Originally Posted by JWR07
I understand what you ae saying. I was just trying to find a baseline number for knockdown energy in order to humanely make a quick kill. I thought may 1000lbs of energy would be the min. Would you agree with this. Given we are using quality bullets.
I don't put a lot into #'s I just go by what I see. I've killed deer with small handgun (9mm 40) and I know the #'s aren't there but they work with a well placed shot. Also killed one with 6mm @ about 650lbs of energy.
Little guns 22 6mm 25 are two different creatures at short and long range. Up close you can hammer deer with a well placed fast small cal. with a quick open bullet (NBT) At long range talking "humanely make a quick kill" bigger and faster is my choice. If I can pull the high shoulder shot with my 300WSM deer go bang flop at 600-700. If I'm off my mark they often run end result is a dead deer. When we go out "shooting deer" not hunting we cull a bunch and from what I've seen bigger is better and bigger and faster is even better yet.
200-250 lbs is big most of the stuff I drop is under 150. At 700 yards you dont need a big 7, 300 RUM or 338 but there is no question when you see the difference in a deer hit with one.