Minimum Fallow Deer Cartridge
Q: Some of my mates are convinced that cartridges such as the .223 and.22-250 are adequate for shooting fallow deer. I am equally convinced that when it comes to deer cartridges, the .243 Win. and 6mm Rem. are a more sensible minimum, while the.257 Roberts, and .25-06 are close to ideal. What's your opinion on the subject? Errol King
A: While I realise that new heavy .22 calibre bullets improve
the performance of various .22 centrefires on deer compared with the same cartridges loaded with bullets designed for shooting varmints, I regard any .22 calibre cartridge as being underpowered for deer. In a spotlight and under favourable conditions, they often kill deer cleanly enough, but conditions are not always favourable in the field. I agree with you on the subject - 6mm calibre is the minimum that should be used on fallow deer, and only with a stoutly structured bullet of 90-105 grains.