Illinois deer hunters


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gf1723
November 18, 2011, 11:11 AM
Do any of you know if it's legal to hunt whitetail with a .45 ACP using a 1911? I've done a number of google searches but can't come up with a definite answer. I would like to bring mine along this weekend when shotgun hunting. I currently only have 230gr FMJs, I assume I would need hollow points if it were legal? As far as I can tell, if I get the right rounds I am OK. It has longer than a 4 inch barrel and is a centerfire cartridge bigger than .30. Can anyone help confirm this?

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Freedom_fighter_in_IL
November 18, 2011, 11:20 AM
No. Semi Auto handguns are not permitted

Legal Firearms
Shotguns, loaded with slugs only, of not larger than 10 gauge nor smaller than 20 gauge, not capable of firing more than 3 consecutive slugs; or
Single or double barreled muzzleloading rifles of at least .45 caliber shooting a single projectile through a barrel of at least sixteen inches in length; or
Centerfire revolvers or centerfire single-shot handguns of .30 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches.

gf1723
November 18, 2011, 11:36 AM
Thanks for the quick reply! I appreciate it, but am a little disappointed at the same time. :(

I guess i should have seen it coming, it is Illinois after all. Looks like I'm sticking with the trusty ole 870. Maybe a nice .44 revolver will be in my future. I can see handgun hunting being a bigger challenge!

hardluk1
November 18, 2011, 11:44 AM
Might be time to add a single shot or revolver to your firearms. Its a good reason to buy. A nice 44 mag.

gf1723
November 18, 2011, 11:52 AM
Yep it is now next on the list. I did have a .357 but traded for the 1911.

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