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K31 for Hunting In Colorado

Does anyone know if the K31 is legal to use for hunting in Colorado if I put a 'dummy' round in the magazine limiting the capacity to 4 + 1?

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Re: K31 for Hunting In Colorado

Ok, I'll show my ignorance. What is a K31?

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Re: K31 for Hunting In Colorado

Check the regs http://wildlife.state.co.us/NR/rdonlyres/393CEE85-2EA3-48B9-9480-7EDC216...

I believe that rifles for hunting were limited to 10 rounds max, but that was when the worthless brady bill was in effect . The only restriction I know of now are for semi-auto rifles where you can carry a max load of 6 rounds - both magazine and chamber combined.

It's only for small game and upland/waterfowl where your shotgun magazine has to be plugged to hold no more than 2 rounds + 1 in the chamber. For biggame I don't think they have a restriction, but then again not too many folks hunt with firearms that carry more than 5 rounds anyway.

What they are trying to prevent is skybusting and random non-well-placed shots on game. Indescriminate shooting is what they want to prevent.

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Re: K31 for Hunting In Colorado
ecubackpacker wrote:
Ok, I'll show my ignorance. What is a K31?

An old Swiss military bolt action rifle.

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Re: K31 for Hunting In Colorado

It is a Swiss rifle in the 7.5x55 caliber.
If I read the rules and regs right you don't even need to put a dummy round in the magazine. The only reference to the number of rounds is for a semi-automatic rifle witch can only hold a total of 6 rounds but nothing for a bolt action rifle. If you are worried about it holding 6 rounds in the magazine I don't know if a dummy round would be alright. If I had to I would put a spacer below the magazine follower to where you could only load 5 rounds in the magazine.

In reference to your other post about needing a crimp. What you need to do is load a few rounds, load them into the magazine and take the rifle out and shoot it. Then after a couple of shots measure the length of one of the loaded cartridges in the magazine and see if the bullet is jumping. In quite a number of years that I have been reloading I have only noticed it a couple of times. And that was with some quite heavy bullets.

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Re: K31 for Hunting In Colorado

I can no longer find anything in the division of wildlife regulations that limit your hunting rifle to 5 round capacity. I even checked the Coloado Revised Statutes under both the Criminal Code section for Firearms and even under the section regarding Wildlife and Parks, Recreation. There used to be a regulation restricting your rifle magazine and chamber 5 rounds combined for biggame hunting. I don't see it listed anymore. Maybe I'm just missing something. If it's a concern you can give their offices a call and ask to speak to an enforcement officer, ask if they can point you in the right direction in the regs regarding the rule if any still exists.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/RulesRegs/Regulations/

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In reference to your other post about needing a crimp. What you need to do is load a few rounds, load them into the magazine and take the rifle out and shoot it. Then after a couple of shots measure the length of one of the loaded cartridges in the magazine and see if the bullet is jumping. In quite a number of years that I have been reloading I have only noticed it a couple of times. And that was with some quite heavy bullets.

Generally the tips of the bullets will slightly flatten before the recoil results in seating them deeper. When that happens the only way to get a true measurement is to measure COL from the ogive and not the tip. I've never had recoil seat my bullets any deeper and I never crimp my hunting loads. Depending on the bullet type I have had many exposed lead spritzer tips flatten slightly.

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Re: K31 for Hunting In Colorado

Thanks for the info all. I had heard somewhere that the K31 wasn't legal for hunting in Colorado but couldn't find this fact anywhere. I am planning on sporterizing and hunting with it here. Thanks again.

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Not sure why it would not be legal. Some hunters use sporterized Springfield 1903 rifles in our state and all over the country, can't see how the K31 would be any different. Like I say, check the regs, don't rely on what you've been told or have heard. I provided links and suggested to speak to a fish and game enforcement officer. Ask them to tell you where that reg can be found if it still exists. All I'm saying is that I can no longer find the law in the regs or revised statutes of the state. Contrary to popular belief Texas has tighter gun laws than Colorado does. Colorado actually has some of the most lenient gun laws in the country, favoring gun owners, when you compare.

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It should be legal, but I would get verification from the DOW on the magazine capacity. Like Westernhunter, I'm pretty sure there is a limit of 5 rounds in a detachable box mag regardless of the action type. This may have changed though.

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