[QUOTE Is it enough gun to take down a deer? ][/QUOTE] Get close enough. More than enough. As far a power not near a 38s. Your most welcome and entitled to your opinion. But I suspect making a statement like that you may want to reconsider. A 38-S with a 158 gr. bullet has shade over 1/2 the energy of a 45 Colt at its muzzle. And that would be with both cartridges traveling about the same velocity if my memory serves me right. Bullet speed helps allot with hunting. But bullet placement is the name of the game when hunting game. Good luck with that 45 Colt and that 38 Special too. Nothing better than the smell of gun power in one's day.