Originally Posted by Scot E
Not trying to be cranky here but have you used A-max's in a hunting scenario? They don't blow up at 1000 fps, not even 2000 fps. Yes, they loose some of their weight but those pieces are doing the damage that I like in a hunting bullet. Similar to what the Berger's do but will expand at lower velocities and still have excellent BC's.
No I don't use them for hunting because Hornady says don't do that.
Instead I use the interlock and interbond which also have very high BC's and perform outstanding on any game retaining 75-95% of their mass whether you are shooting a deer or a monster boar.
With the Amax you are lucky to retain 50% on a deer and it will not go through a big hog.
The amount of hdrostatic shock is directly proportional to the velocity and mass exiting the wound channel. Less mass = less hydrostatic shock.
I don't like to see a fist sized hole or bigger on the backside, I want to see an exit wound the size of a quarter to fifty cent piece at most and I definitely want a complete pass through.
The Amax is just too much like the old original ballistic tips from Nosler but with an even thinner jacket. I saw far too many of them not exit deer and hogs.
I have shot them in the 7mm STW and even at 500 yards when I hit a coyote with them at the midline they tend to cut them in half. Great target bullet. Great varmint bullet if you don't want to salvage hides. Just not a hunting bullet.
Bullett manufacturers spend a tremendous amount of time and money developing bullets. I tend to pay attention when they say "don't do that".