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Indiana law allows new cartridges for hunting

Indiana law allows new cartridges for hunting
Posted at 5:38 AM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 05:38:03-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new law in Indiana has allowed for more kinds of rifle cartridges to be used on private land during the firearms season.

House Enrollment Act 1231, passed earlier this year, will go into affect June 30, 2016 and end in 2020.

The following cartridges are legal under HEA 1231:

  • 6mm-06
  • 6mm BR Remington
  • 6mm PPC
  • 6mm Remington
  • .240 Weatherby
  • .243 Winchester
  • .243 Winchester Super Short Magnum
  • .30 Carbine
  • .30 Herrett
  • .30 Remington AR
  • .30-06 Springfield
  • .30-30 Winchester
  • .30-40 Krag
  • .300 AAC Blackout (.300 Whisper)
  • .300 H&H Magnum
  • .300 Remington Short Action Ultra Magnum
  • .300 Savage
  • .300 Weatherby Magnum
  • .300 Winchester Magnum
  • .300 Winchester Short Magnum
  • .300 Remington Ultra Magnum
  • .308 Marlin
  • .308 Winchester
  • 7.62x39mm
  • 7.62x54mmR 

The requirements for hunting are:

  • The rifle must have a barrel length of at least 16 inches
  • The rifle cartridges must have a cartridge case length of least 1.16 inches
  • The rifle cartridge must fire a bullet with a diameter that is .243 inches (or 6 mm) or 308 inches (or 7.62 mm)
  • No cartridges with a bullet diameter between .243 and .308 are legal (such as the .270 Winchester)
  • A hunter may not possess more than 10 such cartridges while in the field 

Rifles with pistol cartridges that have been allowed in previous years may still be used to hunt on public and private land.

For more information on HEA 1231, read the full law here, or contact Phil Bloom of the Indiana Department of National Resources at PBloom@DNR.IN.gov.

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