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Legal pistol for MN deer?
« on: July 21, 2007, 05:44:09 pm »
I know you can use a pistol pistol for deer in MN as long as it is one of the calibers listed in the regs.   But can you use a 270 308 etc in a encore pistol set up?  Does the barell have to be a certain length then it can be considered a rifle?  I know many people who use them all the time for deer but have never got a good explanation of how they are considered legal or not?

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Legal pistol for MN deer?
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Re: Legal pistol for MN deer?
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2007, 10:47:22 am »
Yes you can use any caliber that is 23 caliber or larger and a case length of I believe 1.1 inch or longer in all parts of MN open to firearms deer hunting. In both the rifle and slug zones they are legal.
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Re: Legal pistol for MN deer?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2007, 10:17:33 am »
Check your state game and fish regs..  Some states have a minimum barrel length, I know of none that have a max. length; except for Federal law of 15" for pistol an min 16" for rifle.  The longer barrel gives a few hundred fps for longer shots or better expansion with jacketed ammo.

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Re: Legal pistol for MN deer?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2007, 10:35:10 am »
What is your reference for a federal max pistol barrel length?  If you are right then all the Super  16 Contender barrels would be illegal.
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Re: Legal pistol for MN deer?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2007, 11:55:58 am »
There is no federal maximum barrel length on handguns ONLY a minimum on rifles which is 16". If you wanted to you could put a 40' (foot not inches) barrel on one. Now that would be some kinda sight radius if you used irons wouldn't it?  :o  ;D


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Re: Legal pistol for MN deer?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2007, 04:42:55 pm »
If you go to the Minnesota DNR web site under hunting --> deer --> in the center column at the top of the page it has a section named: "Legal big game rifle & pistol cartridges & shotgun shells".  Click on that & you will see what is legal.  Here's the basic definition:
 " Legal Big Game Rifle & Pistol Cartridges & Shotgun Shells
M.S.A 97B.031
At Least .23 caliber and case length of at least 1.285 inches"
                                                                                     
Here's the link for you to read listing all legal calibers:

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/hunting/legalcartridges.html[url]]http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/regulations/hunting/legalcartridges.htmlhttp://
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Re: Legal pistol for MN deer?
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2007, 04:45:48 pm »
If you wanted to you could put a 40' (foot not inches) barrel on one. Now that would be some kinda sight radius if you used irons wouldn't it?  :o  ;D

Ummm, I'd need a scope to see the front sight!!! ::) :o :D

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Re: Legal pistol for MN deer?
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2007, 06:47:01 am »
If you wanted to you could put a 40' (foot not inches) barrel on one.

Think galco makes a holster for that one? A little hard to get through the woods too.

Back to the original post, definately check the regs. In Illinois you can only use straight walled ammo, no bottleneck cartridges.
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