I’m considering a new AR for deer hunting and the .350 Legend currently tops my list. Apparently it is a perfect deer round, is legal is certain states during muzzleloader/shotgun season, and is very easy to reload.
Has anyone else researched this round? Before I jump I want to know more.
@meketrefe - It looks like the 35 Gunner concept has been commercialized. The Captain's Journal .350 Legend BY Herschel Smith 15 hours, 47 minutes ago While perusing this piece on new rifles from the SHOT show (most of which I find far too pricey), I ran across an ammunition type I hadn’t...
For a bore is great since you have access to affordable 9mm and 357 bullets.
The problem is that the cartrige, while much better than the infamous BarakObama is going to present a challenge in autoloaders due to the
straight case and rimless configuration. It doesn't mean it cannot be done but a lot of attention must be put into the reloading and
one might end up with feeding, cambering and/or headspace issues.
I considered this cat years ago and these were the main reasons I didn't make it.
I've been looking into this cartridge too. It seems Winchester and Hornady have put a lot into it as far as research, manufacturing and promotion. I haven't seen anything negative other than individuals on other forums that popped up during my search for information and they obviously didn't know what they were talking about.
I'm thinking a .350 Legend upper is going to be one of my winter projects. Mek, i believe I read the cartridge does have a taper to it.
The taper is minimum and helps a bit with the chambering but the cartrige headspaces on the mouth of the case.
Loading with care this might be a good round for many although personally I think this should be chambered in a 358 bore with
at least 5 flutes so this way one can use 358, 357 and 356 and even 355.5 9mm bullets. In fact the 358 bore produces more
speed than the 357 bore using 357 and 9mm bullets themselves w/o any measurable impact in accuracy.
There might be bullets that are a bit more forgiving than others but in general some of the most popular budget bullets have
softer jackets so this works really well for the 358 bore. with careful reloading one might pump this up to 60 even 62k psi and squeeze
up to 50 fps more but I do believe one should look into bullets that can preserve the speed at a distance and respect
those minimum impact thresholds that become more critical with this slow starting calibers. The main reason for the gunner
was to pump it up to achieve ideal impact speeds as you already know it hits harder than the 308 itself at the average hunting distances.
Look into the 358 winchester. IMO this is the do it all hunting round. Anything from White tail to the largest Mooose or Grizly on this continent all in a short action. Magnum like power in a very compact and versatile round. you can use all the bullets you can use with the legend and more.
308 brass can be formed in one quick stroke of the press and bullets are plentiful and well priced starting with 357 budget bullets to the
best solid or bonded premium hunting bullets for the largest game.
Think about it. One round to do it all. The 358 is not more popular becuse folks do not understand ballistics and obviusly there is no
marketing dollars with videos and tacticool mambo jambo behind it.
For the small AR and if you don't want to be forming brass the gunner would be the ideal but otherwise a 35 herret in a 358 bore but using
6.8 brass and bolts. you could also chamber it to use the 223 bolt using 22 Nosler brass, but that would be more complicated just because of the 22 nosler will eventually die.
I just finished cleaning (way too many) guns. It got me thinking about my KS-47. I think I am going to switch the red dot out for a nice 2-7 scope and just stick to that rifle next season.
I have shot deer and pigs with 7.62x39 with no issues. I reload for it using Hornady bullets. With the matched Stoner barrel/bolt, it’s dead accurate at least to 100 yards (the limit at my range unfortunately).