I load a max bullets in my rifles for deer. 155's in my 308, 168's in my 300 wsm
and 162's in my buddies 7 mags and I can tell you that the amax is the greatest deer bullet I have ever shot. It is not as explosive as match hollowpoints and penetrates well. I would be a little leary of shooting an elk with them though. Looks to me like you have the perfect deer load, just play with another bullet for elk.