Rifle Hunting Suggestion.....

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by chrstian_indy, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. chrstian_indy

    chrstian_indy New Member

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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!?
     
  2. Twentyfootdaredevil

    Twentyfootdaredevil New Member

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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.
     

  3. chrstian_indy

    chrstian_indy New Member

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    Nice to meet you mate!

    As you can see i'm no gun expert :(

    I'll look into the 77/44,thx!
     
  4. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    Good ol 30/30

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

    :cool:
     
  5. chrstian_indy

    chrstian_indy New Member

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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&
     
  6. dampoo

    dampoo New Member

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    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.

    Dampoo
     
  7. natman

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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.
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  8. Werminator

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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...
     
  9. chrstian_indy

    chrstian_indy New Member

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    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&
     
  10. dampoo

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  11. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    You can easily hit targets at 100 yards with a .44mag revolver let alone a rifle,ESPECIALLY with that Hornady 225gr Flextip ammo,200 should be no problem with a rifle.I would say .44 mag is going to be the best options out of your selection,either that or a good shotgun with a scope.