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    i understand that semi autos are not legal for hunting in PA, except for disabled persons, and for shotguns during turkey season; my question is are there capacity restrictions for lever actions or pump actions? Would a 10 + 1 pump gun or lever gun be legal to hunt with there. I live in Colorado, but grew up in PA; I haven't hunted there since 1993 and can't remember nor can i find anything in the PA rules and regs that states the legality one way or the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gettyleigh View Post
    i understand that semi autos are not legal for hunting in PA, except for disabled persons, and for shotguns during turkey season; my question is are there capacity restrictions for lever actions or pump actions? Would a 10 + 1 pump gun or lever gun be legal to hunt with there. I live in Colorado, but grew up in PA; I haven't hunted there since 1993 and can't remember nor can i find anything in the PA rules and regs that states the legality one way or the other.
    Theres no ammo limit set in Title 34 Game Laws for manually operated rifles while big-game hunting. ..not that one would need that many rounds to take a deer.

    Game Commission Ranges have a limit though.
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    not that one would need that many rounds to take a deer.
    Depends on how good, or bad, a shot the person is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statkowski View Post
    Depends on how good, or bad, a shot the person is.
    lol true..

    I just have a cynical outlook on the topic only having needed 1 bullet each time to do the job. Proud to be a single shot open sight big game hunter.

    Discussion for another I guess.
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    6 rounds for big game, i.e. manually operated rifle or pistol. Shotguns used for small game have a 3 round max.
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    The only magazine limitation I am aware of is for the shotguns. I've never seen a limitation on rifles. Of course, the PGC likes to bury laws where it is difficult to find.

    This is from the 2008-2009 digest;

    Firearms - Magazine Capacity: It is unlawful to hunt small game, furbearers, turkeys, waterfowl or crows with a manual or autoloading shotgun unless the magazine is limited to a two-shell capacity. A plug must be a one-piece filler installed so it cannot be readily removed without disassembling the gun or magazine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    The only magazine limitation I am aware of is for the shotguns. I've never seen a limitation on rifles. Of course, the PGC likes to bury laws where it is difficult to find.

    This is from the 2008-2009 digest;

    Firearms - Magazine Capacity: It is unlawful to hunt small game, furbearers, turkeys, waterfowl or crows with a manual or autoloading shotgun unless the magazine is limited to a two-shell capacity. A plug must be a one-piece filler installed so it cannot be readily removed without disassembling the gun or magazine.
    edited by me, I have my reasons....

    thanks
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    I've never been checked, but I usually drop 7 in the pipe on the old Winchester


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    LOL! Knight! Yeah that was pretty funny! Not as funny as watching you spend the weekend chasing down your animal because you werenít prepared to take the second shot . . . Doh! Growing up in PA, my tool was my Grandpaís 1906 12 gauge Crescent SxS, because it worked for that 100 yard environment; being that it is an heirloom I decided to make it a wall hanger. Without sounding rude, crude, and totally social-ably unacceptable, Knight your welcome to come on out here to Colorado where you average shot is going to be 250-300 yards and see if your record stays with you for long. There is some thick woods here, but every time I seen a herd of elk they been out in the clear or above timberline where there are no trees, and far from the fringes of the tree line. You may as well own a slingshot, if you're buying a single shot rifle IMHO. While youíre buying a hunting rifle, why not buy something that can be used for defense as well? Nonetheless, sooner or later, Iíll be moving back to PA so Iím looking ahead in my choices. Amongst my collection I have a Ruger .44 carbine (4+1) that would probably be perfect for the density of the woods in PA but itís a semi Ė auto. ItĎs legal to hunt with a semi here; as well I have a REM 700 in 30- 06 too thatíd be legal there, but I want to buy a new toy, and being that I have enough semiís . . . canít believe I just said that . . . I am looking at pumps and levers. Anyways . . . . . . Being that I got conflicting answers . . . . DCChris what is your source of information?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in PA View Post
    Firearms - Magazine Capacity: It is unlawful to hunt small game, furbearers, turkeys, waterfowl or crows with a manual or autoloading shotgun unless the magazine is limited to a two-shell capacity. A plug must be a one-piece filler installed so it cannot be readily removed without disassembling the gun or magazine.
    So what if you are using a Shotgun to hunt deer? I've been asked on several occasions by my uncles in Erie to join them for deer season now that I have a shotgun.
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