I like the rimmed Max better in a single shot. If I was going to do a bolt gun, it would be the 350 Legend.Might want to wait and see how the 350 Legend pans out too. The MAX however does still retain the ability to shoot MAG and Special which is kinda nice.
I would rather do the 357AR in a long gun just to stay away from the 9mm bullets/bore of the Legend.I like the rimmed Max better in a single shot. If I was going to do a bolt gun, it would be the 350 Legend.
RIght now my favorite centerfire is a Handi Rifle in .35 Remington. Shooting the 200 FTX over LVR at the Hornady book max load overlaps bullet holes at 100 yards and is doing 2331 fps at the muzzle.Only benefit (to me) in the 350 legend or the 357ar is a repeater. I figure as a mostly muzzleloader hunter, I should only need one shot so, the Max on an Encore or Contender platform is all a man needs.
I still have a huge stash of Hornady 180gr SSP’s on top of 28gr of Lil Gun (2450fps out of a 20” tube) and deer usually don’t make it over 20yds. Fury makes a great bullet but a little more pricey and the Speer Flat nose are great bullets for a cheaper shooting bullet that still will put a hurt on some of the biggest white tails and hogs.
my MGM barrel will cloverleaf at 100yds and hold about half MOA out to 300yds. I preferred my older 1/14 twist but my newer 1/16 is almost as good a shooter. You won’t be disappointed going with MGM.
Mine is about the same story except my first 20 or so was archery and slug gun (Indiana as well) then switched to archery and muzzleloader for about 12yrs and then started using the 357max when allowed by law (‘07-‘08) during firearm season. Archery is still my favorite season and weapon but the nerve damage in my neck and weakness in my arms and hands has made me switch to a crossbow. I received a handicap permit before they was legal for everyone but still fought to keep to using a vertical bow. That fight is over, I can no longer hold the draw weight.RIght now my favorite centerfire is a Handi Rifle in .35 Remington. Shooting the 200 FTX over LVR at the Hornady book max load overlaps bullet holes at 100 yards and is doing 2331 fps at the muzzle.
My first two years hunting deer were with a slug gun and then I switched over to muzzleloader for accuracy and range improvement. Shot only muzzleloaders for the next 15 years or so before Indiana legalized rifles. Still love my muzzleloaders, but that .35 Rem is a bit faster to reload. Although I have not needed a followup yet with it.