I’ve spent more than half of my life hunting big game including deer. I had fired plenty of rounds over the years including .243 Remington, Muzzleloaders, and so on. A couple years back, I was introduced to the .350 Legend.
I heard some good things about it and decided to jump down the rabbit hole to see what it was all about. Apparently, it’s a straight-walled cartridge that is used on deer. It’s also designed for states that have some kind of regulations regarding these cartridges.
Yes, it can also be used for other types of game as well. I used a rifle that was chambered to fire these bad boys. The recoil is not too shabby.
However, I wanted a scope that I thought would be a good match for my rifle. I tested out so many different scopes. And as a result, I’ve decided to put together a review of the four best scopes for a 350 Legend.
Why Should You Trust Me?
Because this is what I do. I shoot and test scopes. I’ve also been a big game hunter since my youth. And I’ve spent a great deal of money and time on all kinds of scopes.
I know which ones can be good for almost any deer hunting rifle and which ones to steer clear from. But for the sake of a 350 Legend, it would be a good idea to try out one of these four I’m about to talk about below.
Hopefully, this review will be helpful in your search for your next best scope for big game hunting. If you plan on hunting with a 350 legend rifle, don’t miss out on one of these scopes. Let’s get started, shall we?
The 4 Best Scopes for .350 Legend
1. Bushnell Banner 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope
To begin, I will disclose that I’ve never used a Bushnell scope that I didn’t like. If you think I’m going to give you a negative review of this scope in particular, you’d be sorely disappointed. I’ve always liked Bushnell scopes and this one continues my sentiment.
Having said that, I’ve tested the Bushnell Banner 3-9×40 Rifle Scope out in the field. It’s lightweight but it sure is mighty when it comes to the way it’s built. That’s a good sign if you’re looking for a scope that is tough enough to handle the shock of every shot you take.
This is a good scope to have for a 350 Legend. I was using mine for deer hunting awhile back and I thought I’d find a good scope that could handle it. So I decided to try out the Bushnell Banner for myself.
Eye Relief and Clarity
When I first looked through this scope, I knew right away I made a good purchase. For one, the eye relief for me was pretty good. At six inches, I didn’t feel the need to look closer or farther away.
Second, the clarity was pretty good. I could see quite clearly what’s in front of me. The image quality was, in a word, impeccable.
You may be happy with the clarity as well. I think we might both agree that the Argon-purged fog proofing this scope deserves the credit in that regard. Another is that the lenses are fully coated with multiple layers of anti-reflective material.
It’s also one of the best scopes you can use regardless of what nature throws your way. I can be confident knowing this scope won’t steer me wrong on days when it’s raining or snowing. That’s because it has IPX7 waterproof construction.
Zero-In and Accuracy
If you’re worried about putting in a lot of work zeroing in a scope, my take is don’t waste too much time. I was able to take it out of the box and did little to zero it in. All I can do is attach it to my rifle and test it out for myself.
That’s exactly what I did. First, I installed it on my .243 Remington. I first tried it out with targets at 25 yards with no issues.
Then I moved it up to 50 yards. Finally, I was able to get plenty of accurate shots from targets at 100 yards out. Yet, I wasn’t satisfied – thinking I would be able to hit targets accurately from 200 yards away.
That’s exactly what I did. To be fair, the weather conditions were good – so it didn’t affect my shots in the slightest. For a scope that is not highly priced (but not cheap either), this was a scope that I think a lot of people would be cool with even if they didn’t spend an arm and a leg on a rifle scope.
So I figured, what the heck, it wouldn’t hurt to try it on a different gun. I easily removed it from one rifle and installed it on my 350 Legend rifle and away I went. I’m quite confident that the Bushnell Banner won’t fail me in the slightest no matter which gun I use.
Whether it’s a .243 or a 350 Legend that I’ll use to land my next deer, I know for a fact that this scope might just be the go-to if I want to use it. If you don’t want to spend too much on a reliable scope, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything like this on the market.
Now you can see some of the reasons why I’ve always had a healthy respect for Bushnell scopes.
The Pros and Cons of Bushnell Banner 3-9x40mm Rifle Scope
If you think this is a good rifle scope for a 350 Legend, then you might want to know about its pros and cons. I’ll do this with every scope I’ll review throughout this guide. Now, here’s the pros of the scope that I liked personally:
- The clarity is excellent. I was able to see the target in front of me with a clear view. No fog, no dirt, no problem
- The Dawn to Dusk feature made seeing the target in low light conditions easier. There are plenty of scopes that do a good job in such conditions. However, this is probably the best of the bunch if you are looking for something that’s affordable.
- Lightweight and tough. Just because it’s lightweight, doesn’t mean it’s weak. Its construction is second to none and tough enough to handle a 350 Legend or any heavy hitting rifle you use for big game hunting.
Now, let’s take a look at what I wasn’t too fond of:
- There were times when I wanted to adjust the scope because…well, I could. At first, it was a little difficult to do. But I was able to get it done. So if you need to make adjustments to the scope, be patient. It can give you a hard time at first, but rest assured of the fact that you don’t always have to make adjustments all the time.
- I didn’t see a parallax adjustment. So if you’re looking for a scope that requires this, it won’t be a good fit for you.
2. Burris Fullfield E1 4.5-14×42 Hunting Scope
Next, I’m going to talk about my experience with the Burris Fullfield E1 Hunting Scope. A friend of mine that I go hunting with regularly is a huge fan of the brand. If he were writing this review, I’m positive that this entire review guide would be pointless as he wouldn’t be persuaded to use any other scope.
That’s how much he loves the Burris brand. Yet, I digress. I decided to give this scope a try and I was happy with a lot of things with it.
Glass and Lenses
To start, let’s discuss optical glass and lenses. I was quite impressed with how clear it was. There was no glare to it at all so the sun wouldn’t hinder my view.
This also gave me a good look in low-light conditions. So needless to say, I was impressed with the image quality in almost every light setup imaginable. Granted the eye relief wasn’t as good as the Bushnell, but it was decent enough.
The reticle was great for me in terms of accuracy. If you’re someone who cares about that more than anything, you’ll want a scope like this and for good reason. Speaking of accuracy, I tested it out at the range (and in the field).
Accuracy from Various Distances
Like the Bushnell, I was able to easily hit targets from 25, 50, 100, and 200 yards out. Not bad, I thought. I also heard from other users that they were able to hit their targets no problem from 300 to even 500 yards.
So it never hurts to give that a try. If you are looking to knock down targets from a much longer distance with your Legend 350, you should get a scope that will give you a good look at your target from those distances.
Another one of the features that I liked was the spring-tension system. This is great for a scope that wants to handle all the shock, recoil, and vibrations a Legend 350 can produce. It’s tough and durable – and I cannot stress that when you look for a scope, you want something like that.
I have used scopes that would not function properly after several instances of recoil. And it’s a major pain to deal with that. The good news is you won’t run into that problem with the Burris Fullfield E1.
Good in Almost Every Weather Condition
The scope holds up well in weather conditions – good and bad. So the nitrogen-filled scope tube does an excellent job at making sure it’s not affected by what nature throws your way. It’s even good in cold weather as well – so if you hunt in November in the northern half of the United States, this will be a plus.
Zero In and Adjustments
This scope is easy to zero in. The adjustments are solid, maybe even a little tactical like. What bothered me a bit was it doesn’t make a clicking noise like you would normally hear when you’re adjusting the scopes settings.
But at least making these adjustments will be easier with this scope. Especially if you’re tired of scopes that have knobs that will be a chore to turn. Now, this is a great scope for those looking for something that is a bit more expensive – but not to the point where you’re spending too much.
Needless to say, the scope for the price it’s going for lives up to its value. I think it’s a good choice for you if you allow your budget range a little bit more breathing room. You can still find a good reliable scope on a budget.
If you feel that the Bushnell scope is paying too little for a scope, then this one ought to be the next step up. I’ve heard people pass up the opportunity to try a high-quality scope because the price was “too low” and they feared it would be cheap.
As I always say, “don’t knock it until you try it”. Good thing I can test out these scopes. Maybe sharing my experience will be enough to ease some fears that a budget-friendly scope isn’t so cheap in quality after all.
Nevertheless, if you are looking for a good scope that can help with longer range targets, the Burris Fullfield E1 should earn your vote of confidence.
Pros and Cons of Burris Fullfield E1 Hunting Scope
Now that we’ve gone over what you need to know about this scope, I’ll share with you the pros and cons. Let’s start with the pros:
- It’s a darn good scope for those who want to hit their targets accurately beyond 200 yards. With the right kind of scope, you can make your Legend 350 even more accurate.
- Excellent durability. It’s perhaps one of its more impressive features. It can withstand shock, recoil, and cold weather. No wonder why it’s got a lifetime warranty.
- The image quality is pretty good. It’s crystal clear and it doesn’t give you glare and fog. So you’ll be able to put it to good use without any hindrance.
Now here are the cons:
- Adjustments are a little bit on the “mushy” side. I kind of expected some clicking knobs. For that reason, be careful when you’re making the necessary adjustments.
- Eye relief is decent. But it’s not as generous compared to some other scopes I’ve reviewed.
3. Leapers UTG 3-12×44 30mm Scope
The next scope I want to talk about is the UTGLeapers 3-12×44 30mm. Thankfully, I have nothing but good things (and very little bad) to say about it. I’m not sure where to begin with this scope, honestly.
But let’s just say it’s an excellent scope for a Legend 350.
The tube is measured at 30mm, which is a good size. So I’m not complaining about it at all.
Personally, I don’t want a scope that’s too large for my rifle. If you feel the same way about that, then this could be a good option for you. Besides, I kind of hate having to install a scope only for it to stick out like a sore thumb once all is said and done.
Quick Power Selector Ring and Sight Picture
One feature that stuck out to me was the Quick Power Selector Ring. This comes in several different colors I noticed. The purpose of this was to brighten the reticle.
It’s also great to use in various weather and light conditions. So if it’s a little darker outside than it should be, let the light be your guide. I’ve been hunting on days when it’s dark and gloomy in the afternoon.
The sight picture overall is good. However, it probably won’t compete with the likes of your higher end scopes such as your Leupolds, Burris’s, and so on. But don’t worry about that – the clarity is more than good enough.
If I know anything about that, it’s a major pain to have to deal with a low amount of light. Especially at a time of the day when it’s hours away from sunset. So the scope’s light feature really helps in those situations.
The power adjustment is a challenge to switch on and off at times. But with some playing around, you’ll get used to it.
Not only that, it’s used to help you acquire targets quickly. It did a good job in that regard, so I’ll say that I’m impressed with it.
Turret and Parallax Adjustments
This scope has lockable and resettable turrets with click adjustments measured at ¼ MOA. I’m a sucker for making precise adjustments on my scope. So this was a welcoming feature.
Whenever I wanted to make certain adjustments, I could turn the knobs with ease. Not too challenging or too mushy.
Let’s just say that it put a smile on my face whenever I was able to do that. Some of the other scopes either may be too challenging to turn the turrets or they’re too easy to the point where you play with them all day.
I’ve played with too many scopes where the adjustments weren’t just as precise as I wanted them to be. So I’m quite satisfied with the scope allowing you to adjust by ¼ MOA increments. Not to be outdone, it has a Side Wheel Adjustable Turret (or SWAT) designed for parallax adjustment from 10 yards and beyond.
If there is one scope feature I would never want to leave out, it’s parallax adjustment. It can be your best friend in specific situations.
The overall construction was pretty rugged. So obviously it can handle the oomph of a 350 Legend. After I fired off over a hundred shots, its zero setting remained intact.
I didn’t have to reset it at all. If I’m being honest, I personally don’t like having to re-zero my scope as often as I have to. This scope will be a good fit for you if you’re someone who’s nodding your head and saying “my sentiments exactly”.
This comes with mounting hardware, which is convenient if you don’t want to spend extra on scope rings. Not a bad package deal for the price it’s going for.
The scope is a bit on the weighty side – which is understandable considering it’s a strong-looking unit. But there are people I know that wouldn’t want to install a heavy scope on their rifle (and that’s fine).
Overall, it’s a good scope that is available on the market for a decent price point. Why spend a ton on a high end scope when in reality you can get one that is at a reasonable price all while providing you with a good quality performance?
Pros and Cons of the UTGLeapers Scope
I think this is a dark horse option for many readers, I feel. Especially with some of the excellent features I’ve mentioned. Let’s take a look now at the pros and cons I’ve found with this scope in particular.
The pros are as follows:
- It holds zero pretty good after over 100 shots. Which is a check plus in my book.
- Comes with mounting software. It makes it easier to install without me ever having to hunt down for scope rings sold separately.
- Good image clarity. I don’t care if it lives up to the expectations of those that prefer the higher end scopes.
And now, we have the cons:
- The power switch for the light feature is a pain to flip on and off. Patience is required here.
- The battery that is included in the scope is not as great as far as longevity is concerned. Might want to replace it with a better battery.
4. Vortex Optics Diamondback Second Focal Plane Rifle Scopes
The final option I’ll be reviewing is from the Vortex Optics brand. I have heard nothing but excellent things about them. One of them is that the scope itself is legendary when it comes to its overall durability.
I scoured through hunting forums a long time ago and I keep seeing that name pop up all over the place. Especially when someone asks about a scope that can last them years. So I decided to see what the hub-bub was about.
To that end, I was able to purchase the Diamondback Second Focal Plane Riflescope. And I have been impressed with its overall performance. I don’t know where to begin in terms of the features.
Dead-Hold BDC Reticle
Let’s start with the Dead-Hold BDC reticle. It’s a great feature to have when I get targets lined up at various distances. Not to mention, the image clarity is outstanding.
I think you’d be amazed by it the first time you look through it. And it will provide you with an excellent advantage whether the target is situated 100 to 500 yards away. If you are looking for a scope that will give you an excellent clear view of your game targets at various distances, you’d be hard-pressed to find a scope like this anywhere else.
The scope is easy to zero in. And since it’s pretty dang durable, you won’t be surprised if the zero holds after hundreds of shots. I can attest to that having tested it out myself.
The warranty of this and all Vortex Optics scopes last a lifetime. Further proof that their scopes are undeniably one of the best in the business. If it’s defective, they’ll honor the warranty – no questions asked.
Eye Relief and Magnification
The eye relief on this scope is incredible. It’s a good few inches and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. Plus, the magnification levels from 3x to 9x was impressive.
I was able to see far away targets up close without the image clarity suffering. If you’re looking for a scope that won’t be too much of a pain when it comes to looking at things while using magnification, then this could be a scope you can attach to your 350 Legend rifle.
So now, let’s talk about how durable this scope really is. I didn’t mean to beat around the bush when I talked about durability from the start. The scope is made from 6061 T6 aircraft-grade aluminum.
It’s factory tested to ensure the best durability possible. So you know right away that it can withstand all the shock, vibrations, and recoil from a Legend 350 rifle. It’s always a good idea to get a scope that can hang with the heavy hitters.
It’s purged with Argon gas so it doesn’t fog up on the inside. From the inside and out, you get excellent protection from the weather. Rain or shine, this scope will go above and beyond for any hunter.
Elevation and Windage Adjustments
The elevation and windage adjustments are quite easy. Not to mention, they are precise as well. I can hear the clicking noises that let me know about the adjustments being made.
If there’s one thing that I like, it’s making those small, razor precise adjustments to ensure the scope is perfectly functioning properly. It’s the one feature I would include on a scope if I were able to build one from the ground up.
Overall, I have no complaints about this scope. In fact, it’s hard to come up with things that I hate about it. Maybe I’ll think of a couple.
But nevertheless, here’s what else I can say about this scope. If you’re willing to pay for a scope that is about a third of what you’d pay for a Leupold (we’ll say), then this could be the best option for you.
It’s dead-on accurate, built like a tank, and ensures that your 350 Legend rifle is as accurate as it can get from 100 to 500 yards. It’s a scope that will hold zero on almost any rifle you mount it to including a 350 Legend.
I want to be as objective as possible about each scope – so I can’t really pick a favorite. But if push comes to shove, this is one scope no hunter (myself included) could ever live without.
Pros and Cons
Well, I think at this point we know what comes next. So let’s go over the pros of this scope:
- Legendary durability. Stress tested at the factory and passed with flying colors.
- Holds zero after hundreds of shots.
- Performs very well in almost every weather condition fit for hunting.
So now, here are the cons:
- Despite being able to see targets clearly with magnification, target acquisition is slightly challenging.
- Hash marks are a bit smaller than I expected. If I take my eyes off the scope for a moment, it can be tough to look for them again.
Now It’s Your Turn
I hope this review has been helpful in choosing the best scope for a 350 Legend. Whichever one you choose, it should serve you well. Be sure to find one that’s a good fit not only for your budget, but also your personal needs and preferences in terms of how it performs.
You are welcome to comment below. Enjoy hunting!