I have mixed feeling with the 208 A max. My first kill was a mature bull elk at 200 yards. I had to shoot him 5 times to bring him down. When we gutted him I found out the bullets only penetrated 5 inches I was really disappointed. I was shooting it at 3327 fps. This was the 2010 elk season. 2011 we decided to go mule deer hunting
and I shot a mule deer at 738 yards droped in his tracks. My buddie that was hunting with me shot his mule deer bedded down at 537 yards with the 208 amax and it just rolled over dead. One of the hunters we were with had a cow elk tag and asked if he could use my rifle to make a long range shot. He ended up killing a cow elk at 1090 yards one shot in the heart. Droped dead in his tracks bullet went 3/4 through perfect mushrom. Another guy had a bull tag and shot a 5 x 5 at 1275. Hit him a little far back walked maybe 30 yards and bedded down. We walked over and finished him. My conclusion is I love the 208 a max for long range work. Close range might want to carry another loaded round with you in another bullet.