and easier to carry than Winchester’s XPR bolt actions.
Best Accessories For .350 Legend Rifles
There are a number of attachments and accessories that have been designed specifically for use with the .350 Legend. These are some of the best accessories currently on the market.
VX-Freedom 3-9×40 350 Legend
Accessory Type: Optic
The VX-Freedom scope was made specifically to complicate the straight-wall 350 legend cartridge. The pre-calibrated dial allows for the most accurate long distance shots. It is a dependable scope and comes in a matte finish.
AR Magazines (5 Round and 10 Round)
Accessory Type: Magazines
There are some great 350 Legend magazines available. They come in both 5 round and 10 round variations. CMMG Inc makes some great quality, steel body magazines.
Accessory Type: Barrel
CMMG Inc makes an excellent Sub-Assm barrel that is 16”, and works perfect with 350 Legend cartridges. And it only weighs 1 pound and 9 ounces.
Many Other Parts
Accessory Type: Muzzle Devices
There are several muzzle devices which are sold by Veriforce Tactical, Strike Industries, Fortis Manufacturing, Griffin Aramament, Kaw Valley Precision, and many other companies. Many of these devices are compensators or muzzle brakes.
Is .350 Legend Ammo Worth It?
The .350 Legend round is an impressive ballistic, with a wide range of cartridge varieties. It is made by a highly reliable company and has received raving reviews. The cost is rather reasonable considering other rifle rounds fall into the same price spectrum. And the rifles and attachments available for .350 cartridges is expansive enough. It is also certain that the attachments and rifles which will work with the .350 Legend will continue to grow. While it may be true the .350 Legend round is essentially a longer, rimless .357 magnum cartridge, there is still a lot more to the bullet! But, arm a shooter with this buyer’s guide and they can easily select the right .350 Legend gun, cartridge variation, and attachments.
1Lever Guns. The History of The 30-30. Retrieved from: http://www.leverguns.com/articles/3030history.htm
2Wichester. 350 Legend. Retreived from: https://winchester.com/350-Legend
3Sportsman Outdoor Superstore. 350 Legend Rifle Ammunition For Sale. Retrieved from:https://www.sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore.com/category.cfm/sportsman/350-legend-rifle-ammunition-for-sale
4Midway USA. Winchester Deer Season XP Ammunition. Retrieved from: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020843766/winchester-deer-season-xp-ammunition-350-legend-150-grain-extreme-point-polymer-tip
5Midway USA. Winchester Super-X 350 Ammunition. Retrieved from:https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020843647/winchester-super-x-ammunition-350-legend-180-grain-power-point
6Midway USA. Winchester USA Ammunition 350 Legend. Retrieved from: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/102084355/winchester-usa-ammunition-350-legend-145-grain-full-metal-jacket
7Target Sports USA. Winchester 350 Legend 265 Grain Super Suppressed Open Tip Subsonic. Retrieved from:https://www.targetsportsusa.com/winchester-350-legend-265-grain-super-suppressed-open-tip-subsonic-sup350-p-109114.aspx
8Target Sports USA. Winchester 350 Legend Power Max Bonded. Retrieved from: https://www.targetsportsusa.com/winchester-350-legend-160-grain-power-max-bonded-x3501bp-p-109117.aspx
9Target Sports USA. Winchester 350 Legend 160 Grain Power Max Bonded. Retrieved from:https://www.targetsportsusa.com/winchester-350-legend-160-grain-power-max-bonded-x3501bp-p-109117.aspx
10Federal Premium. Power-Shok Rifle. Retrieved from: https://www.federalpremium.com/products/rifle/powershok/powershok-rifle/350la
11Target Sports USA. Hornady American Whitetail 350 Legend 170 Grain Interlock. Retrieved from: https://www.targetsportsusa.com/hornady-american-whitetail-350-legend-170-grain-interlock-81196-p-109418.aspx
About the Author:
Mark Doberman, The Proprietary Gun Smith
The Proprietary Gun Smith is a marksman, expert gun handler, ammunition specialist, survival guru, and lifetime gun enthusiast. He owns (or has owned) nearly every legal firearm and ballistic available, has fired nearly every gun, and regularly consults professionally in the firearm world. He has studied firearms and similar tactical lifestyle for more than 40 years. In addition to writing for ArmoryBay.com, TheProprietaryGunSmith has guest written for more than a dozen other sites and/or magazines in the industry.
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