My brother in law called the other day and asked me if I wouldn't come over and put down a steer that had broken a front leg in the mud down in the creek, so I loaded the little Marlin 1894CP that Iv'e been using alot lately in the truck and drove over. The steer had went down the bank of the creek were there was nearly a vertical drop of 5ft, this just showing cattle aren't very cleaver creatures as down the creek around 30 yrd's there is no drop. Anyway about the closest i could get to the steer was 12 yrd's there about, so i put a BTB185gr sitting over 16.5 gr's of 296 through the side of it's head! The steer never moved after that. We hooked a chain to him and pulled him out of the creek to butcher and I examined the damage to the skull. The entrance hole was the size of my little finger, the exit nearly the size of a golf ball! My brother in law said he heard the bullet wiz off after it exited. This bullet exits the bore of the little Marlin at over 1700fps and is a devastating little round, and I'd have no hesitation using it on a deer or similar size game animal!