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Subject: “Caliber Restrictions for Deer Hunting”

Submitted by C from Check, VA on Friday, January 02, 2009.

Is the current restriction on center fire rifles to be .23 caliber or larger necessary? With the current popularity of the .223 rifle cartrige, what is the issue with this type of rifle? If the reg is directed at the caliber having sufficient kinetic energy to ethically kill a deer here is a question. Handguns can be used as long as they generate 350 ft/lbs of energy (this is basically anything 9MM and up). A .223 round generates approx 1700 ft/lbs of energy. If this rifle generates basically 4 times the required energy as a handgun, why is it not legal for deer hunting?