I have both and have taken deer with both. The .44 magnum has a max range of about 100 yards. It really drops after that. The 350 Legend gets you out to at least 150 yards and 200 is doable. However, the places I hunt in the thick woods, anything past 100 yards is not recommended due to possible bullet deflections due to brush. In that case, it's a toss up. I have killed 3 deer with a Henry lever action .44 magnum and 2 deer with the 350 legend. Farthest one was 75 yards. The .44 magnum seemed to hit them harder but none of them went more than 50 yards. So if your shots are 100 yards and in, you probably won't see a big difference. But if you hunt somewhere where you can get a shot past 100 yards, the 350 Legend will shoot flatter and have a longer maximum point blank range over the .44 magnum.Good info on the 350 Legend. I have been thinking really hard on getting one for deer hunting here in Ohio. 44 mag is really good for deer hunting, which I have. However, I think the 350 might have a bit more reach. Just wondering how the two would preform head to head. Maybe even throw in the 445 mag and the 444 Marlin. That would be a good comparison for lever action rifles. Then you would have to look for the availability of ammo. 350 Legend would be the most available, then maybe the 44 mag, which is still hard to find. Thanks for the info.
The first year I took my youngest son deer hunting, we set up on a down hill slope overlooking a small creek by a large Oak tree. We were sitting in a couple of small fold up chairs as we waited for it to get light out and the legal hunting time window. As we waited I seen a doe approach from the north. I was sitting where the doe could see me and couldn't move. I whispered to my son to get up behind the tree, lean out and take the shot. As my son moved into position, the doe looked away. At that time I told him to take the shot. He slowly leaned out and squeezed the trigger. BAM! As I sat there I seen a small branch half way between us and the deer (about the diameter of my pinky finger), explode! The deer jumped up in the air, did a 180 degree turn, ran 20 yds, turned 180 degrees and ran 50 yds and stopped. It had no idea where the shot came from. While that happened, I had my son chamber a new round and position himself for another shot. I still didn't move and couldn't see the deer, because it blended in so well with the back ground. My son could see it, it had it's backside towards us. I told my son to aim at it, but not shoot until it turned some. As the deer turned, I could see it. My son squeezed off another shot, the deer jumped in the air and dropped to the ground,,,,,DRT. What's the point? The 44 mag did deflect at about 30yds as you have pointed out. I would say just about any bullet would do the same thing, that's hunting in the woods / brush. I'm not sure it would be much different with the 350 Legend at that point, but I do agree the Legend has more range. Good info by the way.I have both and have taken deer with both. The .44 magnum has a max range of about 100 yards. It really drops after that. The 350 Legend gets you out to at least 150 yards and 200 is doable. However, the places I hunt in the thick woods, anything past 100 yards is not recommended due to possible bullet deflections due to brush. In that case, it's a toss up. I have killed 3 deer with a Henry lever action .44 magnum and 2 deer with the 350 legend. Farthest one was 75 yards. The .44 magnum seemed to hit them harder but none of them went more than 50 yards. So if your shots are 100 yards and in, you probably won't see a big difference. But if you hunt somewhere where you can get a shot past 100 yards, the 350 Legend will shoot flatter and have a longer maximum point blank range over the .44 magnum.
I basically agree with what you said. I much prefer the 6.8 SPC for hunting in an AR platform rifle. However, as you mentioned, I do sometimes hunt in a state that only allows straight wall cartridges where I can't use the 6.8 SPC. Hence the 350 Legend. I would much rather use the 350 Legend over a shotgun with slugs or a muzzleloader. The one other thing it has going for it over some other AR calibers (300 blackout, 6.8, 450 Bushmaster, etc.) is lower cost of ammo (excluding 5.56/.223 here). So if you wanted a lower ammo cost AR but wanted more "knockdown" than a 5.56/.223, the 350 Legend fits the bill.Not trying to rain on anyone's parade here. I assure you I truly do not care what cartridge people choose, the make or type of their firearm, the manufacturer of bullet they choose or any single variable. If you like it and are satisfied, then that's all that matters to you and no one else.
I feel like the 350 Legend is another solution looking for a problem and is over-advertised and over-hyped by today's market of people wanting the "next best thing".
In my opinion, the "legend" really only excels in 1 single category; states requiring a straight wall cartridge of at least .35 cal for deer & game hunters in otherwise shotgun only zones. And the fact that it works in a standard AR lower now makes it very popular and intriguing to the masses, especially with key marketing name like .350 Legend.
Comparing it's external ballistics to the age old .30-30 Winchester is quite interesting and worthy of a quick comparison on Hornady's website for factory ammo with the 160gr FTX in .30-30 to the 165gr FTX in 350 Legend.
Again, for those of you who love it, I am happy for you. And I have absolutely zero doubt in it's ability to take game within it's respective performance envelope. But for the gentlemanly sake of this hobby, let's have a real discussion about how legendary it actually is.
Edit to add: I know the test barrel length's are different on Hornady's websites, but I'm pretty sure both cartridge's have burnt most of their powder by 20" and don't have much to gain.
Great to see results on that round. Thanks !Thanks for the report. I hunted deer with mine last season and had good results with the Hornady 170gr ammo. I have had even better results on some large hogs. I have taken them with the Hordany ammo and also the Browning and Winchester Deer Season ammo. View attachment 72501 View attachment 72502 View attachment 72503