I have taken several deer with 44 mag. and 10mm. ( Also, a turkey - but don't tell... ) I have carried my Lyman .54 plains pistol several times but an opportunity has not come up. I would have no concerns taking a shot with this out to 50 yards or so. I re-worked the sights and it shoots great, especially off a rest ( like a tree limb ) and I consider it a short carbine. To date, game taken with BP revolver only include one skunk and one red squirrel.