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The SMK's aren't "supposed" to be used for hunting either but they are pretty popular for LR shooters and have been used very successfully for an awful long time. IMO for the long range stuff you need a bullet that is going to open up easier than today's modern hunting bullets so the A-max is a very good choice. Most bullets today have around 1800 fps minimum velocity, in many cases that number should be higher to get a bullet to expand, for proper expansion and that doesn't get some shooters out nearly as far as they like to shoot.

What hunting bullets have the BC's of the A-Max and SMK? Are you talking about the custom copper bullets? I guess some like the Accubond does have BC's close but then you have the minimum velocity issue that limits your distance.

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    The SMK's aren't "supposed" to be used for hunting either but they are pretty popular for LR shooters and have been used very successfully for an awful long time. IMO for the long range stuff you need a bullet that is going to open up easier than today's modern hunting bullets so the A-max is a very good choice. Most bullets today have around 1800 fps minimum velocity, in many cases that number should be higher to get a bullet to expand, for proper expansion and that doesn't get some shooters out nearly as far as they like to shoot.

    What hunting bullets have the BC's of the A-Max and SMK? Are you talking about the custom copper bullets? I guess some like the Accubond does have BC's close but then you have the minimum velocity issue that limits your distance.

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    Interlock, Accubond, Sciroccos all have the BC's to get you to the limits of adequate energy to reliably kill game. They all will also give reliable and predictable expansion.

    Now if one is using one of the big .338's it's a whole new equation just due to the mass of the bullet. In them I can understand BC surpassing all other considerations.
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    I shot this one last week at 240 yds. 280 ack. 162 A-max. He was facing me and angled a little. I put the cross hairs on his neck about half way between his head and shoulder. He just dropped. When I went to him no blood. could not see an entry hole no exit. When I skinned him this is what I found. small hole in the front and a big hole in the back of the neck. Hit the neck bone and it exploded Jacket was in the hide. Found a few pieces of lead like bird shot.


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    By no means does Hornady recomend these for hunting???????????

    better look again.


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    I use what works!
    300g Bergers in the 338Edge.
    6.5-284 and 7Mag=Nosler Partitions in the chamber when I'm moveing and Amaxes for all shots past 300 yards. Aiming for the boiler room!!
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    Re: Hornady A-Max

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    Interlock, Accubond, Sciroccos all have the BC's to get you to the limits of adequate energy to reliably kill game. They all will also give reliable and predictable expansion.

    Now if one is using one of the big .338's it's a whole new equation just due to the mass of the bullet. In them I can understand BC surpassing all other considerations.
    Interlocks, really? Interbonds maybe but even they are quite a bit less than the upper tier of bullets in the BC department at least for the calibers I use. No doubt the sirocco's and Accubond's are good but IME they need 1900+ to be safe for expansion which does limit ones distance in some cartridges. If you are shooting the big boys then probably not.

    I have been really impressed with the A-max's for mid level cartridges or for the big burners at longer ranges. You may want to give them a try. They open up very nicely close to 1100 fps and typically hold 50-60% of their weight.

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    It baffles me why some people insist on using a bullet for hunting that the manufacturer tells us point blank is not intended to be used as a hunting bullet.

    Emphasis mine. If there were not a long list of High BC, great shooting bullets on the market desiged and intended to be used as hunting bullets it would at least make some sense, but that is not the case.
    Actually, one of my Hornady manuals specifically recommends the A-Max for hunting thin skinned big game animals. I've had excellent results on whitetails with the 162 A-Max at all ranges when fired from a 7STW.
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