Originally Posted by WildRose
There are a lot better choices than the Amax. Amongst them are the Sirocco, Hornady Interbond and Interlock, and the Nosler Accubond.
Jacket thickness is but one factor, the metallurgy of the jacket is another very important factor.
One thing I've learned piling up hundreds of bodies over the years is that over expansion can create just as many if not more problems than under expansion not the least of which is a tremendous amount of wasted meat.
A couple reasons why i chose they A-Max.
1. I will be starting them out at a modest speed of around 2800 fps so i dont think over expansion will be a huge problem at somewhat close range.
2. I am going to try to stay away from the shoulder so again over expansion shouldnt be too bad.
3. Since they are not starting out very fast to get me out to 1000 yards on game i need the high BC and their ability to expand at very low velocties. (around 1400 fps in goats according to some fellow in New Zealand)
4. They will be used only on 200 LBS and smaller deer and antelope, along with coyotes, badgers, prarie dogs, rocks, etc.... Anything bigger than a 200 lbs mule deer i will use the 168 grain Barnes LRX. And will limit the LRX to 600 yards on elk, we have a 338 Lapua for the longer range elk work.