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Thread: Entry Level PA Hunting Rifle/Caliber Opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skywalkrNCSU View Post
    Could certainly be, I don’t hunt in PA so I’m not familiar with their regulations. I briefly looked over them before posting and didn’t see any restrictions for deer but I would do more research before going that route for sure.
    I didn't see any for deer, but didn't bear either which was a bigger surprise.

    Most hunting regulations seem to be a blend of Fudd mythology, anti gun vendettas(noticed no self loading rifles and handguns for PA), and even anti hunting fantasies rather than anything with a basis in science/reality.

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    It is permissible to hunt big game with a 223 in PA. There are elk but it is a draw and it is difficult to get a tag. Hunting whitetail with a 223 is fine with good bullet selection.


    In my opinion a 308 best suits your described needs followed by maybe a 6.5 creedmore, simply because they are popular and work well for their intended purposes. A 30-06 or a 270 are also popular and would work well but offer no advantage over a 308 in PA.
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    I just learned that PA has elk. Are they as big as Rocky mountain elk?

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    Yes they are. Racks even bigger.

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    That is awesome. Been a while since I shot my last bull.

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    A couple years for my last bull too. The abnormally large racks in PA are due to a lack of genetic diversity. Large bulls but an unhealthy herd overall. We're trying to fix it but ironically diversifying the genes means the antler size will most likely decrease in size.

    Smaller antlers but a healthier herd. Hard to sell hunters on that reality.

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    I would hope that most hunters realize that healthy herds equate to longevity. I know that some elk generations from now are better than no elk.

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    Healthy herds are one thing, 400+ bulls are another. Telling hunters they should simply accept losing 100 inches for the sake of "healthier" genetics is a tough sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twm134 View Post
    Healthy herds are one thing, 400+ bulls are another. Telling hunters they should simply accept losing 100 inches for the sake of "healthier" genetics is a tough sell.
    Yeah .... Just let em hunt in Chernobyl!

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    Economical means .308.

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