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What do you consider the minimum ft. lbs. of energy for deer? I know back in the old days the 44-40 and the like were popular deer cartridges and today are considered inadequate for deer. To me if you make a good shot there are few cartridges that won't do the job. To me a 25-06 or 243 is all you need.
 

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It all depends what size deer you are talking about.Over here they range from large dog sized Hog deer to massive cow sized Sambar.I dont think in foot pounds of energy needed to knock deer over.I pick an appropriate calibre and load some well constructed projectiles.Get the load tuned so i can hit what i aim at and then go for it.
 

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What do you consider the minimum ft. lbs. of energy for deer? I know back in the old days the 44-40 and the like were popular deer cartridges and today are considered inadequate for deer. To me if you make a good shot there are few cartridges that won't do the job. To me a 25-06 or 243 is all you need.
I think it's generally accepted that 1000 ft lbs on target is minimum adequate.
 

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Just put a well constructed bullet in the vitals, and that'll be all she wrote.
 

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I think it's generally accepted that 1000 ft lbs on target is minimum adequate.
I'd tend to agree as long as the caliber was .243 and up. I understand LOTS of deer are shot with .22 caliber centerfire and rimfire rounds and harvested each year. I also will say that "any shot in the vitals" may not be sufficient for some harvests, especially depending on terrain and how thick the undergroth is. I've shot deer with a 12ga slug "in the vitals" and not seen blood for 30-40 yds or more. If the deer is out of sight (and hearing) then it can be near impossible to find it. (Where I live, anyway). A bullet that passes through and leaves 2 holes leaking and additional sign at the spot of the hit, is what I want, and I think you need a well constructed .243 bullet to ensure that happening on MOST shots! Again, only my opinion based on my experiences.
 

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I'll agree and say that a well placed shot with a 6mm bullet or larger that hits with 1000ft-lbs or more will be good for deer.
 

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I tend to agree with turner, however you are right and a great amount of animals have been taken with less energy. I read an article but can't find it now. It stated that the 30-30 killed deer faster because it deposits all the energy in the animal then the 30.06 who entered then exited the animal and deposited it's energy in the sand beyond it. However you can take longer shoots with the .06, so it all depends on your style of hunting. I hunt mule deer in Arizona, and I trust the .243 for what it is worth.
 

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i would say that 1000 to 1400 would be the minimum because some time a bullet like a 12 gauge is sometimes barely enough to take a deer like turner said.. my uncle shot a deer with his 338 and waited till dark to go and get it and could not find it. when he shot it, it dropped instantly and just laid there and did not move he watched it till he could not see any more
he blasted it right in the vitals and found tons of blood where he shot it but it walked away from a 338! so never assume you have a big enough gun that you dont have keep a eye on your shot deer
 

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im not too worried about minimum ft lbs, shot placement is much more important.


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Spend less time worrying about calibers, and more time actually shooting.

Anyone who thinks a deer they shot "ran away" becuse it wasn't enough power is only kidding themselves.


And, For what its worth,

it takes no where NEAR 1,000 ft-lbs. Its too easy to overlook just how much power that really is.
 

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Well, . . .

. . . . the .44-40 was always underpowered but if you can get close enough and aim well enough it will work. You might be interested in reading about the .38-55 from the black powder cartridge period
which was very successful on deer.

I agree the .243, 7mm-08, .25-06, and .308 are good for deer.
Ft.-lbs is important but marksmanship is the truly important factor.
 

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Theres some sense for once!



Spend less time worrying about calibers, and more time actually shooting.

Anyone who thinks a deer they shot "ran away" becuse it wasn't enough power is only kidding themselves.


And, For what its worth,

it takes no where NEAR 1,000 ft-lbs. Its too easy to overlook just how much power that really is.
Amen!
 

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I think in GA it's a minimum of 500 lb at 100 yd. for rifle and handgun.
 

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I agree with binford and Midas.

Are you really trying to tell me that you think if you take a .45ACP, .40S&W, or .357Mag at point-blank range (muzzle-velocity) and shoot a deer in the vitals it won't go down?!

Those cartridges are way less than 1000 foot-pounds (370, 425, and 550, respectively; ref: Muzzle energy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
 
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