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Old 03-26-2016, 06:01 PM   #108
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Originally Posted by Phantasm View Post
Until the most recent set of restrictive anti-gun laws, and even nowadays in some regions, in most rural areas you could shoot at wild and stray animals on your property at any time, regardless of day of the week or license. Most of the time, it counts as "self-defense" or "defending the home".
I suppose that might be a decent legal defence if they ever do get into trouble. Note, however, that Dr. Harvey Allen owns the 40 acres around his luxury cabin, but the few square miles of woods around it are not in his personal ownership, but owned by North Woods Logging Company.*

Defending the home might not fly in court if it happened on corporate-owned land a mile away from a vacation cabin...

Especially if it was a fox or bobcat, rather than a coyote. As a lawyer, I feel confident that the odds of anyone making legal trouble go up as the animals killed get cuter, more romantic and less perceived as over-running native populations.

*Which, however, is mostly owned by his brother, Clayborn Allen, with Dr. Allen and his sister, Rosemary Dupree, as minority shareholders.

Originally Posted by Phantasm View Post
Growing up in a rural area in Pennsy in the '70s and '80s, we didn't have to deal with coyotes that much, but feral dogs and even the occasional black bear digging through the garbage happened on a fairly regular basis.
Bears in Maine all hibernate in winter, right?

Originally Posted by Phantasm View Post
The most common hunting round was a .308 Winchester or .30-08, meant for taking down deer and occasionally bear. I'm not sure about the availability of other rounds, but JHP and FMJ rounds were fairly common in the .308Win, .30-08, 5.56mmNATO, .44-40, .45 ACP, .40S&W, .38 Special, and .357 Magnum rounds. 12-gauge, 16-gauge, and 20-gauge 00-buckshot was also common, as we had a lot of shotgun hunters, prized because the shot would not travel over the borders into no-shoot zones. IME, the .22-sized rounds were, except for the 5.56mmNATO/.223 Armalite rounds, pretty much reserved for plinking at the range, not hunting.
Range or plinking ammo might actually not be a bad idea for ad-hoc fur-friendly loads in ca .22 caliber. If there's any available that has a reputation for little tumbling or yawing in flesh, it should be fine.

Military FMJ 5.56x45mm M193 (55-grain bullets) is will often do a number on small animals at short ranges, though, with exit holes the size of fists. Would any of that target/plinking ammo have significantly worse terminal performance than Vietnam-era GI ball? If so, what brands?
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