If you've been looking for a deer rifle for Indiana, but just couldn't justify the costs associated with a modern rifle, a blast from the past will cure your aliment. If you are unfamiliar with Indiana, it is illegal to hunt deer with a rifle unless it shoots approved pistol cartridges OR
fires a bullet bigger than .357" and uses a cartridge between 1.16" and 1.625" in length. It makes no stipulation on what kind of cartridge, powder, or bullet can be used.
I got to thinking about using a breech-loading black-powder rifle that used paper cartridges. The gun I'm looking at for this would be a reproduction 1863 Sharps that fires a 54 caliber Improved Minie conical on top of a 1.2" paper cartridge loaded with modern black-powder. Now, why a breech-loading paper cartridge black-powder rifle? Easy to clean, easy to load, and my personal favorite AWESOME AS ALL GET OUT!!!
I posed my question and here is the answer:
Yes, a breech-loading black-powder rifle that had a paper cartridge at least 1.16 inches in length and no more than 1.625 inches in length and a bullet at least .357 inches in diameter is legal to use during the deer firearms season.
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:52 PM
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I have a question concerning the use of a black-powder rifle during firearm deer season. Would it be legal to use a breech-loading black-powder rifle that had a paper cartridge of the appropriate length and bullet of the appropriate size? I had in mind a 54 caliber rifle that used a black-powder cartridge between 1.2" and 1.5" overall length.