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Would this work on deer? 54 grain .22-250?

http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=195590 I have to use non lead bullets here in the area I hunt in California. I used a 256 Winchester Magnum (.357 Magnum necked down to .25 caliber, 60 grain bullet at 2700 fps) yesterday (opening day). The deer ran off. It took hours and hours to get the deer. I shot the deer at first light. We finally got the deer in the trunk of my car as the sun was going down. And now my significant other (who found the deer and carried it) now thinks I am a moron and a buffoon. I need a more powerful gun, but one that doesn't have recoil. The whole thing was embarassing. Before I went hunting, my other looked at the bullet I was using and said "Is too small." (He is Russian). I gave him a ten minute lecture on why he was wrong. He just shook his head (He was a member of OMON and fought the Chechens, so he knows a thing or two about shooting things) "You wrong. Bullet is too small. No kill deer." Now he regards me as simple minded.

Asked By: Newell - 10/10/2010
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my brother laughed at this question because he said he warned you too about the 256 winmag, but you got mad and blocked him... More
Answered By: Adam - 10/10/2010
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Get a .243, and if it bothers you, but on a recoil pad, and wear a heavy coat. You won't feel a thing, and your chances for a humane, instant kill will go way up.
Answered By: FMJ Hunter 2 - 10/10/2010
 
yeah defintly upgrade in you caliber of gun,yours is definly too small. and if recoil is the problem the get a gun break put on. were they drill threads on the end of your barrel and screw in a break which has holes in it to release the gas preesure when shot. i have one on my 444 marlin which shoots a 240gr. before 3... More
Answered By: Tyler - 10/10/2010
 
How about Muzzleloader?? I know for a fact that they dont hardly kick at all like centerfire, I'm not a scientist, but maybe the powder is a slower burn? Anyhow, the deer dont go far after a half inch hole is made by a 365 grain piece of lead.
Answered By: ? - 10/10/2010
 
You can't get more power with less recoil unless you increase the weight of the rifle significantly... More
Answered By: John - 10/10/2010
 
No, your going to wound it and it will run a mile then fall, and you wont find it. I told you earlier to look at a Marlin lever action in 357 mag, it kicks less than a .243. And better for deer than a .243 at 75 yards and under.
Answered By: Bobby - 10/10/2010
 
I have to agree with Bobby.I believe you have said your shots are between 30and 70 yards.You already have shot a necked down .357 mag.A regular .357 mag won't kick much if any more than that .256
Answered By: Jim Kelly - 10/10/2010
 
Da, he has sense and a good arguing point... More
Answered By: John de Witt - 10/10/2010
 
In many states, the minimum caliber for shooting deer is .23 for a reason. I have a .243 and would not consider shooting a deer with a bullet weighing less than 90 gr from any caliber of firearm. If you want to use a .357 Magnum case, at least get a .357 Mag rifle. You can shoot a 158 gr or more bullet. Don't worry... More
Answered By: Mr.357 - 10/10/2010
 
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