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Old 12-25-2008, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default Pa rifle requirements for deer

I was always under the impression that the minimum caliber for PA deer hunting was .243 caliber. When I checked the regulations there does not appear to be any projectile caliber or weight requirements for either deer or bear. Am I missing something orare there no requirements.
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Old 12-25-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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Default RE: Pa rifle requirements for deer

under "Big game regulations" "lawful arms and ammunition:" Deer and bear: regular seasons

manually operated centerfire rifles, handguns, and shotguns with all lead bullet or ball, or bullet designed to expand on impact.

muzzleloading long guns 44 cal or larger, muzzleloading handguns 50cal or larger

elk do have a minimum caliber of .27 and atleast 130gr bullets. deer and bear have no caliber restrictions other than it must be a center fire....17 rem, 22hornet etc would be legal to hunt bear and deer with if you so desired. i never remember PA having a caliber restriction other than must be centerfire.
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Old 12-26-2008, 09:19 AM   #3
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Default RE: Pa rifle requirements for deer

You must use a 58 caliber flintlock, mix your own black powder from raw elements, cast your own bullets, wear 1,500 square inches of blaze orange, you can only hunt between the hours of 9:00am and 11:00am, and you can only shoot a buck if it has at least 6 points on one side.

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Old 12-28-2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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mauser is exactly right

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