I have had occasion to finish off immobilized deer a few times in my life. Until today I had always performed the chore with a .38. It always did the job.
I shot one with the muzzle loader this morning (spine shot at 40 yards) and he was still quite conscious when I walked up on him.
I packed my Witness 10mm with me this morning and that is what I used to deliver the coup de grace this time.
All I can say is "Wow."
Don't get me wrong. I don't want to get shot with a .38. Not one little bit. But I never want a 10mm even shot TOWARD me....
The .38 (110-gr. JHP- various brands) always penetrated one side of the skull and lodged in the animal's head. Perfectly effective for the intended purpose.
But that 10mm (175-grain Winchester Silvertip) penetrated both sides and took away a chunk of head with it.
Same distance (arm's length), approximately same size animal and similar points of impact.
I have found yet another use for my undervalued and under appreciated 10mm Witness. A darn fine gun.