Minimum caliber size for deer. If any?
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The .243 would be the min. in my opinion.The .243 and 25-06 are great choices but my #1 go to deer cal. is the .270win.
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Posted 06 August 2008 - 08:49 PM
If you can still find one (check gunbroker.com), look at the Savage Sierra 10FCM in .243. It's my newest dedicated predator rig, identical to the 11F except it's 2" shorter, 1/4 pound lighter, and you get a detachable magazine instead of the blind internal magazine. It's consistently sub-MOA at the range and a pleasure to carry in the field. I paid an extra $20 over the 11F's price which is well worth it, IMO. For some reason Savage quit making them last year in favor of the Scout rifle...
Yeah im going to go with 243 in savage Model 11F.......Thanks all for all of your responses....
Posted 17 August 2008 - 09:25 AM
In Colorado we are regulated to a min of .243 caliber for big game in both rifle and pistol. In addition, pistols must produce 550ft/lbs at 50-yards. Another writer, which I can't remember the publication, recommends sectional density as the limiting factor. Based on my notes of the article it stated sectional densities should be held to the following: >.140 for coyotes, >.210 for deer and antelope, >.260 for elk and moose and >.300 for dangerous game. If you use these numbers as your guide it would require .224 caliber bullets above 75grns for deer hunting and .243 and .257 at 87grns and 100grns respectively. Lastly, you can look to PO Ackley and see that he (and I) believe that very light bullets traveling at high speeds kill better than one would think. In his book, "Handbook for Shooters and Reloaders", he writes of his use of a 17 Javelina to take Catalina Island sheep and a 220 Swift to cull Jennies (female jackasses) in the desert south west. Of course the shooting of asses was done prior to the introduction of the Wild Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971. If it were legal I would have no problem hunting deer and antelope with my 220 Swift using the same 55grn HPBTs I've used for woodchucks and coyotes. I hope this helps.
I am looking to get a new yote/deer gun and was wondering if there is caliber restrictions on hunting deer in ca if any? The caliber i am looking to get is 22-250..Thanks in advance for any responses..
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Posted 24 August 2008 - 02:21 PM
22-250 is legal for hunting deer in CA, but the question comes down to personal ethics. No one will yell at you for killing a deer with a .22 on steroids (.223 Rem or 22-250), but personally I would never go deer hunting with anything less than a .243My personal favorite is 308 Win.
CA DFG says " may only be taken by rifles using centerfire cartridges with softnose or expanding projectiles" so the 22.250 is legal. If you want to use that I would go with a faster twist than the standard 1:12" or 1:14", (try Savage) and shoot the 70 grain Barnes TSX or the 60 grain Nosler Partition. My personal minimum for deer is the 243 with the 85 grain Partition bullet.
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