10 Best Deer Cartridges of All Time


There is no doubt that deer are the most widespread and popular big game animal in the U.S. Today, whitetails are found all across the nation, from the forests of New England to the farmland of the West, across the Great Plains and north all the way into Minnesota. Deer are found in remote wilderness areas as well as the fringes of the largest cities. If you're living in North America, odds are you live very close to whitetail deer. And if you're a big game hunter, chances are you spend time each fall pursuing them.

Selecting a cartridge for deer hunting is largely a matter of opinion, but there are a number of qualities that make some cartridges stand out from the crowd. First, it must be powerful enough to humanely kill even the largest deer, but recoil shouldn't be so great that it precludes smaller-framed shooters from becoming proficient with the cartridge. Each cartridge should have a proven track record on game, and should be versatile enough to use out to moderate ranges. Lastly, nostalgia and popularity also played a role in making selections for our list. If it's a cartridge American hunters love, we had to include it.

Are there good deer cartridges that didn't make our list? Absolutely. But discussions regarding the best deer cartridges of all time have been going on around campfires in this country for over a century. Here's a list of the top ten finishers.




More Ammo

Ammo

Introducing the 2016 Hornady Precision Hunter Ammo

North American Whitetail Online Staff - January 26, 2016

Accuracy and terminal performance are the cornerstones of Hornady Precision Hunter factory...

Ammo

The Perfect Whitetail Bullet

Dick Metcalf - September 22, 2010

It all boils down to the bullet. No matter what cartridge you choose or how accurate your...

Ammo

The Best Predator Ammo for 2014

Brad Fitzpatrick - March 31, 2014

This year's SHOT Show was the debut of several new loads that are ideal for varmint and...

See More Ammo

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.