In "common", factory loaded cartridges, I know that many people believe the minimum for deer with a handgun starts with the .41 Magnum... And I also realize that the .44 Magnum is probably the "standard"...and I know that legal or not, a good many deer are taken each year with rimfire .22 cartridges..... But... what do you feel is the minimum handgun cartridge for hunting deer? ...... Personally, I believe it starts with the .357 Magnum...... I still recalled some of the stories I have read over the years about the .357 Magnum. When it was first introduced it was touted as powerful enough for about anything on the planet... I just now did a search and found records of people haveing shot out engine blocks with this cartridge, and takeing such game as moose, elk, wildebeest, and even jaguar, grizzly bear and tigers with it, in both handguns and rifles... at distances I sometimes found difficult to believe.... http://www.leverguns...r/357magnum.htm
... However.... I personally believe it pretty much "tops out" as a hunting cartridge with medium to slightly larger bodied deer, and at ranges, with a handgun, of 50 yards, and perhaps 100 with a rifle.... My wife's last two deer were taken with her .357 Magnum and my handloads.... But what is your opinion as to the mimimum for handgunning deer ?