Originally Posted by MudRunner2005
Maybe I just got a bad batch of factory Hornady loads...But I'm not the only one who's had 7mm SST issues. Another guy in the STW section had some 162 SST's blow up like that on him, too. Must be something about the 7mm SST Hornady bullets...
Good luck either way, and I hope you don't have the same experiences with the AMax as I have read others having.
My buddy (and shooting partner) will be hunting with 178 AMaxs in his .300 WM this year, but I won't let him hunt on my property with them, I don't want wounded or maimed deer on my land. I only shoot Nosler, Barnes, or Berger bullets at animals. In the past, I have shot deer with Hornady TAP LE (red box) .308 Win 168 BTHP's and they were devastating on whitetails, even though they're designed for snipers and for match shooting, I wouldn't hesitate to use them again.
You are correct. Niether the SST nor AMAX in calibers smaller than .338 should be used on game inside of 600 yards.
Remember the pictures I posted last year of the doe shot with the 300WM and the SST?
She was deader than dirt but when the pieces of that bullet left a softball sized hole on the backside at least 10lbs of meat followed it through.
If you're going to shoot Hornady's at game at normal ranges stick to the Interlock and Interbond. The interbond is a fantastic bullet on everything I've shot with them in the last twenty or thirty years. If you need an even tougher bullet the interlock performs similar to the nosler partition but with much better BC.
If you're shooting slower rounds like the .308 and shooting at sub 600yds ranges it's not going to make that much of a difference but the SST and AMAX are not game bullets and really should not be used on game unless you're shooting the big boys in which case you have enough mass to change the whole equation.
Now if you like to watch things explode like prairie dogs then they are a very good choice, just not for game animals.