The .350 Legend was designed by Winchester Repeating Arms and released at SHOT show in 2019. It was developed to meet straightwall case hunting regulations of states that do not allow bottleneck centerfire cartridges. Designed to lend itself to multiple platforms, the .350 Legend may be the answer to the needs of many.
Winchester designed the .350 Legend for deer hunting. Proper deer hunting bullets allow use for big game out to 200-250 yards, which is far better than most options in states that require straight-walled cartridges. Options in these states are limited, with shotguns, muzzleloaders and very few centerfire calibers available to fit this role. Fortunately, the very light recoil and reasonably low cost of ammunition lends itself to be popular on the practice range as well.
The .350 Legend is the fastest SAAMI-approved, straight-walled cartridge. The increased velocity will help to flatten trajectory, making hits at different distances easier. It features more energy than .30-30, .300 BLK and .223 with less recoil than 450 Bushmaster, .30-30 and .243 Win. It allows the round to have strong terminal performance while recoil remains light.
The .350 Legend was designed primarily for use in an AR platform, but is available from several manufacturers as a bolt rifle. It features a 2.26” overall length and comes with a .378” bolt face, so it uses a standard .223/5.56 bolt. With this design, one could purchase a .350 Legend AR rifle, or use a .350 Legend AR upper receiver group with an existing AR15 lower receiver group. While developed to use an AR-sized magazine, the .350 Legend magazine itself is different than the standard .223/5.56 fare.
CMMG® has several options for the .350 Legend. Complete rifles may be had in the RESOLUTE® platform, with three series options available. Complete with charging handle and bolt carrier groups, .350 Legend upper receiver groups are offered with three series options available. For those that are building their own AR from scratch, 16.1” barrels can be obtained. Finally, for any .350 Legend owner, CMMG has five (5), ten (10) or twenty (20) round magazines available.