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My .350 Legend Winchester XPR

ds10speedds10speed Posts: 22 New Member
edited October 2021 in Hunting #1
I live in lower Michigan where they just recently changed the deer gun laws for the shotgun zone. I can only use my Winchester model  70 Featherweight .308 and model 94 30-30 up north, but lately I have been having better luck at home on my own property with a shotgun, crossbow and muzzle loader. We can now use certain .35 cal or larger straight wall rounds in a rifle like .357 Mag, .44 Mag, 45 Colt, .460 S&W, .350 Legend, .450 Bushmaster and maybe some others with a case length between 1.16" and 1.80". I used my buddies Ruger American .450 Bushmaster last year and took a buck with it, I thought I would give the .350 Legend a try.

The gun was made in Portugal at the Browning Viana factory, this is the Sporter Titanium model and it is not on the Winchester web site for some reason, I was surprised to see it at my local dealer 5 miles down the road. You can also get it with a blued barrel if you prefer. It has a recessed crown and adjustable trigger pull and trigger stop, factory set at 3 1/2 pounds.

There are several variations of the .350 available but I like walnut stocked guns, most are composite plastic. The .350's and .450's are selling like crazy in my area. I got a Leupold 3x9 Freedom scope mounted and got it zeroed in. I'm quite happy with the results, I can get sub 1" groups at my 90 yard range, same as my .308.






Hornady 170 Grain @ 90 yards

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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    Good deal. Many are having trouble getting the .350 Legend to group well. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 4,603 Senior Member
    Nice looking rifle. I've been intrigued by the 350 Legend but there has been a fair bit of growing pains it seems. Enough so to keep me from biting so far. Glad to see it is working out well for you. 
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    I was interested until I found out it was .351” diameter. 

    No thanks. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ds10speedds10speed Posts: 22 New Member
    The pictures don't show up like they do in other forums, oh well. Haven't figured this picture posting here yet.
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,493 Senior Member
    Just click on the picture icon at the top of your edit window and paste the address of the picture into the pop up.
    I’m baaaaaaaaack… 😬
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,493 Senior Member
    Neat little rifle.  Any chance you’d know the weight scoped?
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  • ds10speedds10speed Posts: 22 New Member
    edited October 2021 #8
    Thanks for the posting help Wambli Ska, I edited my picture post above. My digital bathroom scale says 7.4 pounds with the scope, my digital postal scale shows 7 lbs 9 oz.

  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 3,493 Senior Member
    You are most welcome.  Nice rifle and good shooting!
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  • ds10speedds10speed Posts: 22 New Member


    Zee said:
    I was interested until I found out it was .351” diameter. 

    No thanks. 

    You must be concerned about reloading, I don't shoot my deer rifles enough to reload for them. I think a few boxes of ammo will last the rest of my life. The only thing I reload is .38/.357's.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,682 Senior Member
    That is correct. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,160 Senior Member
    Nice rig, great deer!!!!

    Welcome aboard
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,262 Senior Member
    Good shooting
    Welcome aboard
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • HvyMaxHvyMax Senior Member Posts: 1,826 Senior Member
    Lovely setup. Maryland did the same thing last year. I thought the 450 Bushmaster was a bit excessive. Kind of like a 3" 12ga slug. I threw together a 350 Legend AR with an FAL style adjustable gas piston. So far I have been generating Winchester Brass. I have it dialed in with the hunting load and blasting away with the White Box. Working up some loads for Lehigh XP's but will probably need a less voluminous powder than lil gun. 30-31 grains are about all it will take. People have been getting 3,000+fps with the 90grn Lehigh's. Might become my new HD round!!! I went with a forward projector brake to minimize hearing damage while hunting.
    Wal Mart where the discriminating white trash shop.
    Paddle faster!!! I hear banjos.
    Reason for editing: correcting my auto correct
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,772 Senior Member
    Check the Winchester brass carefully.  I had a lot come up short after sizing.  
  • HvyMaxHvyMax Senior Member Posts: 1,826 Senior Member
    Yes I noticed that as well. It seems to come short. Trimmer just barely skims half after 2-3 loadings. I haven't had any issues with them feeding or firing so I'm not going to worry about it. I check them all with the trimmer each time.
    Wal Mart where the discriminating white trash shop.
    Paddle faster!!! I hear banjos.
    Reason for editing: correcting my auto correct
  • mitdr774mitdr774 Member Posts: 1,772 Senior Member
    The Winchester ammunition I was using would come out with a sized length of 1.690"-1.720".  I would say that maybe 20% would come out in the 1.700"-1.710" after sizing.  Most of my Starline brass is around 1.705" new and seems to not really shrink after fire forming.  I need to start playing with that rifle again.  I was side tracked with bigger things and due to some issues need to be sure I have a back up for deer season.
  • HvyMaxHvyMax Senior Member Posts: 1,826 Senior Member
    I'll have to see if Starline brass is available again. A few months ago almost anything 350 Legend was unobtanium!!! Brass! Out of stock no idea when, Case trimmer! I found one online for twice the normal price, Ammo!!! 2-3 times original price if you could find it.
    Wal Mart where the discriminating white trash shop.
    Paddle faster!!! I hear banjos.
    Reason for editing: correcting my auto correct
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