I just got a steal on a used large frame 45 colt ruger vaquero 4 5/8'' bbl, $125 cash because the trigger guard needs some work. The gun has been shot very little. So today I go out and shoot the 200grn HP at 1100 fps load from cor-bon. I dug the bullets out of the backstop which is light plywood box filled with sand, the hollow points filled up and i got no expansion, penetration was excellent. So I decided to try on a different test medium. I lined up 4 gallon jugs filled with water and fired. again great penetration but the copper jacket seperated/ disintigrated and only the lead core made it to the 4th jug. All shooting was done at 25 yards. So this brings me to my question do you think this load would be good for deer or not? With the varied results I am unsure of how they will perform on soft tissue, any suggestions? Also shot the 260 grain buffalo bores, they shoot good but have an obscene amount of recoil!