very true, my brother was given a 44 Mag (rifle) from our grandfather and he shot a really big 6 pointer 3 times with it and he thought he missed every time cuz the buck just stood there. after the 3rd shot it trotted off for 70 yards and died. all 3 shots were in the chest from 60 yards. these were hand loaded "hot loads"fjp110 said:the bigger the better. 44 mag is a minimum for deer.