ND changed its laws in the last couple of years to allow handguns with 4" barrel and larger than .35 caliber: What is the general consensus, will .45 ACP firing 230 grain Winchester SXT hollowpoints put a deer down? I have a .357 I use, but would like to use my .45 for deer too if it will do the job. This is assuming a closer shot put in a good kill zone on the deer, not a marginal shot. One reason I ask is that this law change allows .38 special and 9mm as well. These cartridges are generally considered on the anemic side for deer. Heck the law would even allow .380 going by the letter of the law! They used to have length limits on the cartridge case which would not allow .38 special and lower or .45ACP or .40 S&W. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!