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    350 Legend or 450 Bushmaster?

    My son and I hunt deer in Ohio, which is a straight-walled cartridge state for deer hunting. He is interested in buying a bolt gun for Ohio deer hunting. Either caliber is available in that platform (he's not interested in the AR platform). This rifle's use would be Ohio deer only, as he has a .30/06 for hunting deer (or any other quarry) in other states. Of the two calibers, which would you recommend?

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    Out of those 2 it would be 450 Bushmaster. Why not a lever gun in a straight wall?
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    Pro's and cons to each.
    What type of hunting, stands, drives, still hunting?
    Recoil sensitive?
    Is ammo cost a factor?



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    Like Vooch states, it is hard to make a recommendation without knowing what type of hunting your son will be doing. I would lean to the 450 Bushmaster for most woods hunting. The 350 legend for open fields and longer distances as you will have less hold over than the 450 Bushmaster.
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    Well I can tell you this from experience with the 450 Bushmaster. Within 50 yards its as potent as my 45-70.
    I have no experience with the 350 Legend but from videos I've seen and other forums looks like an excellent hunting round.
    450 Bushmaster does have quite a kick, and is probably more than a deer hunter "needs" but it sure does a good job
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    Both are solid choices.

    From what I’m seeing, if I were buying for me, I’d be picking up a 350 Legend.

    cheap, low recoil, good accuracy, good range.
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    Not sure how the 350 will turn out long term.( Remember the 307, 356, 375?). Big splash but didn't float.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papalote View Post
    Not sure how the 350 will turn out long term.( Remember the 307, 356, 375?). Big splash but didn't float.

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    I would wait on the 350 until it actually has staying power on the open market. Remember how big the 224 Valkyrie was recently? One can't find ammo for it locally now.
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    Flashes in the pan.

    What is out there for the last 100 years or so will suffice for almost any needs.

    The difference I see is like the .350 Legend being a cartridge basically intended to be used in an AR platform, and being straight walled it can be used where regulations mandate it. The .350 side tracks stupid regulations. To me that gives it a level of legitimacy. Cartridges will end up in many platforms, single shot, lever guns, bolt, pump...

    Existing calibers have the ballistic spectrum is well covered where allowed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryan alder View Post
    Why not a lever gun in a straight wall?
    My Ohio deer centerfire rifles are a Classic Model 1895 and a 1894C. Although my son has killed deer with a lever, he's more of a bolt guy. (O.K., so he's a disappointment to his father - there, I've admitted it. ).

    To answer additional questions raised by some, he is not particularly recoil sensitive but has stated that, at the range, after about 10 shots with a .45/70, he's ready to move on, so to speak. As to type of hunting, the 100-acre farm we hunt is a mix of both woods and fields. Some shots are close, but there are shot opportunities out to 100 to 200 plus yards upon occasion. He hunts out of a ground blind, ladder stand, or elevated box blind.
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