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    Legal "Rifle" Cartridges for Deer

    I thought I'd start a list of legal cartridges for hunting deer with a rifle during firearms season.

    If you think of others, post up and I'll edit the list from time to time.

    .357 Magnum
    .357 Maximum
    .357/44 Bain & Davis
    10mm Magnum
    .38-40 (.38 WCF)
    .41 Magnum
    .44-40 (.44 WCF)
    .44 Special
    .44 Magnum
    .445 Super Mag
    .45 Colt
    .45 Winchester Magnum
    .454 Casull
    .458 SOCOM
    .480 Ruger
    .50 Action Express
    .500 Magnum

    Others possible wildcats I'm looking into:

    .35x39mm (7.62x39mm necked up to accept .358" rifle bullets)
    There is also a 9x39mm Russian cartridge, but it's doubful with current laws that any of these guns will ever get imported... I think they are all machine guns.
    .357 Auto (10mm Magnum Brass necked down in a .357 Sig die)
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    Thanks we have been discussing this at work. I thought the .450Bushmaster would have been on that list but I guess not.

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    Just my opinion only, but I think the 458 Socom may become a popular hunting round here in Indiana. It was developed for the AR15 platform, which is the most popular gun sold in the US. The 458 Socom satisfies the needs of the tactical shooters and is "deer legal" in Indiana. Its available in many factory loaded rounds suitable for hunting. It would also work nicely on feral hogs.

    Quote Originally Posted by kludge View Post
    possible wildcats I'm looking into:

    .35x39mm (7.62x39mm necked up to accept .358" rifle bullets)
    There is also a 9x39mm Russian cartridge, but it's doubful with current laws that any of these guns will ever get imported... I think they are all machine guns.
    .357 Auto (10mm Magnum Brass necked down in a .357 Sig die)
    If you go wildcat, go wtih the 358 WSSM. Its a standard WSSM case, trimmed a bit and then necked up to take a 358 bullet. D-Tech is currently chambering them in AR15 platform rifles and bolt actions. The round was SPECIFICALLY developed to comply with the Indiana law. It is probably the most powerful round developed that is "deer legal" in Indiana. This round beats the 358 Winchester Magnum by 100fps. I've been in contact with Mike about the development over the past year and its really progressing well. D-Tech Superstore Link

    Quote Originally Posted by NEOCON View Post
    I thought the .450Bushmaster would have been on that list but I guess not.
    The 450 Bushmaster, as well as the 50 Beowulf, are both too long. Neither are legal for Indiana hunting.

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    I would love to have a .458 SOCOM upper. Maybe next year if all goes well. Thanks for the info Melensdad.

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    Good thread since deer season is just right around the corner!

    Quote Originally Posted by melensdad View Post
    The 450 Bushmaster, as well as the 50 Beowulf, are both too long. Neither are legal for Indiana hunting.
    I'm sure that most folks will know that you mean "neither are legal for Indiana deer hunting", but I figured I'd clarify. I mean, if you were so inclined, you could hunt squirrels with the 50 Beowulf and the 450 Bushmaster.

    I can't figure out why they restrict the deer hunting cartridges so much, but don't put any limitations at all on what you can use to harvest squirrel?

    -J-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy_Guy_77 View Post
    I can't figure out why they restrict the deer hunting cartridges so much, but don't put any limitations at all on what you can use to harvest squirrel?

    -J-
    Because deer hunters sit in trees and shoot toward the ground and squirrel hunters stand on the ground and shoot up into the trees...

    Oh... wait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOCON View Post
    I would love to have a .458 SOCOM upper.
    Me too, but my wife would never justify the cost...

    I wish there was a 45 Winchester Magnum carbine or 10mm Magnum carbine a la Ruger's Deerslayer/Mini-14 or Kel Tec Sub 2000. A long time ago there was a guy that converted the 30 Carbine to .45 Win Mag... that would be a sweet deer hunting/home defense caliber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOCON View Post
    I would love to have a .458 SOCOM upper. Maybe next year if all goes well. Thanks for the info Melensdad.
    It is also on my 'short' list of uppers to buy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Indy_Guy_77 View Post
    I'm sure that most folks will know that you mean "neither are legal for Indiana deer hunting", but I figured I'd clarify.
    Yup. I wrote about deer hunting earlier in that post and simply PRESUMED that people would realize the implication. It was probably wrong to presume that.

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    How about the 45-70 round, in the cotender is legal for handgun but i am not sure about rifle form?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smooth308 View Post
    How about the 45-70 round. . . i am not sure about rifle form?
    NOT legal for deer hunting in Indiana with a rifle. Too long under the Indiana regulations. But the 458 Socom is roughly a ballistic equivalent of the 45-70.

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