To start, I'm mostly a "political" shooter -- I shoot handguns and tactical weapons and have very little interest in hunting things that aren't people. I went hunting a bunch as a kid with my old man but it never really interested me. I have friends that swear by wild game, but it just doesn't do my thing. Then I heard about HSH (Hunters Share the Harvest) and my attitude changed completely. The area I live in (Western PA) has been pretty hard-hit by the recession and a couple hundred pounds of venison could help some people a bunch as well as improving the political profile of the RKBA movement. I've decided to make a pretty concerted effort to get out next year and take a deer or two entirely for donation purposes -- have it processed at my expense and just donate the whole thing. I talked to my girlfriend, and she agrees, and wants to do the same thing. Good luck and good shooting permitting, we should be able to make the local foodbanks very happy. I say next year and not this year becuase we want to get good enough to take a deer cleanly and ethnically with our chosen weapons, and I don't want to say we'll be able to do that by November. Maybe it'll happen, maybe not, but the target is the 05-06 hunting season. Because I'm not a hunter, I'd like to submit my gear choice to you folks for some critique and to make sure my logic is sound. I've done hunting before, just never liked it enough to make it a hobby, so I know the basic theory. I'm aiming to take does, and will probably get 2 doe tags, but if I get a legal buck then he'll go off to the foodbank too, I'm not picky. Platform: Rossi 23" breakopen single shot carbine, firing .44 magnum -- CDNN has them for 120 bucks, they're tapped for scope and it's not like I'll need (or get) a second shot. If fires easily acquired ammo that should be adequate for white-tail out to about 100 yards, which is about as far as I expect to shoot in my chosen terrain. Reviews seem to indicate this is an accurate if not in any way sexy gun. Optics: Generic 3-9x42 with lighted reticle. I was gonna get just a 4x so I wouldn't try to take shots outside the carbine's envelope but an older hunting friend recommended a 3-9 so I could dial it up in case I needed to thread the needle with a shot. The cost difference is very small so I'm going to probably take his advice. Ammo: Here's where I need advice. What do people recommend for this? I'm assuming just JHP with the heaviest bullet I can find. Does this look like a good no-nonsense setup to take some antlerless deer and let the local poor folk eat better next winter? I know this isn't a snazzy kit, but I'm just looking for a way to deliver a humane, accurate death to a white-tail in wooded hills, not for an all-purpose rifle that can also take elk or bear or whatever. PA folks, I'm not planning on hunting WMU 2B, so the fact that it's a non-shotgun shouldn't be an issue.