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Old 06-10-2016, 06:39 PM
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I think the person or group that came up with these laws only like .243 or .308 caliber rifles lol Clearly they are morons..... I mean it is okay to use a 30 carbine but not a .444 marlin.... I'm lost...

The Department of Natural Resources has received numerous questions regarding recent legislation that legalizes certain rifles for deer hunting beginning later this year. Most questions have to do with calibers and cartridges allowed under the new law.

House Enrolled Act 1231 that was passed earlier this year by the Indiana General Assembly allows some additional rifle cartridges to be used only on private land during the firearms season.

The new legal cartridges include, but are not limited to, the .243 Winchester, .30-30 Winchester, .300 AAC Blackout, and .30-06 Springfield. Additional requirements are:

• The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches
• The rifle cartridges must have a cartridge case length of least 1.16 inches
• The rifle cartridge must fire a bullet with a diameter that is
o .243 inches (or 6 mm); or
o .308 inches (or 7.62 mm)
• No cartridges with a bullet diameter between .243 and .308 are legal (such as the .270 Winchester)
• A hunter may not possess more than 10 such cartridges while in the field

Rifles with pistol cartridges that have been allowed in previous years may still be used to hunt deer on both private and public land.

Additional cartridges that are legal under HEA 1231 include, but are not limited to, the following:

• 6mm-06
• 6mm BR Remington
• 6mm PPC
• 6mm Remington
• .240 Weatherby
• .243 Winchester
• .243 Winchester Super Short Magnum
• .30 Carbine
• .30 Herrett
• .30 Remington AR
• .30-06 Springfield
• .30-30 Winchester
• .30-40 Krag
• .300 AAC Blackout (.300 Whisper)
• .300 H&H Magnum
• .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum
• .300 Savage
• .300 Weatherby Magnum
• .300 Winchester Magnum
• .300 Winchester Short Magnum
• .300 Remington Ultra Magnum
• .308 Marlin
• .308 Winchester
• 7.62x39mm
• 7.62x54mmR

There are other cartridges that meet the law’s specifications, and there are others that do not. A partial list of cartridges that are not allowed under HEA 1231 includes the .270 Winchester, .38-55 Winchester, .444 Marlin, and .45-70 Government.

HEA 1231 is scheduled to expire after the 2020 deer season, at which time the DNR will submit an impact report to the Governor and the General Assembly.
Contact Information:
Name: Phil Bloom
Phone: (317) 232-4003
Email: [email protected]


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Old 06-11-2016, 09:13 AM
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The more I read on this new law the dumber it is!
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:12 AM
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Possibly an ulterior motive by the bill sponsors? Small steps possibly?
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:22 AM
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If ignorance is bliss, whoever wrote and passed that bill must be the happiest people on the planet!
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:24 AM
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Originally Posted by super_hunt54
If ignorance is bliss, whoever wrote and passed that bill must be the happiest people on the planet!
LOL! Ain't that the truth! They will allow 300 magnums, but not the .270, .444, or 45-70!
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Old 06-12-2016, 08:31 PM
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I agree with Champlain Islander there has to be an something they just aren't saying. There maybe even more stupid laws like this coming every where. As stated before there seems to be no reason for the cartiges chosen.
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Old 06-13-2016, 09:28 AM
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So, my 6.5x55 Swedish, 6.5x54 MS, 7mm Rem Mag, 9.3x62 Mauser, 375 H&H Mag and 450 Marlin aren't deemed adequate for deer in IN? What a bunch of idiots!
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Old 06-13-2016, 01:25 PM
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A wonderful case of no one having a single idea about ballistics... Okay to use a 30 carbine that produce around 900 ftlbs of energy at the muzzle but not okay to use a 45-70, 7mm mag etc.

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Old 06-14-2016, 03:31 AM
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What a wonderful bunch of fools that get elected, Not just there but every where. Another case of the rich not having a clue of how the rest of us live.

Those jerks have staff but it seems they think they are so smart they don't even bother to visit a gun shop (not a box one) or shooting range and talk to deer hunters there.

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Old 07-21-2016, 02:16 PM
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I have never owned any rifles other then a .22 and a .223 for a short period of time,living in Indiana never could hunt with them so never considered them. I might be in the market for one of these to hunt with. If I buy a rifle I'd like something without a ton of recoil so I can go to the range and enjoy it. Used to be only shotguns and as a kid I dreaded going out and sighting in the 12 gauge. I feel the .243 might be a little to small for my liking, if I decide not to get that what would be the next best choice?
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