Originally Posted by NMcCullough
I have to respectfully disagree. I agree that 22 cal centerfires should be (and now are) legal. When this was proposed, I had hoped they would place a bullet weight restriction on it (and they did). I am all for freedom to choose but I don't think we should make it so easy to make the wrong choice.
The readers and posters here are likely far more educated on bullet and cartridge choice than your average hunter. They also likely are far more practiced with their rifles. Many guys might see that 223 is legal, load up their AR with 55 grain FMJ or V max bullets and go hunting. It might turn out ok, but in many cases, we all know that the game they wound would not be recovered. Some of these guys would call their tag filled, but many others would keep on hunting and may continue wounding game. Go to Walmart and buy factory 223. Most of it is not suited to hunting deer sized game but those who don't know any different would likely use it because it's what is available.
I agree it's possible for someone with no experience going out and buying a Ruger 10/22 and going Elk hunting or buying the wrong ammo for their AR and shooting a dear. I think it's more likely that most hunters either have been taught by their parents or friends with the experience. Someone brand new to hunting, going out on their own with no help, is more than likely going to do alot of research before hand. Since hunters safety is mandatory alittle bit on round selection could be added. Actually it might even be part of the class already.
I think more animals are wounded from lack of shooting skill & buck fever than caliber choice. A far effective law would require a minimum of lets say 500 practice rounds a year be shot prior to hunting season. I can think of all kinds of laws to try and get the 1% of irresponsible people up to snuff. All of which punish those of us who are responsible.
I have my principles that I follow. For example, I use every scrape of meat off the carcass. I wouldn't however try to impose that principle on someone else via a law. I could educate and even look down on someone who doesn't if I chose to. I don't.
Montana doesn't have caliber restrictions. Maybe someone from there can chime in on it.