|.450 Bushmaster on the left, .223 Remington on the right.
Hunters asked, "Why can I hunt deer with a .357 or .44 Magnum pistol but not a long gun? The long gun is more accurate and is less likely to send a stray round skipping over the horizon."
Rather than list the cartridges that are allowed, the DNR stipulated that the diameter of the bullet be over .355", that the walls of the cartridges be straight and that the minimum case length be 1.16" and the maximum case length be 1.8".
For a variety of reasons the .450 Bushmaster became the cartridge of choice. In my estimation, the two main reasons were that several world-class rifles are chambered for this round and because world-class hunting ammo is available.
There have been spot ammo shortages.
This post is a Public Service Announcement to inform my readers that Russ Nelson at Family Shooters Corral (517-663-3805) has an ample supply of .450 Bushmaster ammo. It is 250 grain, Hornady Flex-tip ammo and the asking price is $31.80 for twenty rounds out-the-door.