While it is capable of downing a hog size animal I would say that it is under powered for a real hunting hand gun. I consider the .41 mag as being minimum for hunting and I have done a lot of hunting with a hand gun from the .357 on up.
I agree the 10mm is not a 44 magnum, but it's not weak either. At least two commercial ammunition manufacturers produce 10mm ammo. with muzzle energy in excess of 700ftlbs. If you reload, it's even easier to attain that number. That's plenty of energy and momentum for small, medium, and even some big game. Obvious, as with any weapon, shot placement and staying withing the limitations of the weapon, are paramount. Have fun hunting with the 10mm, it's a great round.
There is one tip I have learned over the years in hunting whitetails in late season snow. Do not overlook soybeans left standing on the edges of fence rows, woods, creeks, buildings wherever it might be, this is where the deer will be while the food lasts during late season. December/January will pull deer in from some distance away to feed on the easy to get to food.
I killed one of my nicest bucks off of a very small patch of soybeans that was left after rains created a...