I have to say that the DNR has done a commendable job of determining what is legal and what is not, but you should always be very careful when choosing your weapon for hunting down state- or state-controlled property. If you have any questions, my best advice is to call the local conservation officer to make sure your hunting ground, whether public or private, and your choice of rifle and cartridge are legal. Additional cartridges that are legal under HEA 1231 include, but are not limited to: Legislative changes in these states allow the use of certain rifle and pistol calibers in addition to traditional snail rifles and muzzle magazines. The new laws allow rifles that are of the same caliber and use the same straight cartridges that are currently legal for use in handguns to be used in rifles for deer hunting. The new rules are intended to provide additional opportunities for hunters who own or want to hunt with these weapons. Rifles of these calibers offer a reduced recoil compared to larger shotguns, and rifles are more accurate than handguns of the same caliber. No cartridge with a bullet diameter between .243 and .308 is legal (like the .270 Winchester); A hunter can have no more than 10 cartridges of this type in the field. INDIANA (WFIE) – The Department of Natural Resources has clarified a recent law that legalizes certain rifles for deer hunting in Indiana during the 2016 season. Other legal cartridges running HEA 1231 include, but are not limited to, the 6mm-06, 6mm BR Remington, 6mm PPC, 6mm Remington, .240 Weatherby, .243 Winchester, .243 Winchester Super Short Magnum, .30 Carabiner, .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 and 7.62x54mmR. • The rifle cartridge must fire a bullet with a diameter of 0.243 inches (or 6 mm). or 0.308 inch (or 7.62 mm). No cartridge with a bullet diameter between .243 and .308 is legal (like the .270 Winchester).

House Registered Act 1231, passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law in March, allows the use of additional rifle cartridges only on private land during gun season. New legal cartridges include the .243 Winchester, .30-30 Winchester, .300 AAC Blackout and .30-06 Springfield. New legal cartridges include the .243 Winchester, .30-30 Winchester, .300 AAC Blackout and .30-06 Springfield. Other legal cartridges under HEA 1231 are as follows, among others: State hunting authorities have listened to avid hunters and adapted regulations to expand legal ammunition calibers to allow for more choice. Popular deer hunting states such as Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and others have revamped their laws to allow more choices for hunting deer and other wildlife, including rifles in .444 Marlin and .357 Max. Even with new legal deer hunting calibers capable of catching grizzly bears and buffaloes, there are still cartridges that can be used to hunt illegally on public and private lands. Michigan is also ahead of the growing trend of expanding calibers for deer hunting. Southern Michigan is known as the “shotgun zone,” but a change in Michigan`s hunting laws allows more hunters to use rifles.

Calibers that were previously banned are now legal. Michigan expanded its calibers in 2014 to allow the use of a .35 caliber rifle or higher loaded with straight cartridges with a minimum case length of 1.16 inches and a maximum case length of 1.80 inches. This basically means you can use your .357, .41 Specials and Magnums, .44 Specials and Magnums, .454 Casull, 460 XVR and the .500 Smith and Wesson. The .500 is the largest, but finding a long gun lodged in it is not a common thing. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has released a response to some of the questions raised by House Registered Act 1231, a new law that emerged from this year`s General Assembly and legalized certain rifles for deer hunting starting late this year. The DNR received many questions about the legislation. Most have to do with calibers and cartridges, which are allowed under the new law. Indiana`s change in law attracts the most attention due to some confusion from Hoosier State Hunter.

According to spokesman Phil Bloom, Indiana received several letters requesting that more calibers be approved, so in 2014 they passed regulations that allowed rifles using .357 caliber handgun calibers to be used on public or private land. But now things have changed. Originally, these changes allowed cartridges designed for pistols to be legally fired from rifles on private and public land, while a new law only allows their use on private land. According to a press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, questions have been raised about recent laws that have legalized certain rifles for deer hunting. The bill authorizes five calibers whose names are now legal and describes cartridge specifications that are also acceptable in rifles, but only on private property.