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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-22-2011, 09:25 PM
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Re: Caliber minimum for deer?

I read in a Capstick book about a Cape Buffalo being brought down with a .22 hornet. I think it was The Last Ivory Hunter.

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There is no minimum caliber you can use in PA. There is for muzzle-loader, and archery. But I could legally take my .17 HMR bolt action or .22 revolver, But not my Desert Eagle .50 cal, my ranch 30, or my 12 gauge 1100?!?
And for the extra money, if I can even get the doe tag.
I get 1 week to shoot a doe, not a buck, with my muzzle-loader. I'll save the couple dollars and carry my bow.

Sometimes this commenwealth is dumb.

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As long as it's centerfire caliber doesn't matter in the firearms season.

I personally saw a doe taken at around 100 yards with one shot cleanly dropping it where it stood by a .222 rifle. I remember thinking that I felt bad that he didn't have a more suitable rifle for deer hunting when we left the camp that morning. He took deer with it every year and never felt undergunned. This was at least 35 years ago but I still remember it very vividly to this day. My friend that shot it passed away last year.
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And for the extra money, if I can even get the doe tag.
I get 1 week to shoot a doe, not a buck, with my muzzle-loader. I'll save the couple dollars and carry my bow.

Sometimes this commenwealth is dumb.
If you were using a flintlock, you would get an extra 4 weeks to shoot a doe, or maybe even 2 doe if you don't get a buck.
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There is no minimum caliber you can use in PA. There is for muzzle-loader, and archery. But I could legally take my .17 HMR bolt action or .22 revolver, But not my Desert Eagle .50 cal, my ranch 30, or my 12 gauge 1100?!?
And for the extra money, if I can even get the doe tag.
I get 1 week to shoot a doe, not a buck, with my muzzle-loader. I'll save the couple dollars and carry my bow.

Sometimes this commenwealth is dumb.
You can NOT legally hunt deer with your 17HMR or a 22 rimfire.

You claim that the commenwealth is "dumb". Is it "dumb" because you dont agree with the regulations or that you dont understand them?

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A big bore is poor replacement for good shot placement,

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Re: Caliber minimum for deer?

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There is no minimum caliber you can use in PA. There is for muzzle-loader, and archery. But I could legally take my .17 HMR bolt action or .22 revolver, But not my Desert Eagle .50 cal, my ranch 30, or my 12 gauge 1100?!?
And for the extra money, if I can even get the doe tag.
I get 1 week to shoot a doe, not a buck, with my muzzle-loader. I'll save the couple dollars and carry my bow.

Sometimes this commenwealth is dumb.
You can NOT legally hunt deer with your 17HMR or a 22 rimfire.

You claim that the commenwealth is "dumb". Is it "dumb" because you dont agree with the regulations or that you dont understand them?

Good luck, Tony
Yup, Has to be a centerfire!
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Re: Caliber minimum for deer?

You can kill a deer with a 22LR or 22 Mag (not legally), but should you? I would make sure whatever centerfire round I chose to use would be one I was proficient and accurate with and guarantee a swift merciful kill.

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Where did you ever get the idea you can legally hunt deer with a .22 or .17 rimfire. After that rant about dumb, you may want to reconsider who you aimed it at.

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every year same debate. yes, .17 remington centerfire, .204 ruger, 22-250, .222, .223 etc. are legal for deer in pa. do they kill deer? yes. are they a good choice for an average hunter? probably not. at the other end of spectrum are those that proclaim a .300 win mag is too light. to each his own. one thing to consider is that most of the .224 diameter bullets are either target or varmint and not suitable for deer size animals.
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