This elderly man said the .17 was as effective as anything he'd used on deer. Spoke with him at a Gun Show, he was probably 70 years old or so. I believed him.
I hate to admit it but we have a guy who works for us that has taken several deer (illegally
) with a .17. It can be done with regularity, but it seems to me that this gentleman has never used a high powered rifle for deer if this is his claim.