Agree..... again there is no magazine capacity limit in Cali for rifle or pistol hunting, pre ban Hi cap mags no pistol grip you are good. I get in this argument all the timeWinxp_Man said:California is any centerfire cartridge. And magazine capacity is not an issue. Except that the law is no high cap mags for CA expect 10 round mags. So I can legally take my 10 round .223 AR-15 and go deer hunting.
In New York State you can use any centerfire rifle to hunt big game where it's legal to hunt with a rifle. It's on page 24 of the New York Hunting & Trapping, 2011-12 Official Guide To Laws & Regulations you get when you buy your hunting linsence.Etkini said:Like jerrschmitt said, it depends on the state. Southern deer are a lot smaller than northern deer, as northern deer obviously have to deal with the cold.
***In New York it's a .243 or larger*** (minus Albany County, which is shotgun only), while in Vermont it's a .223, Connecticut is 6mm or larger on private land, 20 gauge or larger on state land, Massachusetts is shotgun only, Pennsylvania is .23 or larger (NO semiautos), Colorado has a minimum caliber of .24 and minimum 70 grain bullet (elk is 85 grain minimum) with 1000 ft/Lbs energy at 100 yards, Texas is any centerfire rifle.. and that's just the ones I know off the top of my head, and not even counting pistol\muzzleloader.
The ethical caliber..well it depends on how much you trust yourself, how well you can shoot..etc. I've taken a small deer with a .22LR..many with a .30-30, a few with a .30-06 and this year will try out the .308 on them. I've never lost or had to track a deer more than 50 yds...