Originally Posted by midwesthunter
A lot of people feel 1000 pounds of energy is a good rule of thumb for a deer round. So figure what your load can do and go from there. with a 95 berger at 6000 feet I would say mine is good to 600 yards. It all comes down to shot placement. Thats with any cartridge.
I hate energy calculations. If 1000ft-lbs is min, then 44mag revolvers can't play. That's BS. Impact velocity needs to be high enough for the bullet design you're shooting, period. If the bullet hits fast enough to open it up or do what it's supposed to, it'll do work.
For all those who say a shot shouldn't have been taken, after reading a success story, about an animal being killed; I lump you in with the guys who look at pictures of bullets pulled from dead
animals, and say the bullet failed. Your hindsight needs glasses.
*Disclaimer- I'm just using your post as a starting point for my rant, not calling you out midwesthunter. I think your estimate for the 95s is about right.*