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Old 10-13-2012, 07:36 AM
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A-max? More on the debate..

Im not trying to open up another can of worms. I've read alot on here about the amax and hunting with it. Seems most I've read say its great for hunting mid sized or smaller game.... well I hunt elk?

I was watching a hunting show on the outdoor channel (I wish I could remember the name of the show) but they had a hornady rep that was actually promoting the amax as a great hunting bullet because of the poly tip promoting expansion upon impact..
as of right now I shoot bergers and am impressed with them on my elk this year. But I have also killed alot of game with the sst bullets and they perform very well also! Would the amax be like a high BC sst?.

Its got me confused that on hornady websight they say not to use the amax for hunting, then on this show the hornady rep says its a great hunting bullet. What's everyones thoughts on this?
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:56 AM
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Re: A-max? More on the debate..

I use the Amax in 22, 6mm, 6.5, and 7mm. All work great. With every gun I've taken deer. Yardage varies with caliber, but 700 yds with a 7mm and it passed through(hole the size of a softball). Yes a 175lb whitetail is not an elk, but to say it's not a hunting bullet I think is wrong.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:20 AM
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Re: A-max? More on the debate..

In past years "Berger" was not a hunting bullet so if I was you I'd use te Amax and make up your own opinion. There is a guy on another forum that does a lot of deer/elk depredation culling and he uses the amax.

I was very leary on the Berger bullets years back. I Personally watched/inspected a number of shots/kills with the Bergers before I made the switch.

The bottom line is a well placed shot IMO. I will always respect another's opinion on calibers, bullets etc., but I will go with my own tested results.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:23 AM
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Re: A-max? More on the debate..

IIRC, there was a Canadian LRH member that shot a nice cow elk last year (or perhaps the year before).

ADDED: This was posted just 2 days ago >>> 2 desert bulls
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:53 AM
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Re: A-max? More on the debate..

Thanks for the link and opinions. Its good to see something big bodied shot with the a max. I've been looking around and couldn't find much for large game.

I like the bergers and I don't really know if I even want to switch, however if the a max is equally as good with similar BC. Then it would be worth it because of the price difference being almost 20$the per box less..

He stated in that link that he had loaded interlocks for close range? Why would that be? Shouldn't the a max perform the same at short or long range?
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Re: A-max? More on the debate..

There is a much older thread with a rifle built by Shawn where the guys wife took a nice Elk at 500+ with the AMAX and 260 rem.
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Re: A-max? More on the debate..

If you're going to shoot an elk with amax bullets you need to keep them out of the shoulder bones. These will do best in the ribs only. I've shot coues bucks up to moose with them and the last place you want an amax at any range or speed is heavy bone. Keep them in the ribs and you're fine. Shoulders will make life suck quickly.

These are much more frail than sst's. I have found the sst's to have much higher bc's than advertised. IMO, sst's are still light for elk but much better than amax's.

All that said, I love amax's for hunting medium sized game. They open quickly and reliably but will vaporize on heavy bone.
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