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#2408455 - Sat Oct 22 2011 05:25 PM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: great white hunter]
mountainhippie Offline
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Registered: Tue Nov 28 2006
Posts: 8917
Loc: Newark, DE
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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#2408486 - Sat Oct 22 2011 05:48 PM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: great white hunter]
JGR Offline
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Registered: Sat Aug 14 2010
Posts: 1172
Loc: PA
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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#2408606 - Sat Oct 22 2011 07:50 PM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: JGR]
mossie Offline
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Registered: Sun Dec 19 2004
Posts: 1800
Loc: PA
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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#2409033 - Sun Oct 23 2011 12:54 AM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: JGR]
brute750 Offline
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Registered: Fri Mar 18 2011
Posts: 239
Loc: Lackawanna County, 3D
 Originally Posted By: JGR
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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#2409183 - Sun Oct 23 2011 08:26 AM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: JGR]
Tony300wby Offline
old hand

Registered: Tue Nov 30 2010
Posts: 907
Loc: Pa. Lehigh
 Originally Posted By: JGR
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

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#2409200 - Sun Oct 23 2011 08:35 AM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: Tony300wby]
treedaddy Offline
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Registered: Thu Feb 05 2009
Posts: 975
Loc: Indiana co. Penna.
A big bore is poor replacement for good shot placement,
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#2409215 - Sun Oct 23 2011 08:43 AM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: Tony300wby]
great white hunter Offline
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Registered: Mon Jan 29 2001
Posts: 36551
Loc: greensburg
 Originally Posted By: Tony300wby
 Originally Posted By: JGR
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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#2409225 - Sun Oct 23 2011 08:47 AM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: great white hunter]
YankeeHunter Offline
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Registered: Fri Jul 27 2007
Posts: 9677
Loc: Wayne Co., Pa
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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#2409269 - Sun Oct 23 2011 09:07 AM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: JGR]
John S Offline
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Registered: Tue Jul 25 2000
Posts: 38864
Loc: Lancaster,PA,Lancaster
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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#2409939 - Sun Oct 23 2011 06:36 PM Re: Caliber minimum for deer? [Re: John S]
overthehill Offline
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Registered: Sun Mar 25 2007
Posts: 481
Loc: beaver county, pennsylvania
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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