My modern day woods carbine

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  1. mongoslow

    mongoslow Member

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    Ruger MPR 350 legend...yeah a 350 but why ?
    Simple it's light and handy, I have 5,10, and 20 round mags for it, and it works for me out of a blind or woods walking.
    Power wise think 30-30, .35 . Both have harvested every game animal and predator in North America for over a century so that power envelope is good enough.
    Now I don't live in a straight wall restricted state, I live in Alabama so I can shoot whatever I want to but this thing just fit everything I need it to do, heck I have over 2/3 of the power of the 308 for about 1/3 of the recoil so I'm not worried about an anticipated flinch on pulling the trigger, also the MPR is lighter than my Savage 99 in 30-30 by a few pounds ( my 99 is a breakdown model made in 1927) and I don't have to worry about getting my Savage wet and dirty banging it around in the woods
    For ammo I've settled on 3 loads 160 Winchester bonded and 165 ftx hornady for dear and a hornady 170 grain interlock if I get a chance to chase pigs down in bibb County swamps.
    All in all I'm pretty tickled with the MPR so far , I topped it off with a Sig 2.5-7 x 32 scope which is plenty for the places I have to hunt with sight distances from about 30 yards out to maybe 150 yards.
    Just wondering if anyone else chose the 350 because they wanted to and not because of limited options they are allowed to use.
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  2. NIGHTLORD40K

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    Looks like the perfect hunt-anything anywhere anytime rig. Nice!
     
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  3. Armored farmer

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    I would like the .350 because I like to cast my own bullets.
    I understand .350lgnd works well with cast.

    Nice rifle.
     
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  4. The Happy Kaboomer

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    Check your velocities with a cronograph. With those heavy bullets in that little case you no way approach the power and distance of a 30-30 or 35. And the 308 bullet be there taking a break when you slow bullet gets there.
     
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  5. Chuck R.

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    I've thought about building one for using when we do drives here in KS.

    Currently I use my Rem M7 in .350RM, but would like to go to a faster 2nd shot. I'm on the prowl for a Rem 760 or 7600 that I can re-bore to; .338 Win, .358Win, .338-06, or .35Whelen depending on the donor caliber. I'd also cut the barrel down to 20". I've had zero luck finding a decent rifle and a good price. Rem pumps on the used market seem to go for $1000 plus these days.

    So at least in the short term I may put together a 350L upper, for at least till I can put together what I really want.
     
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  6. JCooperfan1911

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    YAWN ARs are boring! :D

    Just kidding. Beautiful gun and nifty caliber. Always on the shelf near me.
     
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  7. earlthegoat2

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    I’m in GA and also choose to use a straight wall cartridge. Primarily, I use 450 Bushmaster but I built a 350 Legend AR upper if I ever get the urge to use it. I sighted it in with 180 gr Winchester Power Points and figure they will do the job fine on deer and pigs.

    It’s nice that it is a light shooter too as my only AR has an XM-177 type stock on it which has very little surface area for impact.
     
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  8. mongoslow

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    Seems to compare favorably with the 30-30 to me and yeah the 308 is going to out run it bit it is doing it from a heavier gun with more recoil, I don't need 308 power inside of 150 yards which as stated is my longest shooting lane I have from a blind, and if I'm walking in the woods I'll be lucky to have a 50 yard open shot... I have a 308 and a 338 win mag if I want to shoot across corn fields but that isn't the purpose I bought the 350 for
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  9. FL-NC

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    I like it- I'm sure it will do what you need it to do just fine. 350 legend is the 1 caliber around here that seems to always be available- I guess it didn't take the market by storm to the level some people thought it might, so that's a win for folks like yourself. What's the blast noise like out of that gun, in that caliber with that brake? If I used it, I may want to make sure I had a set of muffs handy in the blind.
     
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  10. W.E.G.

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    I don't understand why anyone is running a muzzle-blast-loudener on any gun except a competition gun where you are at reasonable liberty to use all ear-protection available.
     
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  11. mongoslow

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    It's not as nasty as 5.56 but you definitely want the muzzle outside of the enclosure, im not sure why Ruger chose that design but I don't dislike it enough to change it
     
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  12. BigBlue 94

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    Is this more interesting? A 5 pound Ruger 96/44 with 10 rounds of 44 mag on tap. Ive got a 99/44 semi auto too. Both are light and stubby, perfect for walking the woods.

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  13. JCooperfan1911

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    More info on that .44 caliber banana clip conversion look great!
     
  14. scallop

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    I like the 350. In a sample of one, it got the job done for me last season, nice doe, ran mebbe 30 yds. I have a bolt gun CVA Cascade that I used and really like. Also have an AR pattern that shoots very well too.

    It may get my youngest back into hunting, as he is starting to build AR's and has expressed how neat it would be to take a deer with a gun he built himself, and loaded the ammo for himself. Fingers crossed for next season for him.
     
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  15. Frulk

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    Not a conversion. An aftermarket magazine. Company out of Montana makes them in limited runs. Pricey but American made to a high level of quality. Fits the Ruger M77/44…96/44 and the semi auto version Deerfield.

    Formidable camp carbine in bear country. 10+1 in the chamber in a semi auto 240 grain .44 Mag.

    Once you learn the trick of loading rounds into the mag its good to go. Mine has been reliable.
     
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  16. Raybj

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    I like my 350 legend. I put a Midway 18" barrel on a PSA 223 that I had in the closet.
    I cast , gas check and powder coat using the Lee 35 cal 200 gr mold. I size in a .356 Lee push thru die after powdercoating as I install gas checks.

    My loads on a chrono went a little over 1900fps with good function in my AR.

    Did shoot a really good whitetail buck in 2020 at 200 good big steps, I walked it twice. Hit him with a hi shoulder shot and took him off his feet.
    Needless to say I was really impressed. Since have shot several assorted varmits with no complaint..
     
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  17. BigBlue 94

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    Yup, as stated by frulk, IQ Munitions makes the magazine. Milled from billet and it is sturdy... Drive over it with a semi truck sturdy. It fit perfect in my 96/44 but my Deerfield Carbine needs just a scosh of wood removed. They also make em for the 77/357 rifles
     
  18. JCooperfan1911

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    That’s awfully close to the concept of Cooper’s Thumper. I like it.
     
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  19. brewer12345

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    I put one together. Killed a pronghorn at 75 yards with it last Fall, shot numerous beavers over the winter. I like the cartridge. It is ballistically efficient and you get deer killing power to 200 yards with minimal recoil, weight, etc.
     
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