PCR's 101: How to tell what is legal.


This is a list of PCR RIFLES that will be legal during deer season following approval by the Attorney Generalís Office and Governorís office.

After signing, they will then be legal for the firearms portion of deer season effective starting in 2007.

The rifle must fire a cartridge that meets the following specifications:

Some cartridges that will be legal include the following:



The following are also legal cartridges, but less common.


.357-44 Bain & Davis
.357 Remington Maximum
.357 Special Magnum
.375 Atomic
.40 Maximum
.401 Bobcat (using either 1.29" or 1.40" case lengths)
 10mm Rimmed Magnum
.401 Herter Powermag

.41 Swiss
.41 Special
.44-40 Winchester
.44 Auto Mag
.440 CorBon Magnum
.445 Super Mag
.44 Smith & Wesson Special
.45 Winchester Magnum
.45/50 Kodiak
.450 Bonecrusher
.458 Devastator
.458 SOCOM

.458 X 1.5" Barnes

.475 Wildey Magnum
.500 Smith & Wesson Special
.500 Wyoming Express
.500 Phantom
.50 Action Express Rimmed
.500 Linebaugh

.500 Linebaugh Long/Maximum
Peabody Musket



No fully automatic weapons may be used of course.

Other than that, the type of rifle is not limited.

The number of rounds the gun holds has not been limited, due to the fact currently legal shotguns are not limited and can hold just as many rounds.

Bolt action, single shot, lever action and semi autoís are all legal, provided they fire ONLY LEGAL cartridges.

(ie, a RIFLE which fires both a .410(legal) AND a 45/70(NOT legal) would NOT be legal to use)

Other cartridges are also legal, just as long as they meet the cartridge dimensions listed above.


*In addition, another item that may prove useful is a go/no go gauge suggested and drawn up by a fellow member of Hunting Indiana.



It is in PDF format, and you may download a template HERE.


Keep in mind you must print it out at 100% for it to be accurate, and it should be printed out on a stiff medium for best results.




The 30-30, 30-06, 444 and 450 Marlin, 45-70 government and MOST OTHER RIFLE cartridges are NOT LEGAL TO HUNT DEER WITH IN INDIANA if fired from



They ARE, however, legal to hunt deer with if fired from a PISTOL . . .

As per the IDNR:

"Handguns, other than muzzleloading, must have a barrel at least four inches long

and must fire a bullet of .243-inch diameter or larger. The handgun cartridge case,

without the bullet, must be at least 1.16 inches long. Full metal-jacketed bullets

are not permitted. A handgun may not be concealed. Handguns are not permitted on

any military areas. Some types of handgun cartridges legal for deer hunting include

357 Magnum, 41 Magnum, 44 Magnum, 44 Special, 45 Colt, 45 Long Colt, 45

Winchester Magnum, 35 Remington and 357 Herrett.


Some illegal handgun cartridges for deer hunting are 38 Special, 38 Smith and

Wesson, 38 Colt New Police, 38/200, 38 Long Colt, 38 Super, 38 ACP, 38 Colt Auto,

45 ACP, 45 Automatic and 45 Auto Rim. All 25/20, 32/20 and 30 carbine ammunition is

prohibited also.


Muzzleloading handguns are allowed. The muzzleloading handgun must be single shot,

.50 caliber or larger, loaded with bullets at least .44 caliber and have a barrel at least

12 inches long, measured from the base of the breech plug excluding tangs and other

projections to the end of the barrel including the muzzle crown."


REMEMBER, it is 100% up to YOU to make

sure you are using a confirmed legal caliber,

NOT the guy at your nearest gun store.


I will add to this list as other cartridges are found which meet the stated criteria.

I hope this helps remove any confusion.

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