Re: JUST HOW HARD IS IT TO KILL A DEER?
Honestly, as far as killing, the bullet itself can be just about any modern big game bullet and get the job done on deer. I shoot cup-n-core Sierra GameKings and ProHunters primarily these days will no ill effects on game up to and including elk. However, some of the guys I know like premium loads because they simply tend to shoot better/more accurately in their gun of choice. I can totally understand that.
I do have friends that take big magnums out West to shoot mule deer and antelope in the same places I hunt, and I admit to shaking my head a bit. They never take shots much past 200 yards and end up with brutally damaged meat way too often. I use a .243 with 100 gr. GakeKing softpoints on those same hunts and do just fine on the same game. I can't recall a single deer or antelope in past 4 years that has run further than 20 yards when hit by that .243, and the majority went absolutely nowhere. But, if it's a large-caliber gun that makes others feel comfortable, it's hard to argue against it. Confidence is a very real part of the hunting equation.