Okay, that makes me feel better. I too for the first time am planning on taking my S&W .357 deer hunting this year. I am using a Speer Gold Dot 170gr. bullet. I have talked with people who say it is enough gun to kill a deer but then others who just laugh in your face. I do know that those who have used it to kill deer say that do NOT ever use hollow point bullets. The one guy used hollow points w/ a .44mag and said that his buck ran away when shot at 25yds. According to him and others they say that the hollow pts just don't "cut it." I am hunting in 2 days and I was starting to chicken out on using my pistol. Now reading your input I think that I have the trust in that caliber for deer that I need. Thanks!