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Old 07-19-2011, 07:09 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I previously posted a thread about a survival takedown rifle. After much concideration I’m thinking of getting a higher caliber hunting rifle.

Here is the Indiana Deer Hunting Law:

Firearms: Shotguns, handguns, centerfire rifles with legal cartridges, muzzleloading
long guns and muzzleloading handguns
are legal during the firearm season. Only
muzzleloading firearms are legal during the
muzzleloader season. It is illegal to have a
silencer while hunting. Laser sights are legal
for hunting deer.
Hunters may carry more than one type of
legal firearm when hunting during the firearm
season only.
Shotguns must be 10-, 12-, 16- or 20-
gauge or .410 bore loaded with slugs or
saboted bullets. Rifled slug barrels are
permitted. Combination rifle-shotguns are not
allowed.
Muzzleloading firearms must be .44
caliber or larger, loaded with a single bullet
of at least .357 caliber. Saboted bullets are
allowed, provided the bullet is .357 caliber
or larger. a muzzleloading firearm must
be loaded from the muzzle. Multiple-barrel
muzzleloading long guns are allowed.
Rifles with cartridges that fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger; have a
minimum case length of 1.16 inches; and
have a maximum case length of 1.625 inches
are legal to use only during the deer firearm
season. Some cartridges legal for deer
hunting include the .357 Magnum, .38-.40
Winchester, .41 Magnum, .41 Special, .44
Magnum, .44 Special, .44-.40 Winchester,
.45 Colt, .454 Casull, .458 SOCOM, .475
Linebaugh, .480 Ruger, .50 action Express,
and .500 S&


I know I don’t want a shotgun, and handguns- that’s another thread.



Can any of you recommend a good bolt action rifle in the calibers that are underline above. Remember it's still meant to be used as a survival rifle, but also mainly for hunting.

I like the Ruger GSR .308 which has a mag that holds 10 rounds, but i dont think those are legal to hunt deer here in Indiana.

Any suggestions!?

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Old 07-19-2011, 07:24 PM   #2
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Its right there in print. I would pick a caliber you like and search out a platform that fits you best.

Some guys here like to puch the limit and wildcat and other guys care more about the game then the weapon used to take the game.


I am going to use a .44mag this year in either a Winchester lever gun or a 77/44 if I can find one with a blued barrel.



You mentioned the .308. The only way in Indiana that you can legally use this caliber or any other bottleneck caliber is if it is used in a handgun.

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Its right there in print. I would pick a caliber you like and search out a platform that fits you best.

Some guys here like to puch the limit and wildcat and other guys care more about the game then the weapon used to take the game.


I am going to use a .44mag this year in either a Winchester lever gun or a 77/44 if I can find one with a blued barrel.



You mentioned the .308. The only way in Indiana that you can legally use this caliber or any other bottleneck caliber is if it is used in a handgun.
Nice to meet you mate!

As you can see i'm no gun expert

I'll look into the 77/44,thx!
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Good ol 30/30

Remington 700 (pick a caliber, I prefer 30-06)

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i dont think i can use a 30-30 or 30-06 for deer hunting here.....
Rifles with cartridges that fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger; have a
minimum case length of 1.16 inches; and
have a maximum case length of 1.625 inches
are legal to use only during the deer firearm
season. Some cartridges legal for deer
hunting include the .357 Magnum, .38-.40
Winchester, .41 Magnum, .41 Special, .44
Magnum, .44 Special, .44-.40 Winchester,
.45 Colt, .454 Casull, .458 SOCOM, .475
Linebaugh, .480 Ruger, .50 action Express,
and .500 S&

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Default Savage 24

For a survival rifle I like my Savage 24, .22lr 20 ga. The combinations are almost unlimited. The search is just half the fun.

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You can't use a 308 (case length 2 inches), a 30-30 or any other conventional rifle round because of "maximum case length of 1.625 inches". In addition, there's a .357 caliber minimum.

You are going to be limited to pistol cartridges >= 357 caliber. Of these, the most suitable and practical is 44 Magnum.

If you want a bolt action, get a Ruger 77/44 in 44 Magnum and go hunting.

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For what it is worth, I feel hunting with a 12ga. slug slinger can be a bit of a challenge but no where near as difficult as hunting archery. The recoil from such a weapon can be overwhelming at first if you are unfamiliar with firearms though. Just about my favorite part is the limited range of such a weapon. I can hit a target pretty well at 80 or 100 yards but just about anything further than that and the slug drops to the ground. That means I don't have to be quite as concerned about long range wild bullets or ricochets that find their way into the next county. My .243 has a much more extended range and I am always a bit paranoid that a poor backdrop or ricochet could really get some distance and do someone harm...

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You can't use a 308 (case length 2 inches), a 30-30 or any other conventional rifle round because of "maximum case length of 1.625 inches". In addition, there's a .357 caliber minimum.

You are going to be limited to pistol cartridges >= 357 caliber. Of these, the most suitable and practical is 44 Magnum.

If you want a bolt action, get a Ruger 77/44 in 44 Magnum and go hunting.
Thx buddy!

Any idea if i can shoot a target 100-200yrs with a 44 mag? Don't 44 mag have less stoping power? My concern is hitting a deer (in a critical hit area) and the bullet not having enough power to actually kill him. Thus making it suffer.

Out of all of these, which has good stopping power? I'm not hunting deer just for fun, i'm hunting
1. to learn to hunt
2. skin, field dress

.357 Magnum, .38-.40
Winchester, .41 Magnum, .41 Special, .44
Magnum, .44 Special, .44-.40 Winchester,
.45 Colt, .454 Casull, .458 SOCOM, .475
Linebaugh, .480 Ruger, .50 action Express,
and .500 S&
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Check out the Rossi package, my grandsons have a trio that they love.
Three weapons for less than $300.

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ROSSI S202244YBS 20/44M/22LR Y BL SYN S202244YBS

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