Re: Pistol action Pros and cons
Indiana has some really weird regulations regarding what cartridges can be used for deer hunting, and what platform they are fired in.
The most common hunting weapon is a slug gun.
Muzzleloaders can be used during the firearms season as well.
Pistols can be used, the basic requirements are .243 and larger caliber, brass length (without the bullet) cannot be less than 1.16" in length. Heck, it would be legal to use a .50 BMG if it was chambered in a pistol platform.
"Rifles with pistol cartridges" can be used, but the brass has to be between 1.16" and 1.625" in length without the bullet, and the bullet diameter has to be .357" or greater. There are no rules on whether the cartridge has to be straight walled or not, so that leaves the door open to some wildcats, but from what I can cook up, a pistol is the best route to take for distances over 300 Yds.