Top 3 Midwestern Whitetail Rifles Chambered in .350 Legend
Over the last few years straight-wall cartridge rifles have changed whitetail deer hunting in the Midwestern United States. Hunters who have always been required to use shotguns and muzzleloaders can now carry straight wall rifle calibers making it possible to shoot further and more accurately than ever before. The first straight-wall rifle calibers that were popular included the 45/70, .44 and .357 Magnum.
For most whitetail hunters living in Iowa, Indiana, Michigan or Ohio, hunting with a rifle is a game changer. The Winchester .350 Legend is the newest caliber to the market. When comparing the .350 Legend Cartridge to the now popular 450 Bushmaster it has a slightly smaller bullet diameter. It is comparable in size to a .357 Mag, but overall, the cartridge is comparable in size to a .223 Rem with a case length of 1.71 inches.
This results in a bullet that flies a little faster than the .450 Bushmaster, with muzzle velocities of up to 2,200fps (feet per second). It should be noted for female and youth hunters it has considerably less recoil, and Legend ammo is less expensive than most of the other competing calibers. Firearms manufacturers have acted quickly and today there are numerous choices. Information about our 3 top selling models is listed below.
Weighing in at six pounds 12 ounces, 36.50” overall length the XPR has a free-floating 22” barrel with a 1:16 twist. The firearm comes in various finishes. Here at Fin Feather Fur Outfitters, we stock the Mossy Oak Country which is an exclusive and the popular green stock with stainless barrel. The rifle is drilled and tapped for optics and has a box magazinewith a capacity for 4+1 rounds. Both models are priced at less than $550 making them an outstanding selection for anyone interested in entering the straight wall market.
Ruger American Ranch
Weighing in at six pounds and with an overall length of 35” the Ruger American Rifle may arguably be the most hunted with rifle in the state of Ohio. With a 1:16 twist and an adjustable trigger of 3-5 lbs. this compact rifle is sure to quickly become your favorite. It has a generous recoil pad, 16.38” barrel, threaded barrel and comes with a picatinny rail. Priced well below $520 this will be a fun and exciting way to put venison in your freezer this fall.
Savage Axis II
Weighing in at 5.83 pounds with an overall length of 38.50” the Savage Axis II has a 1:16 twist and 18” barrel. The black stock and blued barrel are drilled and tapped for optics and has a 4+1 box magazine. This firearm also features the Accutrigger system which allows you to adjust your trigger pull. Priced well below $400 this rifle should be a serious consideration for any budget minded hunter.
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