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Picked up this Savage Axis ll in 350 Legend at a local show in February. Now I've been anti 350 Legend from day 1, but the gun was like new in the box and for $180 I figured it would be good trading stock next fall. While buying some powder at the LGS, I noticed they had some Hornady American Whitetail 170g 350 Legend ammo and grabbed a box.


I finished up all my winter gun projects last week, So I remounted the Weaver bases that came on the gun, mounted a scope and boresighted. Targets were shot at 50 yards. First two shots touched on all 3 targets and the third was a flyer on all 3 targets. Let the gun cool approx, 15 minutes on the last target, and the flyer was a little closer. Groups were .950, .875, and .825.

Not what I consider accurate, especially at 50 yards. Accu trigger is set at factory setting (3-4#??) and the stock is pretty flimsy. Gun functioned flawlessly except for the 3rd shot flyer in each group. I think maybe playing with the torque on the rear action screw would tighten up the group a little, and adjusting the trigger pull wouldnt hurt.


Just a quick online search shows these guns around $350 new with an entry level scope. The Hornady ammo was $18 a box. I think these guns are a pretty decent value for the money and more than accurate enough for the average Joe. With a little tweaking and some hand loads, I think it could be a real shooter. I'll probably let its new owner figure that out.
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Well, it does make some nice big round holes.

Sometimes a fixed parallax scope is more accurate at 100 than 50 yards. Never know until you try at 100.

Question: Did you make scope adjustments between groups? The groups moved quite a bit.

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Question: Did you make scope adjustments between groups? The groups moved quite a bit.
Yes I was making adjustments on the scope. The scope is a new Vortex Crossfire 3-9 x 50. Academy had these on sale this summer for $99 and I wanted to check them out. Pretty decent scope. If you notice in the pics there is less than a quarter inch of eye relief adjustment either way with the mounts and rings that are on the gun. I did struggle a little with the eye relief. Nice little gun and a lot of fun to shoot. I may even buy some more ammo and play with it some more.
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I have one of these in 7/08. (Maybe I said already). But this bugger may be THE MOST ACCURATE rifle I have fired.
May not sound like much to some. But OMG. I have loaded two loads. (So far) One I think maybe you have me! Anyhow. I decided on a starting load of H380 mostly cause I don’t use much of it and I have more than a pound. But also cause it puts 120 NBT into a single hole!!! It’s my wife’s rifle so I don’t want/need more than a 120 @ 2650 FPS. 😉

My own Legend is a RARR and with loads it likes it’s no slouch and more accurate than many.

I like it.

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I'm still trying to figure out what makes a .35 cal cartridge with a slightly undersized bore diameter "legendary"!
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I'm still trying to figure out what makes a .35 cal cartridge with a slightly undersized bore diameter "legendary"!
AMEN!!

Winchester was/is “ALL IN” here!!

Imagine if they could Make ammo! 😉

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I'm still trying to figure out what makes a .35 cal cartridge with a slightly undersized bore diameter "legendary"!
Ohhhh and lets not forget Winchesters claim to fame as the "Legend" being the fastest straight wall available. I believe Winchester targeted (pun intended) the non reloading crowd with this cartridge.
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I wish they would have just called it the .355 Winchester.

I said on day one that the moniker "Legend" was hokey.

But it is something new so I am enjoying tinkering with it. May hunt with it next season unless hunting season gets cancelled too.

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I'm assuming the 350 Legend is a short-action round? I see it as being right up there with the .350 Remington Magnum, but without the useless belt and as having a greater magazine capability because the case is not a bottle-neck affair...
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