Thought on the .350 Legend...

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Thought on the .350 Legend...

Postby commander faschisto » Thu Mar 18, 2021 8:28 pm

I recently re-read some posts here from a while back when Wildcatter (PBUH) had developed a mysterious new loading for the AR platform he called it the 9mm NATO AR. Supposedly he even had an appointment to show it to DoD as an upgrade from the 5.56 that they were (still are) looking to develop. His 9mm NATO AR would of course be scaled to work in the existing AR-15s with appropriate parts changes, and be significantly more powerful than the 5.56mm. That's the background to my question.

I wonder if there's any way that Winchester ended up with the specs to the 9mm NATO AR cartridge and brought it out as the .350 Legend? Enquiring minds (at least, mine..) would like to know.

(Side question: Anyone know what happened to our beloved WC?)
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Re: Thought on the .350 Legend...

Postby s4s4u » Thu Mar 18, 2021 9:09 pm

Not sure if that is where it came from but folks had been wildcatting a 357/223 for a while. I suppose it was just a matter of time before someone picked up on it and improved it.
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Re: Thought on the .350 Legend...

Postby Al in Mi » Fri Mar 19, 2021 4:09 am

WC passed away awhile back, TSD might have the skinny on the exact date.

My personnel opinion on the 350L, that it was copied off the 357AR. It fills a niche with recoil sensitive people plus ladies and kids. I would have designed it .100 longer and strictly for a bolt platform and throttled it up another 150-200fps, plus I would have used .358 bullets!!!!
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Re: Thought on the .350 Legend...

Postby commander faschisto » Fri Mar 19, 2021 6:48 am

Thanks for the info! I agree the 350L seems a mite tame.
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Re: Thought on the .350 Legend...

Postby plant_one » Fri Mar 19, 2021 9:18 am

commander faschisto wrote:Thanks for the info! I agree the 350L seems a mite tame.



just like the 450bm.. its not meant to be a hot, flat shooting round. think of it as the 450's little brother.

its a cartridge brought to market solely to be 48 state legal hunting round for those that cant handle the punch of the bigger stuff like the 450 bushmaster. not everyone out there enjoy's - or knows how to deal with - a bunch of recoil like the rest of us do :mrgreen:



and i've seen the legend make venison room temperature. its an effective killer within its wheelhouse. its a neat, accurate little cartridge.


its kinda like baggin on the ole 30-30.... yet that cartridge still put more venison in the freezer than any round in history, at least here in places like Michigan.



give it time, its a real young cartridge. let it come into its own. 10 year from now... then we can really judge how it fared.
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Re: Thought on the .350 Legend...

Postby Buckeye45 » Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:42 am

I’ve used the 350L for the past 2 years. It is an excellent hunting round. It’s also an easy round to shoot. As mentioned the difference in recoil is substantial, but more importantly the muzzle blast is so much nicer in hunting situations. I did use a 450 for several years and found the blast and to some extent the recoil inhibit follow up or second shots. One case in particular left me with a splitting headache for 3 days following a jump shot at a very nice buck. I simply couldn’t get back on target and he got away. The buck I shot this year with the 350 was back in the scope just as he came down from his mule kick.
I’ve built several 350 legend for myself and friends and all have performed great at woods distance. This year I built and used a 12.5 inch AR pistol using lightweight parts. And I just use a thread protector, no brake needed. This made a fabulous hunting gun for walking stalking thick cover. Building a gun like this wouldn’t be possible or practical in 450 unless I was to sit in a blind with 2 levels of ear protection.
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