Last year Winchester Ammunition unveiled their newest auto-loader-friendly hunting cartridge, .350 Legend. The hefty, straight-walled round used a 5.56mm cartridge to allow shooters to use existing AR-15 lowers as a host for their new round.

In fact, it was designed from inception to be a hunting round for shooters stuck in areas of the country that restrict hunting rounds to straight-walled cartridges.

For many, this prohibited them from hunting with anything other than a lever-action rifle. And as anyone with even a semblance of knowledge of firearms could tell you, firearms technology has advanced quite a bit since the days of lever-guns, lassos and stetsons.

Read More: Franklin Armor intros new .350 Legend pistols and rifles

But early adopters had to be wary — the history of forgotten calibers is lengthy and fraught with good ideas that fell by the wayside. So the fact that Rock River Arms, a historically budget-friendly company is beginning production of firearms in .350 is testament to the cartridge’s staying power. Check out the official release below.

Colona, IL – Rock River Arms, one of the industry’s most respected names in Modern Sporting Rifles and pistols, recently introduced a new .350 Legend carbine. This entry into RRA’s LAR lineup was developed as a modern hunting firearm with minimal recoil and dominant short- to mid-range capabilities.

The RRA LAR-15M CAR A4 350 Legend produces new advantages for modern hunters using straight wall cartridges. Delivering the power and accuracy expected from RRA's precision rifles and providing reduced recoil, the .350 Legend features a 16-inch chrome moly (also available in stainless-steel) cryo-treated barrel with 1:16 twist and equipped with an RRA military style brake. The RRA two-stage trigger provides a crisp break and is housed in the RRA winter trigger guard, allowing full dexterity while wearing gloves.

The RRA LAR-15M .350 Legend comes standard with a six-position Operator CAR stock, overmolded A2 pistol grip, and 13-inch extended lightweight free-float handguard covering a low-profile gas block and CAR-length gas system. The full-length top rail configuration fits all quality optic systems while the M-LOK compatibility provides for accessory attachments, such as a bipod and light source. A sturdy hard-plastic, ten round magazine, owner’s manual and warranty are included with the rifle.

RRA LAR-15M .350 Legend Specifications

Caliber: .350 Legend

Lower Receiver: Forged RRA LAR-15M Multi-Caliber Marked

Upper Receiver: Forged A4

Barrel: 16-Inch Chrome Moly or Stainless Steel, 1:16 Twist, ½-36 Thread

Muzzle: RRA Military Style Brake

Gas Block: Low-Profile Gas Block

Trigger: RRA Two-Stage / RRA Winter Trigger Guard

Safety: RRA Standard

Handguard: RRA 13-Inch Lightweight Free-Float, M-LOK Compatible

Buttstock: RRA Operator CAR Stock

Pistol Grip: RRA Overmolded A2 Grip

Weight (w/empty magazine): 6.8 lbs.

Length: 33-Inches Retracted

Includes: One 10rd Magazine, RRA Case, Manual, and RRA Limited Lifetime Warranty

MSRP: Model 350L1260 $1100.00 – Chrome Moly

Model 350L1360 $1150.00 – Stainless Steel

Perhaps budget is a stretch in this case, but it’s still a good sign to see more manufacturers adopting the round. Plus, the round offers similar kinetic energy to .30-30 win in an affordable configuration.

With the price per round as low as $.30 it might seem like a steep price to pistol shooters, but ask anyone who hunts with .45-70 and they’ll buy you out of stock.

Better yet, Winchester will soon be offering heavy, subsonic loadings. So, instead of shoehorning the round into a “hunting" label, it could be the next .300BLK — only way more powerful.

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