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.
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.
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.
Like most of you I'm certain, I love to shoot my guns. I enjoy shot after shot all day long at the shooting range… whether it is with one of my Shotguns, one of my rifles, or with my handgun… or when the crosshairs are on a big game animal in a safe shooting scenario. I love to shoot! What I don’t have the same excitement about is cleaning my gun afterwards.Now this is not going to be gun cleaning 101 as every kit comes with its own set of directions and the internet also has a great deal...