I personally do not own a magnum rifle either, but my best friend does. He shoots a 300 weatherby. Until I joined this forum, I never knew that many people actually used magnums on deer(esp. in the south) I just wrote it off as my friends ego. He has taken alot of deer with it though. To speak of not knowing what a bullet will do when it hits a deer, he shot a small 7point last season that was looking at him at about 20 steps. Hit him in the neck and yes droped like a brick. When we looked at the damage, the bullet was lodged under the skin of the right shoulder. Granted, there was alot of deer burger for that 12 inches or so it traveled, but I was suprised it didn't exit.
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