New: Winchester 400 Legend Straight-Walled Cartridge

New from Winchester is 400 Legend with a straight-walled design for use in states that restrict bottle-necked cartridges for hunting use. The new cartridge will be available in July.

posted on May 2, 2023
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New 400 Legend from Winchester has a 215-grain Power-Point bullet.

Winchester’s recently introduced 400 Legend is a straight-walled cartridge with moderate recoil and excellent terminal performance, particularly in hunting situations within 300 yards.

The straight-walled design of the 400 Legend qualifies it for use in several states that restrict bottle-necked cartridges for hunting. This heavy-hitting cartridge is ideal for deer, pig, black bear and other big game with significant advantages in ballistics performance, recoil and penetration.

Here are 400 Legend cartridge benefits and features from Winchester, with a note that the Power Point bullet was used to generate all data:

  • Similar energy as 450 Bushmaster with 20 percent less recoil.
  • More than 20 percent more energy than the .30-30 Win., and 25 percent more energy than 350 Legend, with greater penetration.
  • 100 percent more energy than a 12-gauge slug at 100 yards.
  • 55 percent less recoil than a 12-gauge slug.

The arrival of 400 Legend comes four years after Winchester released the popular 350 Legend cartridge.

“As the leader in cartridge development, the 400 Legend is a testament to our Winchester team that continues to prioritize innovative products and our world-renowned brand,” Ben Frank, the senior product manager for Winchester Ammunition, said. “Our recent successes in the development of the 6.8 Western and 350 Legend demonstrates our ability to offer hunters and sport shooters tremendous value. Our legacy in manufacturing high-quality products with improved ballistics is unrivaled.”

According to Winchester, 400 Legend ammunition will begin shipping in July, and 400 Legend-chambered rifles will be offered in the coming year from Mossberg, Ruger, Savage Arms, Winchester Repeating Arms, CMMG and more. The company also made a YouTube video you can watch with more information. Learn more at


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