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44 mag rifle vs. 350 Legend ?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by kyron4, Dec 4, 2019 at 3:33 AM.

  1. kyron4

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    Though fairly new, inside 100 - 150 yards or so, which will preform better putting a whitetail down ? I have put down more than a few deer with a 44 magnum rifle with good results, didn't get my savage axis in 350 legend ready in time this year, but is shoot 1 1/2" groups at 100yds. Just curious which is the better round. Any real world results after this last Midwest gun season ? -Thanks
     
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  2. BigBore44

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    I don’t have the Legend. But I do have the 44. I have no complains. My 44 does it’s job every time as long as I do mine. But I have no reason to believe the Legend is lacking.
     
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    I would think the 350 would have some better range. Maybe only 50 extra yds though if you use MPBR.

    I don’t think that makes up enough for the lack of big holes the 44 has.
     
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  4. Loyalist Dave

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    The 350 Legend began as a concept for putting a straight walled, large caliber, heavy bullet, hunting round into an AR, while still using mags made for .223/5.56 NATO and only needing a barrel swap. It's basically a .223 case that isn't necked-down, loaded with a .357 caliber bullet. Because of the case diameter it has some advantages over the .450 Bushmaster when dealing with an AR platform, as the AR platform needs modified mags and some other changes for the .450 bushmaster ;). The .350 Legend has been found to be a good idea in bolt action rifles as well, especially in states where straight walled ammunition is allowed when other rifle ammunition is not.

    The .44 mag is a venerable deer harvester. Bolt action, semi-auto, lever-action, and single shot rifles are chambered in it, and for good reason. Even old style, all lead bullets have been shown to hammer deer out to 150 yards. Beyond that the round will still perform but the trajectory is a bit harsher than say the .350 Legend.

    Contrary to recent online magazine articles, the .350 Legend is not superior to the .357 Magnum when the .357 magnum is launched from a single shot or lever action rifle. o_O Some articles are disingenuous as they compare the .350 Legend from a rifle platform to the .357 Magnum from a pistol. The longer barrel and lack of a cylinder gap that one gets with a .357 Magnum cartridge fired from a rifle ups the muzzle velocity. :scrutiny:

    Is the .44 Magnum "better" than the .350 Legend? I doubt it. At close ranges of 50 yards or less the deer isn't going to know the difference. At the 100-150 yard mark the .350 Legend will likely still deform well on impact... the .44 magnum even if it doesn't deform at all is none the less delivering a .429 diameter hole with a 240 grain projectile... (Where's the "shrug" emoji) .

    Since you already have the rifle in .350 Legend, I'd say try that on deer. Recoil should be less, and the trajectory flatter, and so far reports on performance have been very good. You should be able to go out to 200 yards without too much worry or adjustment or hold-over :thumbup:

    LD
     
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  5. CraigC
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    Either will easily take deer to 150yds. The .350 shoots flatter and will give you more range but the .44 in the right gun with the right bullet will take game that is FAR larger and more dangerous. In fact, I would not hesitate to take all of the Big Five using a reliable levergun with the proper twist rate for the 300gr Punch load.
     
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  6. Ole Joe Clark

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    Either one is the right gun if you can do your job.

    Have a blessed day,

    Leon
     
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    The Legend fits about 15% more H110 in the case under the same bullet as the Max. On an even playing field, there’s no replacement for displacement.
     
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  9. MEHavey

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    Having both, the LEGEND is (significantly) superior to the 357 in sending a heavy bullet down range, irrespective of platform.
    Not only does the case hold 37% more powder (37 vs 27gr water), but operates at almost 60% higher pressure (55,000 psi).

    It sends a 180gr Hotcore 200 yards point blank minute of deer heart.
    https://thefiringline.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6760172&postcount=5

    FWIW: I'm also running a 240gr cast bullet out at 1,700fps from just a 15" rifled barrel.
    Give me 18-20"(standard short rifle) and you're looking at 1900fps w/ a very heavy/very efficient/very compact/very high BC cast cartridge just short of the 35 Remington.
     
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  10. horsemen61

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    I say get both!
     
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  11. LoonWulf
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    I may have to try running some .358s thru a sizing die, my BC wont comfortably chamber them but it isnt far off.
     
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