I think you made a good point about shot placement. I think thats is the foremost importance, and on the other hand comfort of recoil is the other.Depends on a whole lot of variables (as well as opinions!).
For example -
If a person is a good and practiced shot, and lives within the reasonable effective range of their weapon, there are not many rifles that I would say are too small. My own opinion is that centerfire rifles of .22 caliber minimum should be required (thus I don't believe in a .17 Remington as a deer cartridge). A .223 will kill a deer dead - as verified by several stories and photos right here on this board.
As far as too large. That is an interesting question. In reality, what is actually NEEDED to kill a deer? A bullet of enough size and with enough energy to cleanly and reliably bring reasonably rapid death to the animal if placed correctly. A .224 caliber bullet (.223/22-250/220Swift, etc.) will take a deer down if placed correctly - but the need for careful bullet placement comes into play even more so than large bullets. On the other hand - a 50 BMG will quickly and effectlively (and reliably) take down a deer too - but what is left? We also have to consider safety. That 50 cal round will easily go a LONG ways after passing through a deer - and will have substantial velocity and energy for that trip.
If someone wants to carry a .375 H&H, or a 458 WinMag, 577 Nitro or Tyrannosaur and shoot a deer with it - that is their perogative - while I don't see a need, that is their right. But large-bore rifles are not an excuse for sloppy, careless, or unpracticed shooting.
I personally hope to some day own a .338 Win Mag that I would probably carry while deer hunting some. While my preferred rifle for deer is my .270. Then again, I have also carried my .22-250 and see no problem with that.
That's about the best answer I can come up with too. Everyone knows I'm a .270 man, but my daughters .223 did just as good of a job this year because I made sure her shots would be within her personal lethal range of 25 yards.I think if its legal, and thats what you want to use then go ahead.
Go for it, you only live once. What better to spend your "rebate" check on... :biggrin: With match grade ammo, it'll shoot well inder MOA.Although I have been looking at a Armalite in a .308 MOA 1.5"-2" :thumb: $1300 plus a Scope... ouch
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