Why not just use a .22 lrHad planed on using light loads in 22 hornet or .223 for squirrel hunting. Not sure it's legal after checking. Can someone confirm or deny?
I have 2 reasons, One I would like to use the hunting rifles I have and a .223 barrel costs less than a nice .22. And two my suppressors are sealed and .22 LR should not be fired through them where as I can shoot subsonic .223 through it all day with no issues.
The biggest issue I have with updating every 4 years is the piecemeal way that changes are implemented. If the change takes 3 iterations of test runs to fully progress then that is 12 years passed by the time a rule is fully implemented. That is way too much time to pass rules that in many cases have a rather minor effect.Yeah...I'm not sure when they changed it. I'm pretty sure it was centerfire for small game for a while when it was manually operated. Then they allowed autoloaders, and that first year there were guys sniping stocked pheasants off the game land trails with scoped ARs at long range. 200-300 yards. Guys pushing fields with dogs and these AR guys shooting from bipods and shooting down lanes. I know I mentioned it to the food and cover guys, and they said they knew about it and were seeing what could be done.
That is what a lot of hunters had/have against allowing ARs for hunting. It brings out a certain type of person that would not otherwise bother to hunt, but if they can use an AR... They just want to shoot live targets.
I really wish there would be some actual discussion and thought going into all these changes. There should NOT be changes to the regs every single year. Changes should be discussed - in public - and kicked around for a few years. Regulation updates should only be made every four years or so. It is an outrageous that we lost rifles for turkey. And who knows how long this straight wall thing will last? How long before that gets changed back or they move to a case length limit after every one buys 45-70s? These changes need to be thought out.