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C.G.
03-09-2005, 2:20 AM
I know I could find the answer eventually, but I thought I would save some time: 1) Are ten round mags OK to hunt with? 2) What is the least caliber allowed for wild pig and deer? Thank you in advance.

C.G.
03-09-2005, 2:20 AM
I know I could find the answer eventually, but I thought I would save some time: 1) Are ten round mags OK to hunt with? 2) What is the least caliber allowed for wild pig and deer? Thank you in advance.

Greg Beck
03-09-2005, 7:07 AM
Make an accurate shot and you will only need one round. Pigs can be tough and dangerous so a repeater is called for. My friend butchers about ten deer a year. He definitely does not like the high powered cartridges for deer as they destroy to much meat. A .270 will blow a 5 inch hole in a deer. He uses a 6mm rem for 2 inch holes.

Ted_Bell
03-09-2005, 8:28 AM
It's hard to believe, but there is no mag capacity restriction for hunting in california. Was hunting with an m1a with 20rd mag once and came upon a game warden, and I asked him the question. For any big game hunting, the bullet must be larger than .22.

chickenfried
03-09-2005, 8:54 AM
DFG link reiterating what Ted Bell says.
Ask a warden (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/coned/tracks/tracksbiggm2004_11.pdf)

Snorkel Bob
03-09-2005, 11:28 AM
Big game must be hunted with a center-fire cartridge, with a soft-point or expanding tip bullet

C.G.
03-09-2005, 1:12 PM
Thank you, guys, you've saved me a bunch of time. Just trying to make sure: .223/5.56mm would be legal to hunt pig and deer, right? Not that I would necessarily want to do that.

Rascal
03-09-2005, 6:42 PM
I personally would not hunt pig with 5.56/.223. 7.62/.308 yes, but not 5.56/.223.
Pigs will kill you and eat you, if given the chance. Three inch+ cutters on a 250 pound pig can do alot of dammage.

C.G.
03-09-2005, 11:25 PM
I totally agree, I would use a .308; I am just trying to find out the legalities.

ivanimal
03-12-2005, 10:59 PM
I wont hunt pigs with anything less than a Bazooka. http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif Dont ask me why.

delloro
03-13-2005, 8:48 AM
you may legally hunt pig, deer, elk and bear with a .25 ACP if it has hollowpoints.

deer with a .223 is dicey, you would have to use the best bullets and carefully place the shot to be humane.

I don't think I would use one on a pig.

fred1814
03-13-2005, 9:38 PM
Where can you go wild pig hunting in so. cali


thanks

Rascal
03-15-2005, 12:57 PM
Look up Tejon Ranch. It's by the Grapevine on I-5.
It costs, but you have your best chances of getting one.

TrailerparkTrash
03-19-2005, 1:59 PM
I usually hunt my CA deer with either my .223 or my .243. People gasp when they see me hunting with my bolt action .223.

Then they vomit when they see my hunting friend (a CA game warden) hunting deer with his .222 Remington!!!!!

Shot placement is key and 99% of the time I won't take a shot at deer beyond 200 yards when using my .223. I get a deer in the D-8 or D-9 zones almost every year. Been doing that for the past 10 years.

The smallest caliber I used for pig was my .243. Usually I'll use my .308 for the hogs. I only used my .243 once and that was on a deer hunting trip in Tuolomne county. I just happened to stumble upon a hog and I always carried a pig tag with me. I took the shot and he went down. He didn't die right away, it took about 5 minutes of huffing and puffing on his side. But by the time I hiked up to him, he was dead.