Winchester steals cartridge show with new .350 Legend
By Kristin Alberts
The .350 Legend rounds we fired on the range were these 150-grain Deer Season XP Extreme Points and 145-grain FMJ Target, though a 180-grain Power Point option will also be available. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Each year, one or two new cartridges steal the SHOT Show. This year, the accolade falls to Winchester, who kept things pretty well under wraps until Industry Day on the Range in Boulder City, Nevada. There, with 40+ MPH winds sending dust storms through the desert, shooters pulled the trigger for the first time on the .350 Legend.
The sole platform to chamber the new rounds is Winchester’s budget-friendly XPR bolt action line of hunting rifles, though more platforms are sure to join the fray. Three types of ammunition will be releasing simultaneously with the rifles. Naturally, these are all Winchester-brand ammunition, and they include: 145-grain FMJ Target rounds, 150-grain Deer Season XP Extreme Point, and 180-grain Power Point. While cost is often a prohibitive factor with new cartridge announcements, ammunition for the .350 Legend should be affordable, with FMJ’s slated to sell for $9.99.
The folks at Winchester were tight lipped until the launch of the new round at SHOT Show, though multiple company spokespeople hunted whitetails successfully