CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- THERE'S a comical scene in the 1969 movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," in which train robber Cassidy wants to make sure the dynamite charge he plants will open the railroad's tough new safe.
The scene ends when the boxcar containing the safe explodes in a giant fireball, flattening Cassidy and the Kid, sending splintered boards and timbers flying, and making confetti of the safe's money.
The Kid looks up at Cassidy and asks, "Think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?"
That scene comes immediately to mind whenever someone tells me he uses a 7mm Magnum to hunt for deer, or when he says he's planning to buy a 10-gauge shotgun so he'll "have enough firepower" to kill a turkey at 30 yards.
Make no mistake. A 7mm Magnum will kill a deer deader than four o'clock, and a 10-gauge with 31/2-inch Magnum loads will indeed make short work of a turkey.
But are they the right tools for the job?
In one sense, yes. They comfortably accomplish the task at hand, which is to turn live critters into meat for the fridge.
My personal preference, though, is to more closely match my firepower to the size and toughness of the game I hunt.
Just to be clear, I don't do it out of any sense of fairness, or because I have some noble desire to appear more "sporting." To me, it's a matter of efficiency.
Not many guys would use a 16-pound sledgehammer to drive a carpet tack. They'd more likely select a smaller, lighter hammer that could be wielded more accurately and with less effort.
That's why I sold my old deer rifle, a bolt-action .30-06, and replaced it with a bolt-action 7mm-08.