Dispatching a Deer? (Caliber in question)

Dispatching a Deer? (Caliber in question)

This is a discussion on Dispatching a Deer? (Caliber in question) within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have read up plenty as far as calibers and their usefullness on humans, however my question is more directed towards wildlife; deer to be ...

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    Dispatching a Deer? (Caliber in question)

    I have read up plenty as far as calibers and their usefullness on humans, however my question is more directed towards wildlife; deer to be exact. Would a 9mm be "enough" bullet to kill an injured deer, or would a heavier bullet be needed?

    Odd question, I know, but entertain me.
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    Deer have been taken with a 22. 9mm will work to dispatch an injured deer. It'll also work to take down a 2 legged predator.

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    I am not a hunter so I am ignorant on these things, but where do you shoot a deer if it is injured to assure a "humane" death?
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    If you can get a headshot, a 9mm will more than do the job, as will a .22lr.
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    Head or neck shot will put it down instantly. Don't put more 9mm rounds in it's chest unless that's all you can hit, it won't do much to hasten the end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randytulsa2 View Post
    If you can get a headshot, a 9mm will more than do the job, as will a .22lr.
    Ok, thanks. Just the answer I was looking for. I wasn't sure if a deer had an insane amount of bone or anything like that in it's head.

    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCohodas View Post
    I am not a hunter so I am ignorant on these things, but where do you shoot a deer if it is injured to assure a "humane" death?

    Well, I was just going to keep shooting in the butt until Randy and Roadrunner said something...

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    oh yeah, a 9 mm will dispatch a wounded or injured deer, just use the Reminton 147 grain HPs to make it efficient!

    good luck! :D
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    I finished off a downed buck several years ago with my NAA .22 LR mini.

    One round, just back of the ear & angled forward & down....

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    I tried to dispatch a deer once, but he wouldn't answer his radio.

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    A hurt deer that is not dead is can go from laying there motionless to thrashing and rolling all over the place trying to get up when it cant. Sometimes it is not as easy as it sounds.

    Sometimes trying to get a head shot can be challenging.
    The angle of the shot makes all the difference in the world.

    When I " dispatch" a deer. I will try for two areas. A shot standing in front of it while shooting it trough the eyeball works well. Also at the base of the skull when standing behind one. The trick there is to be sure not to shoot to low or the shot will angle through the throat without killing it.

    When they are thrashing around bleating and squalling, I dont mess around. I use the 12 guage with double ought and blast them in the head...while standing at least 10 yards away. If you dont, you will likely get some blood,hair and brain matter on you.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Metro 40 View Post
    I tried to dispatch a deer once, but he wouldn't answer his radio.

    Must have been in November...they usually won't answer during the 'Rut'...

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    I shot one deer twice with a .40 caliber. My first round hit him right in the face. I found out later that it did angle down into the neck. It got up and ran a couple of yards. I shot him again, right behind the shoulder and he died.

    I shot another deer with a .40 caliber in the head and he died right away.

    Another deer I shot with a 12 gage slug. I shot him in the head, this obviously did the trick. The cool thing was I parked my patrol car so that the in car cam got a 90 degree video of the deer's brains blowing out the side of its head.

    I think that animals, just like humans are hard to predict. Some will just die and others will fight for a long time. The perfect caliber is the one you have on you. But if you were buying a gun just for that purpose, don't chose a light caliber. Killing is messy no mater man or beast and often doesn't look like you thought it would before you pulled the trigger.

    Remember to take extra time to think about your backdrop, angle of your shot and all of that. If the deer is wounded, then you shouldn't be under duress like you would be in a gun fight, so take your time and make safety priority number one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogrunner View Post
    I finished off a downed buck several years ago with my NAA .22 LR mini.

    One round, just back of the ear & angled forward & down....
    That's the sweet spot for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCohodas View Post
    I am not a hunter so I am ignorant on these things, but where do you shoot a deer if it is injured to assure a "humane" death?
    At the place the head joins the neck right in the center.

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    Yup. Sever the spinal cord and that's it. But again, like others have said, when the moment comes it's easier said than done.

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