What is a perfect deer gun to one man is either a cannon or a pea shooter to another. The average hunter needs to stick with a mid sized caliber for deer hunting.....from 30 / 30 to 7mm mag. In the hands of a seasoned and skilled hunter, that can control his emotions under the stress of shooting a deer, the smaller calibers work just great. Some young hunters try to over compensate by choosing a caliber that is way to big for them. This magnum kicks the fool out of them, they start flinching and then they are no longer accurate. SHOT PLACEMENT IS THE KEY!!!!!!!!