Definitely not a long range shot but my first on critter test with a Hornady A-Max.
I have heard everything from its the duck's nutz on deer to its way too fragile for deer. Here's what I observed (granted its an example of one):
First the load: Caliber : .30/06: 49.0 grains of VV-N140, RP case, Fed 215 MM primer, 155 grain Hornady A-Max, Velocity is about 2800-2,805 fps.The range was about 50 yards.
Meat Buck Pictures:
The bullet entered just behind the buck's shoulder (about 180 lbs live weight on the hoof) on the facing side and exited the off side shoulder nearly dead center.
The entrance wound was approximately caliber (.308) size and the exit wound was about .50 caliber to one inch in diameter. Everything in between was simply demolished and the blood trail was easy to follow. The buck made about 30 yards across the top of a ridge before sliding on his belly.
In short, very impressive performance on game for a "match" bullet.