One of the few deer I have lost was with a .357 Puma Lever with 158 JSP, 30 yard shot, good hit area but no blood trail. Found it with my nose a week later. He went about 80 yards and was mostly under a small rock ledge so he was hid pretty well. I plan to hunt with a red dot sighted .357 4 inch 686 this year but will use 180 grain cast to get a pass thru and blood trail. Bow range limitations.
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First Handgun Deer: ~1982 8" S&W .38Spl
SW 686 4" with Matchdot II
SBHH 44 Mag 7.5"
T/C Contender G2 12" .35-30/30 (Bellm)