Loc: North West Georgia
Looking for advise. I just acquired a new full size 1911 in 45 acp. Would this (ETHICALLY) take a white tail deer at close range? 30 yards or less? If so what shot would you look for lung/heart or more of a shoulder shot? I will be using factory JHP loads.
I've taken close to a dozen deer with a .45 experimenting with bullets. Best seems to be 200 gr. Horn. XTP. I've done shoulder and lung shots with it out to 60 yds. Lungs run, shoulders don't move much.
Although not what you are intending to shoot, but more for a comparison. . .I hunt with a Springfield Armory V16 and have taken several deer and countless hogs at ranges of 35 yards or less. My load is a 214 grain bullet I cast myself, Lee 452-200-RF over 7.5 grains of CFE Pistol. This load travels at 1100 fps and is wicked accurate and wicked deadly on critters! If you keep your shots close and you can hit your mark, the 45ACP will do you a good job. Companies such as Buffalo Bore and CorBon produce some hard hitting factory ammo. . .just find a well constructed bullet that your gun likes to shoot and become proficient with it, you'll be set. Good luck!