Snooping online and came across the 350 legend round in an AR-15 package. Doing some research and it seems like the 350 is a good fit for an AR and I’m wondering about the longevity of the production of it. It also seems to be very accurate out to 200 yards. The 350 appears to be very popular right now but how will it be in 20 years?
From articles and videos the round is a thumper on whatever it hits. I want a decent weapon for when the defecation impacts the rotary weather enhancer. The price point is good for me but is this a fad round meaning in 10 years I will be asked: why did you buy that?. Should I just bite the bullet, pun intended, and get a 5.56 since everyone and their uncle Bob has one? I have always been one to buck what everyone is doing thus my question.
For the first time in history, a metallic rifle cartridge has been engineered specifically to meet the needs of whitetail deer hunters in states restricted to using slug-firing shotshells or straight-wall rifle cartridges.
I had never heard of that round before. Sounds interesting.
You Sir, Are dangerous to the longevity of my Keyboard/ Laptop!
“I want a decent weapon for when the defecation impacts the rotary weather enhancer”.
Oh man! Diet Coke Choking death reported in Albuquerque this afternoon, film @ 11.
As for the other questions you state, why the need for 200 yards? It’s Gonna get LOUD and UP CLOSE!
Will the “opposition” have any .350 mags to replenish your stores after the first wave? In (10) years we (who are still alive) will NOT be dealing w/ this still… hopefully.
“You’ve always been one to buck the system” Understand that, me too. But from a tactical/practical
point of view is it worth the expenditure @ this juncture of prepping for … whatever may happen worth it? MY personal advantage is it is just the (2)of us… That’s my fire team. She’s done. Outfitted/trained up and comfortable.
Me, I am happy (to a point) w/ my hardware. But I still want more mags and Boolits. Always looking for that perfect round that can stop a Tank! the beauty of my conundrum is it is ALL .556, everything accepts .556 and .556 mags (and .223). Other enemies use .556 (almost exclusively). I am NEVER going to have as many guns as some of you guy’s/gal’s. I don’t want that anyway. I BROKE one of cardinal rules last month by selling a house we had in NYC (upstate), The offer was great and the people got their loan–buh bye house! Hello Financial comfort zone. NEVER sell a house or any guns (if you can help it was that one rule I had). I am NEVER going back east, ever. So it made sense on many levels (for me). As for hardware I am not festooned with weapons, they are ALL legal eagle I am a straight shooter (legally and physically).
If there is a ‘Knock on my door in anger’ it will be answered same same. I am NOT going to be running room to room like David Koresh! It’s front door/back Patio doors that now have recent AUGMENTATION that will stop an Armed response. Same now with the Garage doors (a former weak point now a choke point). My house is small, on purpose, No second floor. KCG 75 yards max. That is the distance of the PLAN. No cars/trucks in the drive to use as shelter. Simple, basic and tactical. Foo gas in faux rocks out front (you guess which ones holds the jelly, guess incorrectly Pearly gates await (kidding?)
Anybody wants to play, they are going to pay. At night we sleep soundly. Locked down, LITERALLY!
You want a .350 GET IT! If it’ll make you sleep better by all means GET it! and get right w/ it!
You should never ‘GO OUT’ with the thought of ‘I shoulda…’
I’m not Chris Kyle. I don’t need distance. I need accuracy, rate of fire and reliability! hellions and XD’s give me that. If I take a headshot right away it really doesn’t matter does it?
If not ‘HELLFIRE awaits’ the usurper.
Only time will tell if the 350 legend sticks around. It seems to mostly be designed as a mid range deer round that will work well in AR style MSRs.
Since it is new and it is primarily designed for deer I think affordable practice ammo and solid performing self defense ammo would be hard to find. I also don’t see all that much difference ballistically between 350 legend and 300 BLK which is obviously here to stay, has a lot of good ammo options and would likely be a little better in the 200 to 300 yard range with the lighter faster ammo options. Unless you live in one of the States that requires straight walled cartridges, for whatever illogical reason they do, I personally would go with 300 BLK over the .350 Legend if you want to avoid the tried and true 5.56/.223.
But think it is hard to beat 5.56/.223 for a self defense rifle in trying times that you could hunt with at shorter ranges if needed. Cheapest ammo by far compared to the other two, lots of ammo choices and the ammo is lighter so it’s easier to carry more. Plus you get a lot less bullet drop if you need to lob bullets out past 300 yards for some reason.
If you have an AR lower you could just buy uppers for all three calibers and decide which one you like best:) I bought a 300 BLK upper that will likely be used as my son’s first deer rifle if the anti self defense politicians haven’t banned semi autos by the time he is ready for his first hunt.
One reason I was thinking for home defense. If it can drop a deer as well as claimed, it should drop the two legged variety equally as good. Still 223/556 are proven ammo. I recently bought a semi 308 but the gas tube needs looking at since it won’t completely cycle after a shot. Might only need adjusting. I’m not very confident in it is why I’m looking around.
I don’t know about the 350 ammo but a lot of the mid to large caliber bullets designed for deer hunting tend to pass through people without expanding properly. My 308 bolt action is primarily for elk and deer hunting but I do have some specifically designed self defense ammo with somewhat thinner copper jackets in case I ever needed to use it for that.
One of the exceptions for bullets that work well on deer and for self defense might be with .223/5.56. I personally wouldn’t use one for deer hunting but a bunch of people seem to be successfully harvesting deer at shorter ranges with the 62gr and 75gr Gold Dot bonded ammo which was designed specifically for self defense and has a very good reputation in that roll. 300 BLK also has some options that appear to work very well on deer and for self defense.
Ha! My choice for those circumstances (when ARs are made illegal by government) is a lever gun in 30-30. I added peep sights to a Marlin 336 I bought in the 1970s. Accurate within 200 yards, quick follow up, ammo readily available (I reload, so I don’t follow retail stocks to closely).
From what I’ve read 200 yards is about it for the 350. It drops like a rock after that, 28 inches over the next 100 yards. Set it to hit two inches high at 100 yards and at 200 yards it will be two inches low. But if that gubment agency that is going out and about knocking on doors saying show me this or that you bought….my drive is only 35-40 yards long. I didn’t search too hard but when buying it comes only with a cali compliant 10 round box mag.
One question: Can you say .357 maximum? The 350 very closely resembles the .357 maximum. The what you say? The .357 max was the hot cartridge 20 years ago. I have a .357 max barrel for a Thompson Contender and a potful of new brass. Anybody interested? Don’t be shy. Speak right up. .44 magnum in a rifle will take deer just dandy. You can buy single shot .44 mags for the budget minded deerslayer or in lever rifles which increases the velocity of the .44 mag. The story that there is a dearth of firearms in straight walled cartridges is so much hucksterism. And, .44 mag or even .357 mag ammo is much more commonly sold than the .350 ammo. In an EOTW situation, you want to be shooting what everybody else is shooting unless you plan ahead and have all the brass, primers, molds, bullets etc for loading your own. What are the two most common cartridges sold today? 9 mm and .223/5.56. I would buy a rifle in 5.56 as opposed to .223. You can fire .223 in a 5.56 chamber but folks who claim to know say firing 5.56 in a .223 chamber will lead to early demise of your firearm and often with unwanted separation of parts.
I agree with your concerns, it’s my opinion that there are a slew of new calibers out there. I just don’t see all of them lasting in the long run and there you are with an expensive conversation piece that you can’t find any “food” for it. A good example of a caliber that we all thought would be around forever is slowly going away, the .40 S&W. Sig doesn’t even produce a firearm in .40 anymore, and forget trying to find a .40 in any good brand with optics slide. In closing, I don’t see many of these new “boutique calibers” having longevity.