I was talking with my in-laws yesterday about the possibility of a deer hunt this year, mostly so I can have a freezer full of venison steaks, and the topic of approved Indiana calibers for deer came up. The list of approved Indiana deer hunting equipment can be found here if you’d like to read the whole list. The short summary is “.357 Magnum and up in rifles, but no rifle calibers, and .243 and up in pistols, plus slug barreled shotguns”. It’s weird and nonsensical, but it’s the law for better or for worse.
So while perusing the list, I noticed a cartridge that was on the “approved” list to be used from a rifle: .458 SOCOM. I thought to myself, “self, if you wanted to hunt deer in Indiana in true high-speed low drag operator style, you’d buy yourself an upper in .458 SOCOM and slap it on the excellent lower from the Daniel Defense DDXV, that’s what you’d do.” So I went out to the googles and immediately was rewarded with this upper from Rock River for about $700. I also found a complete rifle on GunBroker for about $900, so that’d be interesting.
Honestly, this is so much me just kicking ideas around, but there’s a part of me that really wants to hunt deer with a black AR15. And who says they don’t use these rifles for hunting?