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Unread 07-02-2010, 03:47 PM
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Re: AMAX for hunting?

I have used the a-max and berger in my 7mm mag on red deer and tahr out to 630 yards. Do a search on my username and you will see some of the animals i have taken. They both work great and there is no real difference between them. Can't tell you about elk as there are not many down here in NZ.
As Liltank said I use the 160 accubond inside 300 yds and the a-max berger past there. Closest shot with a-max is 358 yards, complete pass through on shoulder shots with only ribs hit. At 600 + yds they also completly passed through with similar shots.
I use 73gr H1000, federal brass, federal 215 primer 3115 fps with 26" and berger. This load is slightly hot and I will reduce to 72 or 72.5 gr.

I seat the berger so there is a slight mark on the proj when chambered. The a-max was seated slightly deeper so that there was no mark on the proj when seated.

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Unread 07-03-2010, 12:24 AM
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Re: AMAX for hunting?

I agree 100% with KIWI3006

For what it is worth, Im in the throws of building a 284 WIN for shots out to 5-600 yrds,soley for our smallish light skinned game goats,fellow, sika.

I will be shooting either the 162 AMax or 168 Berger around 2900 fps, for shots past 300 depending on which one it likes and if I can get AMaxes,under 300 will be the Accubond no question, depending on game,Feral goats will get anything I can lay my hands on .

I shot two good sized goats a few weeks ago with my 6.5-284 140gr AMax MV 2920 at 455 yrds, both shoulder shots both pass throughs one took two steps and died, the other just dropped on impact,a fantastic result.

AMaxes do kill and do it well, just not at close ranges. BUT this is a Long Range Hunting forum after all

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Unread 07-05-2010, 10:20 AM
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Re: AMAX for hunting?

amax bullets are thin skinned non bonded core bullets they work were hunting bullets fail but fail were hunting bullets work. bonded core and partition style bullets have a hard time expanding below1800 fps. at these low speed they tend to just pencil threw the animal. at speeds above 1800 fps they mushroom out nicely creating cavitation inside the animal.
amaxs tend to come apart violently when impacting at speeds above 2000 fps but mushroom nicely as low as 1000 fps creating the same cavitation as bonded cores but at nearly 1000 fps slower.
if you are a long range hunter it may be nessesary to carry and be proficiant with more than one type of ammunition. i'd keep both in your bag of tricks. i have both sst and amax loaded when hunting for elk

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