Minimum Fallow Deer Cartridge

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Fallow buck - image BBC UK
Fallow buck - image BBC UK

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
6mm cartridges in the .243 Winchester class shooting heavy bullets are considered a reasonable minimum fallow cartridge.
6mm cartridges in the .243 Winchester class shooting heavy bullets are considered a reasonable minimum fallow cartridge.

A: While I realise that new heavy .22 calibre bullets improve
 
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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.

 

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