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Old June 22nd, 2020, 05:09 PM #1
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20 gauge slug gun vs. 350 Legend

I didnít want to derail the other thread on straight wall cartridge rifles for deer hunting, so Iíll post here. I have a Savage 220 That I purchased about 5 or so years ago. Itís pretty darn accurate shooting Remington Accutips. In MD I hunt a farm in Harford County. We have some very thick woods, some open woods, and a lot of fields. With that, depending on where I decide to hunt, shots can be anywhere from 30-50 yards in the woods to seeing deer farther than I could ethically shoot on the fields. Iím trying to decide if it is worthwhile to buy a 350 Legend (assuming the straight wall cartridge goes through) or stick with the Savage 220. As far as straight wall cartridge rifles go, I have a 44 Magnum lever gun. It would be ok in the woods, but limited on fields obviously. Any thoughts? Give me a reason to purchase a new rifle.
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Old June 22nd, 2020, 05:21 PM #2
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The only reason you need.....because you don't have one. That aside, I have a 220 as well. Taken dozens of deer with it...350 legend certainly won't do anything it can't already do. 200yds max on both. I think biggest benefits to the 350 are AR platform, and ammo availability/price. Lots of us going the AR route for fun.
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I debating between a 350 legend and a 450 bushmaster and currently leaning towards the 450. I have a 220 and while itís an accurate slug gun, it is not rifle accurate and good slugs are Expensive!!!!!

The 450 is on par with the 220 for bullet weight and velocity. The Legend is on par with a 30-30. Not a bad round but I feel like 30 or 40% more energy isnít a bad thing at 150 or 200 yards. The way my property is laid out, my typical shot is 125 to 175 yards and 200 is just as likely as 25 yards is.
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I'm going to wait and see. I love my 220 with accutips. Light, accurate, leaves big holes in deer.
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The only reason you need.....because you don't have one. That aside, I have a 220 as well. Taken dozens of deer with it...350 legend certainly won't do anything it can't already do. 200yds max on both. I think biggest benefits to the 350 are AR platform, and ammo availability/price. Lots of us going the AR route for fun.
I wouldnít be going the AR platform route. Actually I donít care to hunt with the AR rifle, so Iíd be looking for a bolt action if I were to purchase one. The 220 is pretty accurate, just curious how the 350 Legend would stack up against it. Ammo cost, while expensive for the 220, is really a secondary consideration.
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If you were hunting fields in a legitimate rifle county, you'd be in a better position with a rifle. But being limited to buying a straight wall rifle cartridge isn't going to give you any significant advantage over your Savage 220.

Buy a new straight wall by all means if you want to. But given the capability of what you have, hard to argue you'd need to.
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If you were hunting fields in a legitimate rifle county, you'd be in a better position with a rifle. But being limited to buying a straight wall rifle cartridge isn't going to give you any significant advantage over your Savage 220.

Buy a new straight wall by all means if you want to. But given the capability of what you have, hard to argue you'd need to.
I also hunt in WV, have family in Randolph County. I typically use my Remington 7600 30-06 there. True, no comparison between the slug gun and an 06. Now, if I could find a 350 Legend in a pump rifle Iíd be all over it.
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I also hunt in WV, have family in Randolph County. I typically use my Remington 7600 30-06 there. True, no comparison between the slug gun and an 06. Now, if I could find a 350 Legend in a pump rifle I’d be all over it.
My first (and still my favorite) deer rifle is the predecessor to yours....the 760. Mine is also in '06. Always wanted another one too, especially in 35 Remington, just because. Didn't work out that way, but I can see some similarity in thought here.

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If you're hunting heavy cover you want a heavy bullet. The accutip is 260 grain wha't the heaviest the 350 come with?
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