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Two Part Question

What is the smallest legal caliber for whitetail in your state and putting aside what is legal, what is the smallest caliber you would use to hunt deer?

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Well, I believe we can use

Well, I believe we can use anything .223 or larger here.  And, in my part of the state, that is probably adequate to shoot a deer with.  I would not personally use anything smaller than a .270 though, and I actually only own a 30-06.

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It must be larger than .23 in

It must be larger than .23 in Kansas and no smaller than a 20 guage shotgun with slug.  I used a 243 to kill a deer once.  Went right down.  The story about the guy that killed a deer with a 410 shotgun got me thinking about this.  It keeps nagging at me that it might not be legal to hunt with a shotgun that small and if it is legal, then perhaps it should be illegal.

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Minimum is .240 caliber here.  To me it's not only caliber but bullet weight I'd consider too.  The regs in my state also specify the minimum energy allowed also.  Smallest I'd take a deer with is a .22-250 if it was legal, it's not where I hunt deer, so I don't.  Minimum I'd use where I hunt deer would be .243 Win or .250-3000 Savage.  100 grain or heavier.  I've used both before.  Regularly I use .270 Win with 130 grain Grand Slams.

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I think the .243 is fine for

I think the .243 is fine for deer and I've taken one with it before, but I prefer my .270.  Just a little bit more bullet and power.

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