If you have read my previous articles (and you really should because they are freaking awesome) then you probably recall me talking about versatile cartridges.
When searching for a versatile handgun cartridge, target shooting and personal protection are the biggest factors. The 9mm Luger and .38 Special are two that come to mind and coincidently those happen to be my personal favorites.
If you want to take it up a notch and add deer hunting to your list of handgun qualifications, the .357 Magnum would be what you are looking for. Thirty-eight Special rounds can be fired from a .357 and the magnum rounds will flat knock the snot out of a whitetail.
As far as rifle cartridges are concerned, the different types of hunting that a cartridge excels at is usually what determines if it is versatile or not. Of course target shooting should also be a priority.
If you want to be proficient with your hunting rifle instead of the butt of all jokes at deer camp, then you need to spend the off-season practicing at the range.
Just because a rifle cartridge is handy in one part of the country doesn’t mean it’ll work everywhere. For those hunters out West that have tags for elk, whitetail and mule deer, a 7mm Rem Mag or .300 Win Mag will fit the bill.