Before Antelope season this October, I reworked a load using the 208 gr. .308 A-Max in my Warbird. Was looking for a shot in excess of 500 yds. so I thought this high BC bullet would be a good bet on that light of an animal. It worked fine. Expansion was explosive, wound channel devastating and weight retention not very good ; all things expected from a thin jacketed bullet. Even so, the bullet did penetrate quite well. I'm sure sheer mass of the bullet had lots to do with that. So I figured I'd give the combo a go on Mule Deer come general big game season.
I was able to take a large Mulie on the third day of the season with the bullet. Again, it did the job. The shot was right around 250 yds. at a steep uphill grade, with the buck quartering away slightly. The bullet entered a little low, just behind the front shoulder and exited high behind the off side shoulder. The only bone it came into contact with was rib. Shards from the rib did a number on the lungs as the bullet almost completely unattached the heart from arteries. I'd never seen that before. Exit hole was much smaller then I'd have expected seeing amount of destruction to rib and flesh. Meat of the off side shoulder was fairly blood shot, even though it wasn't hit.
All in all, I was pleased with the bullet. Kinda educated myself on what I already suspected might be true about the bullet. Using the combo again, I'd aim farther back competely staying away from the shoudlers. These bullets do cause lots of trama and any sort of impact close to meat you'd like to put in the freezer may be hammered. I'd never use a light for caliber A-Max on deer and I would never intentionally impact on-side shoulder, even with the heavy for caliber bullet. Either way you slice it, these bullets are frangible. I believe the 208's work fine because there's the mass (good) to back up or off-set the light construction (bad). Use a lighter A-Max (light weight with light construction) and you might open yourself up to seeing performane you probably wouldn't like.
More then likely, after testing things out on game, I'll probably go back to the original load I had worked up using the 180 or 200 gr. AccuBond. But the A-Max test was certainly worth taking and I enjoyed collection the on game results from it's use.
Good luck with the bullet if you choose to use it. >> korey
Last edited by klallen; 11-24-2007 at 02:21 PM..