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Old 09-23-2013, 06:28 PM
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Elk lost with 208 AMAX?

I'm getting ready for a 2014 elk hunt. Brand new 300 win mag coming this week been waiting for it for months from the smith. I live in KY so the 208 amax works fine for what we got here. Has anyone on her ever shot and lost an elk with the 208. I don't mind switching bullets for this elk hunt but if there is no need I'm not gonna do it. I'm interested in first hand experience with the 208 on elk from a 300win mag. Thanks guys.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:36 PM
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Re: Elk lost with 208 AMAX?

While i have ZERO experience with the Amax in any caliber, if you are using a target bullets on game, at some point you are going to experience bullet failure.

They simply aren't designed for the task you are assigning them.


Having said that, i know some guys use them successfully on elk sized game.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:47 PM
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Re: Elk lost with 208 AMAX?

I would go with a Nosler AccuBond 210gr bullet if it were me.

I love the 140gr and the 160gr 7mm AccuBond bullets with my twin Remington 700 Sendero SF 7mm STWs.
They are deadly on game and very accurate.

I developing a load with the Nosler AccuBond Long Range bullet but have not tried it on game.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:50 PM
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Re: Elk lost with 208 AMAX?

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I'm interested in first hand experience with the 208 on elk from a 300win mag. Thanks guys.
I think you wasted your breath asking this. There will be tons of "experienced advisers" that may never have ever even opened of box of them.

My advice would also be to add a shot distance for the intended use of this bullet. Like any bullet, it will have a distance / velocity it will shine from the chambering you are shooting it.

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Old 09-23-2013, 06:55 PM
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Re: Elk lost with 208 AMAX?

Bergers are also not "hunting" bullets even if they stamp hunting on some of their boxes now. People were using them for hunting long before hunting with target bullets was cool. When berger realized how well they worked for this they then dedicated a line of bullets for hunting. I've killed lots of stuff with plain old SMKs so the " hunting bullet " vs the "target bullet" argument is moot. Either the bullet works or it doesn't regardless of labeling. At the distances we are shooting game now nothing but a match grade target bullet will work, except for the accubonds. Which aren't labeled target bullets but seem to shoot like one.
I hear a lot of what you are putting out from people who say "I've never used them but I don't think". I'm not interested in that. I want to hear yes I put the smack down on an elk with one and it worked just fine, or I shot an elk with one and it was a good shot and he packed it off so don't use this bullet.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:01 PM
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Re: Elk lost with 208 AMAX?

That is true Broz. I don't really know about that yet. i will have to do some preliminary testing. If I could get some of the long range accubonds or preferably some 215 bergers I would go with that. I live in Ky so when I get to WY I'm going to have to re zero and basicaly get new dope because of the huge difference in altatiude so it doesn't bother me to work up a load for this hunt. I have 1300 208 amax so if I could use them that would be great but i don't mind switching if I need to.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:07 PM
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Re: Elk lost with 208 AMAX?

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That is true Broz. I don't really know about that yet. i will have to do some preliminary testing. If I could get some of the long range accubonds or preferably some 215 bergers I would go with that. I live in Ky so when I get to WY I'm going to have to re zero and basicaly get new dope because of the huge difference in altatiude so it doesn't bother me to work up a load for this hunt. I have 1300 208 amax so if I could use them that would be great but i don't mind switching if I need to.
I wish I had some first hand data to offer you but I don't. They always shot great at 1000 when I shot them. But I never killer anything with them. So I didn't offer a post that was about what I use, like, or think you should use. I only have an opinion and we all know about those. I hope you get some first hand field data you can use.

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