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11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend

Hunters are seeing an explosion of rifle models chambered in .350 Legend now that more states have lifted bans on centerfire deer hunting. Here's a sampling of offerings from most to least expensive.

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend

The .350 Legend was designed to meet the needs of hunters in states that recently allowed straight-wall cartridges. Its an efficient medium-range cartridge with low recoil and plenty of energy.

Several states that had previously not allowed centerfire rifles for deer now permit straight-wall cartridges. Thus, the .350 Legend, introduced in 2019, now has a serious foothold in market—and the rifle models to prove it. It’s tailor-made for light, handy and relatively inexpensive bolt actions, yet is comparatively kind recoil-wise—at least in contrast to the straight-wall rounds such as the .45-70, .444 Marlin, .450 Bushmaster and .458 SOCOM. A typical factory loading—featuring 160- to 180-grain bullets at 2,100 to 2,300 fps—provides plenty of steam for whitetail out to 250 yards.

It’s caught on quickly after three years on the market, and a burgeoning number of rifles chambered to it attest to the fact that several mainstream companies are convinced enough to believe the .350 Legend has the legs to justify chambering so many models for it in such a relatively short time. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there, presented from least expensive to most expensive.

1. Mossberg Super Bantam Scoped Combo

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
Mossberg’s Patriot Youth Super Bantam scoped combo has a removable spacer in the black synthetic stock so you can change length of pull as the youngster grows.

The .350 Legend is a great choice for young hunters because of its low recoil, and Mossberg’s entry-level package gun has a removable spacer in the black synthetic stock so you can change length of pull as the youngster grows. Plus it comes with a 3-9x40 variable scope mounted in Weaver bases, so you don’t have to go hunting for an optic. The Bantam model sports the same 22-inch fluted barrel and spiral-fluted bolt as the standard model, and it also incorporates the excellent Lightning Bolt Action trigger that’s user-adjustable from two to seven pounds. It feeds from a four-round detachable box magazine. $483, Mossberg.com


2. Savage Axis XP Camo

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
The Savage Axis XP comes with a factory-mounted and bore-sighted Weaver 3-9x40mm scope.

The Axis XP is a .350 Legend that won’t break the bank—a great deal since it comes with a factory-mounted and bore-sighted Weaver 3-9x40mm scope. The 22-inch button-rifled barrel is finished in matte blue, and the stock features a good-looking camo pattern. The rifle feeds from a four-round detachable box magazine. Weight is 6.9 pounds. $509, SavageArms.com



3. Henry H015

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
The Henry H015 single-shot is available with a matte steel or highly polished brass frame.

Available with a matte steel or highly polished brass frame, this simple yet elegant platform for the .350 Legend features a fully adjustable folding leaf rear sight and brass bead front and are drilled and tapped for scope mounts. The matte steel model features a pistol grip walnut stock and rubber recoil pad. The brass model features a straight wrist. The barrel length is 22 inches. The H015 features an external hammer spur, a non-ejecting case extractor, and a locking lever that can be pivoted right or left to break open the action. $552, HenryUSA.com



4. Mossberg Patriot Walnut

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
The Mossberg Patriot Walnut is a full size, classic-style sporter with button-rifled and free-floated 22-inch barrel and LBA trigger.

This full-size, classic-style sporter is now chambered in .350 Legend. It’s a good-looking rifle, with walnut stock and a fluted 22-inch barrel as well as a spiral fluted bolt. But it’s not just looks. The barrel is button-rifled and free-floated with a recessed crown, and the company’s Lightning Bolt Action trigger is fantastic, user adjustable from 2 to 7 pounds. The rifle feeds from a four-round detachable box magazine, and Weaver-style bases come with the gun. Weight is seven pounds. $559, Mossberg.com


5. Howa Mini Action

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
Howa’s Mini Action has a 12 percent shorter action than standard short action and has a cold-hammer-forged 16.25-inch threaded barrel and pillar-bedded stock.

The Mini Action, which is imported from Japan by Legacy Sports, has an action that’s 12 percent shorter than the company’s standard short action. It has cold-hammer-forged 16.25-inch threaded barrel and a synthetic pillar-bedded stock in black, OD green or Kryptek Highlander camo. Overall length is 35.75 inches, and weight is 5.8 pounds. Available with or without a Nikko Stirling scope. starting at $559, HowaUSA.com


6. CVA Cascade

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
The CVA Cascade has a 22-inch barrel that’s threaded 5/8x24. The bolt has a 70-degree throw.

Long associated with single-shot rifles and muzzleloaders, CVA has introduced its first bolt-action centerfire—and in.350 Legend no less. It features a 22-inch barrel in matte blue or flat dark earth Cerakote, and it’s threaded 5/8x24. The bolt has a 70-degree throw, and the rifle has a two-position safety. The Veil Wideland synthetic stock has a Soft Touch finish and is adjustable for length of pull. Those who like shooting with bipods will appreciate the dual front swivel studs. The Cascade is compatible with Savage 110 scope bases, and two-piece Weaver bases ship with the rifle. The rifle feeds from a flush-fit detachable magazine. $658, CVA.com


7. Savage 110 Hog Hunter

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
The Savage 110 Hog Hunter’s stock is adjustable, and the 18-inch medium-contour barrel is threaded and features iron sights.

Built on the famed 110 action, the Hog Hunter allows you to adjust length of pull to fit the shooter, and it comes standard with Savage’s excellent AccuTrigger. The short 18-inch medium-contour barrel is threaded for a suppressor and comes with a thread cap. Unlike other bolt actions in this list, the Hog Hunter comes with iron sights, and of course it’s drilled and tapped for a scope as well. The oversize bolt handle is built for fast follow-up shots, and the stock is a handsome OD green synthetic. The rifle feeds from a four-round detachable box magazine. Weight is right at 7 pounds. $669, SavageArms.com





8. Ruger American Ranch

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
Ruger’s American Ranch is an ideal platform for the .350 Legend. Its matte black barrel is a short 16.4-incher, just right for a suppressor.

Ruger’s American Ranch is an ideal platform for the .350 Legend. Its matte black barrel is a short 16.4-incher, just right for a suppressor, and it’s threaded 1/2x28. The rifle comes with a Picatinny scope rail installed, allowing for easy scope installation. The bolt throw is 70 degrees, so even larger-ocular riflescopes shouldn’t prove a problem. The American stocks are nothing fancy, but they’re just right for hunting, with checkered panels on the wrist and on the nicely contoured fore-end. The Ranch version is flat dark earth. The rifle includes Ruger’s Marksman adjustable trigger, and the rifle feeds from a five-round AR-style magazine. $659, Ruger.com


9. Winchester XPR Stealth SR

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
The barrel on the Winchester XPR Stealth is only 16.5 inches long, so adding a suppressor won’t make the gun unwieldy.

Suppressors can be a great choice for areas where straight-wall cartridges are the only centerfires allowed, and the XPR Stealth SR is perfectly set up for a can. Its barrel is only 16.5 inches long, threaded 11/16x24 in the Legend version, so adding a suppressor won’t make the gun unwieldy. A Picatinny rail from Talley is included, which makes scope mounting a cinch, and it’s also drilled and tapped for traditional bases. Metal finish is black Permakote, and the stock is a green composite with textured grip panes. . The action incorporates Winchester’s M.O.A. trigger system, and the two-position thumb safety locks the bolt—although a bolt unlock button permits the action to be cycled with the gun on Safe. The rifle feeds from a four-round detachable box magazine. Weight is 6.5 pounds. $690, WinchesterGuns.com


10. Winchester XPR Extreme Hunter/TrueTimber Midnight

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
Winchester’s XPR Extreme in TrueTimber Midnight camo comes with a muzzle brake on its 22-inch barrel and incorporates the M.O.A. trigger.

The Extreme Hunter/True Timber version of the XPR bolt action is pretty advanced for an economy rifle, with a Tungsten Cerakote finish on the metal that promises corrosion resistance and looks good—especially with the TrueTimber Midnight camo stock. The 22-inch barrel is button rifled, and it comes with a muzzle brake. The action incorporates Winchester’s M.O.A. trigger system, and the two-position thumb safety locks the bolt—although a bolt unlock button permits the action to be cycled with the gun on Safe. The rifle feeds from a three-round detachable box magazine. Weight is a comfy 6 pounds 12 ounces. $770, WinchesterGuns.com

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11. Ruger AR-556 MPR

11 Top Hunting Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
AR fans will find the Ruger AR-556 MPR a great platform for the .350 Legend cartridge.

The .350 Legend is based on the .223 Rem. case, so it’s a natural fit for an AR-15. Ruger’s AR-556 MPR features a 16.4-inch cold-hammer-forged barrel that’s threaded 1/2x28, and its radial port brake reduces felt recoil. Recoil is further reduced via a pistol-length gas system. The lower receiver features Magpul MOE grip and MOE SL collapsible stock on a mil-spec buffer tube, and the Elite 452 trigger is a two-stage that produces a 4.5-pound pull. The 15-inch handguard is a Magpul free-float model with M-Lok slots at 3, 6 and 9. A five-round magazine is included. Weight is 6.6 pounds. $1,269, Ruger.com

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