SHOT Show 2024: Winchester .400 Legend Ammunition Loads

The world of straight-walled cartridges has been enjoying some expansion lately, and Winchester has played a big role in that. New for this year, they’ve announced their newest loads in .400 Legend at SHOT Show in Las Vegas. The new lineup promises to broaden the horizons for many shooters who are fans of straight-wall cartridges. 400 Legend is the next logical step in the evolution of the company’s ammunition and has been proven in the field in recent months. Even better, the new loads offered are marketed as having best-in-class ballistics.

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The 400 Legend is now offered in three loads. (Photo credit: Winchester)

Winchester is pleased to announce its 2024 loads for the 400 Legend, including Deer Season XP, Super Suppressed, and Power-Point. The .400 Legend was designed to be a superior straight-walled cartridge with superior ballistics. The 400 Legend is a hard-hitting cartridge that’s fantastic for everything from deer to hog to black bear. It has a 300-yard effective range and offers significant advantages over other similarly sized cartridges.

Ben Frank, senior product manager for Winchester Ammunition, said:

The .400 Legend is a testament to our Winchester team that continues to drive innovation and cement Winchester as the leader in cartridge development. The success of .350 Legend and the loyalty it has built illustrates the tremendous value Winchester offers hunters and sport shooters alike. The .400 Legend is the next evolution in manufacturing high-quality products with superior ballistics.

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A new .400 Legend Super Suppressed load is now available. (Photo credit: Winchester)

Benefits of the .400 Legend include:

  • Energy similar to that of the .450 Bushmaster only with approximately 20% less felt recoil
  • More than a 20% increase in energy than 0-30 Winchester and 25% more energy than 350 Legend
  • 100% more energy than a 12-gauge slug at 100 yards but with 55% less felt recoil

Winchester Deer Season .400 Legend190 grain XP was created as a product engineered specifically for use by deer hunters. The load features an Extreme Point bullet with an oversized impact diameter, meaning greater impact trauma and improved energy transfer. Winchester reports this load has a muzzle velocity of 2,400 feet per second and muzzle energy of 2,430 foot-pounds.

The Super Suppressed .400 Legend 300-grain Open Tip Match load is designed for superior performance with a suppressor. This load is made for clean, reliable shooting and better noise reduction. Winchester reports a muzzle velocity of 1,060 feet per second and muzzle energy of 2,416 foot-pounds.

The company’s Power-Point load in .400 Legend is loaded with a 215-grain bullet. It’s created to be a high-performing round for hunters and sport shooters alike. Whether you’re chasing deer or shooting from the bench at the range, it’s a great option. Winchester reports a muzzle velocity of 2,250 feet per second and muzzle energy of 2,416 foot-pounds.

MSRP for Winchester’s .400 Legend load varies by specific load and round count. Ammunition can be viewed at the company’s booth at SHOT Show 2024.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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