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Smallest commonly available centerfire (in terms of caliber) I can think of is 17WSM... would be perfectly "legal" for use on deer...But by the letter of the law, you could chamber a rifle in 25ACP or 32ACP and be just as "legal" despite the completely inappropriately low muzzle energy of those rounds...This is why a lot of states set their arms/ammunition regs based on a minimum energy level... some at muzzle, some at 100 yards.There"s no perfect solution though, as holes can be poked in either method of regulating arms/ammo use. Both can exclude/include borderline or completely effective options.
The 17wsm is rimfire, not centerfire, so thats legally out in pa. Afaik, 5.7x28mm (which is a 22 cal., centerfire, bottleneck round
about 22 mag velocities) or 22 tcm are prob the weakest semi-common rounds out there. As mentioned 25 acp would technically be weaker, but larger diameter bullet, if chambered for rifle. 17 hornet would be in there on least energy in a rifle round also.
The Pa Game Commissioners voted unanimously on July 25 against any minimum caliber restriction (i.e. 24 caliber) for deer and bear. Article was on PennLive last night. They cited the reason was all the public feedback they received against setting 24 caliber as a minimum. For what it"s worth, I emailed against the 24 caliber minimum because my kids are just starting to hunt and my oldest daughter will use a .223. So... currently, you must use a centerfire rifle for deer and bear no minimum caliber.
The 17wsm is rimfire, not centerfire, so thats legally out in pa. Afaik, 5.7x28mm (which is a 22 cal., centerfire, bottleneck round
about 22 mag velocities) or 22 tcm are prob the weakest semi-common rounds out there. As mentioned 25 acp would technically be weaker, but larger diameter bullet, if chambered for rifle. 17 hornet would be in there on least energy in a rifle round also.
If they"d separate the bear and deer - i could get behind a minimum caliber for bear. Just my opinion, but I just don"t believe that a 223 or 22-250 or whatever is sufficient for bear for anything less than an ideal shot.
If they"d separate the bear and deer - i could get behind a minimum caliber for bear. Just my opinion, but I just don"t believe that a 223 or 22-250 or whatever is sufficient for bear for anything less than an ideal shot.

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Was the promake .24 restriction a backend way of keeping the “scary black rifles“ out of the woods if the commission ever votes to approve them?
Was the prodo .24 restriction a backend way of keeping the “scary black rifles“ out of the woods if the commission ever votes to approve them?
Probably was, but it"s moot now that the BOC unanimously voted the restriction down at their meeting last week.
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