Illinois can use 450 Bushmaster/350 Legend type guns, what to get?

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  1. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    For shooting big bucks, what is the hardest hitting rifle that is legal to use in Illinois now? Or what do you recommend. Thanks
     
  2. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

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  3. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    Yea...that's what I want, thank you.
     
  4. Bradu

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    I would go with a good muzzleloader over those cartridges. You can get a lot better ballistics but you do sacrifice the chance of a follow up shot.
     
  5. twister

    twister Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    i like my bushmaster, thing is a hammer.
     
  6. Alibiiv

    Alibiiv Well-Known Member LRH Team Member

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    The 45-70, 444 and the .450 Marlin are not slouches either.
     
  7. sourdough44

    sourdough44 Well-Known Member

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    08CDC7AA-2FE7-4972-92BE-BE912FAA4783.jpeg Still plan to use my Knight ‘Elite’(45 Cal) for IL deer hunting. At some point I may consider switching to an allowable centerfire. I haven’t been watching the reg changes lately.

    My Knight in-lines(5) have been excellent at stacking up deer.
     
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  8. Scrumbag

    Scrumbag Well-Known Member

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    I'd go for a Ruger M77. Maybe the scout if you can't find the "regular" rifle?
     
  9. Buckfever34

    Buckfever34 Well-Known Member

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    Back when Indiana was restricted, I had a whole lot of luck with my .458 Socom.

    Farthest kill was 268 yards.
     
  10. Stevenstl86

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    1st or 2nd season? is this method allowed?
     
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    From the IL DNR 2019 Deer Hunting Fact Sheet.....

    LEGAL HUNTING DEVICES • Shotguns, loaded with slugs only, of not larger than 10 nor smaller than 20 gauge, not capable of firing more than 3 consecutive slugs; or • Single- or double-barreled muzzleloading rifles of at least .45 caliber shooting a single projectile through a barrel of at least 16 inches in length; or • Centerfire revolvers or centerfire single-shot handguns of .30 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches; or • On private land only, archery equipment may be used with a FIREARM permit ONLY during the Firearm Seasons Nov. 22-24 & Dec. 5-8.

    From the 2019/2020 IL Hunting and Trapping Digest....

    Can I use a centerfire rifle for hunting in Illinois? Or handguns? A: The following species may be harvested with a rifle or handgun: coyote, striped skunk, woodchuck, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, opossum and red and gray fox. We do not regulate the caliber of handgun or rifle that may be used, except on stateowned or managed areas, which normally allow only the use of shotguns or .22 caliber rifles. Squirrel, furbearers and woodchuck hunters may use a .17 caliber rifle on some state-owned or managed areas. No rifles may be possessed in the field, however, during firearm deer season except trappers can use guns with a caliber no larger than .22 during deer season to dispatch trapped furbearing mammals. Certain handguns are lawful for deer hunting. At all times when in possession of firearms, hunters must comply with all firearms regulations as outlined in the Illinois Criminal Code

    From the IL DNR Website.... << SAD >>

    Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations (Spanish)
     
  12. Stevenstl86

    Stevenstl86 Member

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    That’s what I thought. Thanks!
     
  13. WEATHERBY460

    WEATHERBY460 Well-Known Member

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    Its coming, just like crossbows last year.