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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-29-2017, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Is it true that PGC is allowing semi auto rifle for hunting?

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For small game and varmints, not currently for big game or turkeys. I would expect that to change in a year or two.
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the Governor passed it but the GC did not. Found out today at a gun shop in Philly.


http://fox43.com/2017/03/28/pa-game-...-game-hunting/


A majority of hunters opposed and the GC sided with them....which makes sense... it is a bit unsafe. Open country is one thing but in the woods of PA probably not.

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the Governor passed it but the GC did not. Found out today at a gun shop in Philly.


Pa Game Commission says ?No? to semiautomatic rifles for big game hunting | WPMT FOX43


A majority of hunters opposed and the GC sided with them....which makes sense... it is a bit unsafe. Open country is one thing but in the woods of PA probably not.
With a 5 round mag limit there would be no more shots fired than with pumps or levers. Half the people who were opposed to it didn't even know what mag limit was.
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The beauty of this decision is that States Rights are intact. In other words no big Federal all encompassing policy or law makes each state abide by a Washington DC choice. That being said, I have no quarrel sharing the forests and foothills with hunters who choose to arm themselves with semi-auto big game rifles. Years ago, I was stationed in Michigan with USAF and my 1st Sergeant often went hunting with me. His rifle was a Remington auto-loader in 6 mm. He was safe with his rifle.

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Wonder whether I will be ale to shoot varmints with my semi 22 rimfire auto pistol

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Wonder whether I will be ale to shoot varmints with my semi 22 rimfire auto pistol
Right now it looks like semi auto pistols are excluded. I hope that to will change in the future.
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No they are not legal. And yes, the PGC got that decision correct.


How does it feel? to have a minority speak volumes for the majority? Yup... Stings huh? That's why Sunday Hunting will never come to Pa. 1950 called, it wants it's "tradition" back...

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Right now it looks like semi auto pistols are excluded. I hope that to will change in the future.
yeah see no reason to not allow someone to hunt squirrels or rabbits with a ruger 22/45 or browing buckmark. Hopefully the allow pistols for small game soon.
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I couldn't wait for PA to make up their minds what to do about pistols... So I got a Browning Buckmark rifle.


A little modifications to a mag to make it legal, she drives tacks at 50yrds. Just need to work out to 100 and see what it can do.

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