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    Default Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    If this is posted in the wrong place, please let me know and I will post correctly - I wasn't sure...

    So my question is, according to PA law, can an SKS (7.62x39 10-rd fixed semi-auto) be used for deer or bear hunting ? Some people have told me yes, and some have said no due to the magazine capacity. Aftermarket 5rd magazines are available but I think that is about the smallest they come.

    If it is NOT legal, what mods would be necessary to make it legal ?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    it is not legal to hunt with any semiauto of any kind period in pa

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    Quote Originally Posted by 338winmag View Post
    it is not legal to hunt with any semiauto RIFLE of any kind period in pa
    Fixed it for ya. Semi-auto shotguns are legal in most, if not all of the commonwealth.
    You are a straight white man. You don't get to be the victim, sweetie.

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    Quote Originally Posted by str8shooter View Post
    Fixed it for ya. Semi-auto shotguns are legal in most, if not all of the commonwealth.
    yep your rite that was my bad sorry

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    Quote Originally Posted by str8shooter View Post
    Fixed it for ya. Semi-auto shotguns are legal in most, if not all of the commonwealth.
    That's true with the exception of Deer, Bear, and Elk. Shotguns must be manually loaded, but there is no magazine limit for those types of big game. You may use an autoloader for pretty much everything else, but must be limited to a three round total for chamber + magazine.

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    Quote Originally Posted by 338winmag View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by str8shooter View Post
    it is not legal to hunt with any semiauto for the game you are talking about of any kind period in pa
    There, fixed if for me. Thanks for the clarification BuckMark. .338winmag, technically your answer was right on the money, I need to pay attention. I think understand why aschwabe has gotten conflicting answers to his question. Nothing is straight forward, black and white when it comes to hunting in PA.

    Now let's see if we can answer the age old question. If you're in the forest, and finish off a deer with a handgun that you brought down with a rifle, and no is one around to hear it, do you need a LTCF? hhmmmmmm.
    You are a straight white man. You don't get to be the victim, sweetie.

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    If I remeber correctly, all you have to do is head south (West Va.) if you want to hunt with a SKS.
    Toujours prÍt

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    You may not hunt "Big Game"(deer, elk, bear) in Pa with a semi-auto rilfe or shotgun.

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    Quote Originally Posted by aschwabe View Post
    If this is posted in the wrong place, please let me know and I will post correctly - I wasn't sure...

    So my question is, according to PA law, can an SKS (7.62x39 10-rd fixed semi-auto) be used for deer or bear hunting ? Some people have told me yes, and some have said no due to the magazine capacity. Aftermarket 5rd magazines are available but I think that is about the smallest they come.

    If it is NOT legal, what mods would be necessary to make it legal ?

    Thanks!

    I'm not 100% certain on this, but I'm pretty sure that a semi modified to be manual can be used... so long as it isn't easily changed back to semi-automatic. At that point, it's the Game Commission's call over what is easily changable.. I'd probably not risk that if you want to keep your firearm.

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    Default Re: Legality of hunting in PA with SKS semi-auto

    Take the gas piston out and leave it at home. As long as you cant swtich it back to semi-auto in the field, you may be okay.
    "The rifle is the weapon of democracy. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military. The hired servants of our rulers. Only the government-and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws." (Edward Abbey, "The Right to Arms," Abbey's Road [New York, 1979])
    I have my rifle. Do you?

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