I have hunted deer with a S&W 28, A 1911 .45 ACP and Colt SAA .45 Colt. Now these are Texas Hill Country Deer, a 100 pounder is big, most are between 85 and 90 pounds. I did take a WT Buck closer to home, he was about 125 pounds. I've never lost a deer or had one run farther than 25 yards before dropping. I have had people give me a hard time about hunting with anything smaller than a really hot .45 Colt or a .44 Mag. What do ya'll consider to light for deer?