I dont really think it will matter what bullet you use, there both gonna thump deer at close or long range. As stated, the AB is gonna hold together at 100 yards better then the AMAX, but I'm pretty sure the AMAX will still put that deer down at 100 yards. If not, it probly wearing a flak jacket of some sort. I would just buy both, and shoot them out to 500 yards to see which is more accurate. I dont really see any advantages in using target bullets unless the range is about 600-700 yards. The AB's and BTips are amazingly accurate out to 500-600 yards. I have on record a 1.5" 3 shot group at 525 yards with my factory rem LSS in 300 RUM with the 200g AB. Tell me a target bullet would do better then that.
What type of accuracy have you been getting with Interbonds? I've not got my loads worked up yet 'cause I was having some work done on the rifle, but I've got 180's (Interbonds and SST's) for my 300 WM.
I read some reports of so-so accuracy after I bought them and I was a little disappointed, so I'm pleased to see you are happy.
I'm in South Africa and for some or other reason guys here like to claim that even our antelope are thicker skinned than North American game (I know the people here have thicker skins, but I believe it less about the game as we are warmer too). Because of that I've been wary of A-Max / SMK's etc on game.
So I'm really hoping that the Interbonds work for me. I'll check out Accubonds too, but the Hornadys are priced much keener than the Noslers.
All of the Hornady poly tipped bullets have shot very well for me. Both the SST and interbond are almost as good as match bullets. Amazing considering their intended purpose.
As long as impact velocities are not over 3000fps, I sincerely doubt that any grass eater is going to 'bounce' a bullet. Certainly a light bullet 30cal is not a dangerous grass eater combo but more then enough for any game up to moose in size.
I would say Canadian deer have thicker hides/fur and more fat to shoot through then typical African deer. I really don't think a gazelle would last too long in minus 25C winters.
The slower they hit, the more penetration they will give you. I have found ideal impact velocity to be around 2300 to 2600fps. At this speed, I have had SST's travel through a lot of mule deer (measured in several feet) and give nice large exit wounds. Break bone not too bad if need be.
They are not for the bone breaking hunter, especially at close range and high impact velocities. You would be better served with the Barnes and similar.
But for the boiler room hunter, they work extremely well.