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.35 Rem..........trim the cases for deer here in IN, pop a few this fall and then go after some pigs.

Tryng to decide on scope, want to vape a groundhog off a ditch this weekend.

Ordered Magpul .50" riser to better line up with the medium Burris Signature Zees.

 

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Got a Leupold VX1 2-7X.
Kinda disappointed. Thing is comfy in recoil.
Was expecting, even wanting, a thumper.
See how it does on deer. Might change it to .22rf and keep it as a squirrel rig only.
Trying to decide if I want to "forest floor" home camo dip the furniture or krylon a home version of Predator Fall grey.
 

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Work tomorrow on a hot day, in a foundry........to pay for the scope.
Xmas usually has snow and cooler temps ;)
 

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You check the rules on that setup?
 

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Yes I have.

FWIW we can even use SBR's for deer in the consolidated firearms deer season.

But this isn't an SBR, it has a 16.25" bbl.
 

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I had at one time wanted to convert a Rem 7600 to a .308 handgun for deer here in Indiana.
But SBR in handgun form, is still a rifle..........and to use it here for deer it has to run a legal rifle cartridge.........so being a .308 killed that idea.

I'm pretty up on the rules and a lot more too. But thanks for asking.
 

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Work tomorrow on a hot day, in a foundry........to pay for the scope.
Xmas usually has snow and cooler temps ;)
I started in a foundry and work at a forge works now so I definitely feel your pain!!! What really sucks is July and August are just around the corner. :mad: Oh well, that's just another reason to look forward to deer season.

Now exactly why can't hunters use a rifle in Indiana? I never understood that one.
 

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We can use rifles for sport hunting of deer, but they are limited to .35 and larger cal and 1.16 to 1.8" case length.

"regular high power rifles" are legal to take deer under special nuisance permit, but this is pre regular hunting season and is a bit more involved.

"regular high power rifle" cartridges (like .308, .270 etc) are legal in handguns in the reg deer hunting season (.24 cal and up, min case length 1.16", no max...........bbl has to be 4" or longer).

The intent I believe is to keep the tooling to medium and short range. The exceptions being the larger rifle rounds in pistols or guys making wildcat cartridges for rifles............these folks aren't your average deer hunter, spend a bit more time and $ (usually) and as such, are not of the profile to jump out of a truck and blast away across a field at some 300 yard deer, not knowing what or who is behind it in the immediate or distant treeline.

Of course, we have some rubes who do that anyway.

But the average person is an idiot, doesn't matter if they hunt or not, or own a gun or not...........so IMHO the state has to play the odds.

Must say, a .44 mag rifle is a lot less punishing than a high performance slug from a 12 gauge and with hunting folks getting older, trying to keep them in the sport, and get new folks in, the "cheaper to shoot and less recoil stuff" is popular.

Back to hand "rifles".........or XP and TC stuff (and other) in rifle cartridges. Most of those rigs are scoped for longer distance and with an extended eye relief scope...........you are pretty limited in shot selection. Such rigs typically are for more "set up" shot scenarios. My bud runs a 7mm-08 striker to cover his dad's back ditch, 200 yarders, with hill backstop......he sits on opp hill on shooting sticks or bipod and dumps them when they stop.

Sitting in the deep woods and popping a trotter at 50 yards offhand, with such a pistol............might as well forget it. Rifle or shotgun with a low power scope and the shot would be easy.

Pluses and minuses to everything :)
 

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BTW, I spent 20 yrs in electornics manufacturing, climate controlled stuff..........pretty sweet.
Now I'm a grunt in the muck.
Oh well, I earn my paycheck honestly, always have.
No sin in doing that, no matter what the pay or type of work.
 

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Why not get a .44-40 or .45LC Lever gun? My 24" 1892 clone is very accurate. It is a .44-40. If you look at the data you can add 500fps because of the barrel length.
 

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I was thinking of a 357 Maximum. Possibly a trimmed 444. Maybe just go with one of the big pistol cartridges like the 454 Casull.
 

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Why not get a .44-40 or .45LC Lever gun? My 24" 1892 clone is very accurate. It is a .44-40. If you look at the data you can add 500fps because of the barrel length.
I am no lever gun fan, even though I've had a 94 Big Bore .307, a .30-30 Canadian centennial, and three 9422M's. Oh yeah, I had a Marlin 1894 .44 mag also.

My dad is a .45 LC fan, but I hate the cartridge, as I do .223 and .357. Just don't like 'em.

Have had several .44 mag handguns and taken deer, was fun. Even used my dad's 1966 Ruger Sporter auto in .44 mag to blast one. Cool rig. If I want to run a straight walled "pistol" type of round that's what I'd use.

I want some form of bullet uspet and an honest 200 yard rig. So that leaves me to play on the other side of what's what. Might get it, might not, intent is to drive 180 gr single shot pistol bullets as fast as I can. Think the 16.25 inch bbl will keep them down a bit.
 

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Mowed the yard, no Sunday beer............do I retreat to the garage and spray bomb my stock or not?
 

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WOW! That is a 16.25" barrel? That thing looks handy! Very sweet indeed.
 

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It's dang light, so followthrough is going to be picky (if one wants to shoot tight groups out a ways).
Hope to get it to the range this coming weekend.
 
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