A friend of mine was testing Barnes 46gr XLC's for his son's 22 Hornet and showed me where the Barnes manual said these were good rounds for deer. I have and 1894 in 218 Bee and he gave me some to load and try. I am dubious that such a light bullet, no matter what the design, would be a reliable deer killer. Does anyone have any experience shooting deer or comparable game with the 218 Bee. I have only used mine for varmits.