Winchester steals cartridge show with new .350 Legend

01/23/19 8:00 AM | by

The .350 Legend rounds we fired on the range were these 150-grain Deer Season XP Extreme Points and 145-grain FMJ Target, though a 180-grain Power Point option will also be available. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

Each year, one or two new cartridges steal the SHOT Show. This year, the accolade falls to Winchester, who kept things pretty well under wraps until Industry Day on the Range in Boulder City, Nevada. There, with 40+ MPH winds sending dust storms through the desert, shooters pulled the trigger for the first time on the .350 Legend.

The sole platform to chamber the new rounds is Winchester’s budget-friendly XPR bolt action line of hunting rifles, though more platforms are sure to join the fray. Three types of ammunition will be releasing simultaneously with the rifles. Naturally, these are all Winchester-brand ammunition, and they include: 145-grain FMJ Target rounds, 150-grain Deer Season XP Extreme Point, and 180-grain Power Point.  While cost is often a prohibitive factor with new cartridge announcements, ammunition for the .350 Legend should be affordable, with FMJ’s slated to sell for $9.99.

The folks at Winchester were tight lipped until the launch of the new round at SHOT Show, though multiple company spokespeople hunted whitetails successfully with the round prior to launch. Two of the three ammunition offerings are ideal for bigger game hunters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/

The straight-walled .350 Legend immediately piques the interest of hunters, as it will be legal in 47 of 50 states with its design. The true straight wall is not necked up and would make it the fastest straight wall cartridge on the market. The bullet diameter is .357 inches with a shell case length of 1.71 inches.

Ballistics indicate the new Legend to have significantly more energy than both the .300 Blackout and .30-30 Win, with less recoil than both the .30-30 and .243. The tight-lipped folks over at Winchester claim to have taken several dozen deer during testing, with none making it further than 30-yards.

The XPR’s are available in a variety of finishes, but those shown off at Industry Day on the Range were black synthetic.  While the caliber fires with low felt recoil and was punching out bullseyes at 200 yards, we thoroughly enjoyed firing one of the suppressed XPR’s in .350 Legend. Though there were no subsonic loads, the FMJ’s performed very well and recoil felt comparable to a .243 or less.  Both the rifles and ammunition are slated to begin shipping in mid-to-late first quarter of 2019 at prices on par with XPR rifles of already existing calibers.

Latest Reviews

  • Serbu Shorty

    Fruit and cabbage no match for the Serbu Super Shorty (VIDEO)

    Manufactured by Serbu Firearms in Tampa, the Shorty claims to be the shortest pump action shotgun on the market today.

    Read Now
  • Magnum BFG

    Hunt big or go home: Magnum Research BFR in .30-30 (VIDEO)

    From the company of Desert Eagle fame comes this full line of over-built, serious single action revolvers. gets friendly...

    Read Now
  • Revision, Caller, Seeker, Pursuer

    Revision Outdoor brings style, safety to outdoor adventures

    Kicking off its new consumer driven lineup, Revision Outdoor brings three sunglasses to civilians wanting a cooler vibe in the...

    Read Now
  • Sig Sauer M400 Tread: The New Face of Freedom (VIDEO)

    Sig Sauer's TREAD is not just another cheap “entry level” direct impingement rifle produced en masse for a saturated market.

    Read Now