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Old 07-28-2013, 06:12 AM
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162gr Amax vs. Moose?

Was wondering whether anyone had any experience with 7mm 162 Amax on moose, and if so whether they felt that they were to frangible for this quarry?
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Re: 162gr Amax vs. Moose?

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Was wondering whether anyone had any experience with 7mm 162 Amax on moose, and if so whether they felt that they were to frangible for this quarry?
On many occasions I've seen an average whitetail completely stop a 162 A-Max. The bullet fragmented into pieces so small that there was barely anything identifiable left. With a well placed shot into the center of the lungs of a moose the A-Max would probably do the job but how often do you get the perfect shot opportunity?
How about a 160 Accubond, terminal performance would be much more reliable on moose.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:47 PM
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Re: 162gr Amax vs. Moose?

I've killed 2 moose with Amax bullets. One of which was a 30 cal 208. Neither case was pretty. In the end they got the job done but the situations were both ugly. I could see how it could easily have been uglier. I doubt the 7mm/162 will offer better results.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:36 PM
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I've killed 2 moose with Amax bullets. One of which was a 30 cal 208. Neither case was pretty. In the end they got the job done but the situations were both ugly. I could see how it could easily have been uglier. I doubt the 7mm/162 will offer better results.
Ugly as in there was a a hole the size of a baby out the far side of it, or ugly as in the animal was down but far from dead?

Were these shots trying to get through shoulders?
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On many occasions I've seen an average whitetail completely stop a 162 A-Max. The bullet fragmented into pieces so small that there was barely anything identifiable left. With a well placed shot into the center of the lungs of a moose the A-Max would probably do the job but how often do you get the perfect shot opportunity?
How about a 160 Accubond, terminal performance would be much more reliable on moose.
My buddy shoots the 178 AMax's out of his .300 WM, and while the group well, I have hears alot of horror stories when shooting game with them...

I would try a Berger 168 VLD, or Nosler 160gr Accubond, myself. Maybe even the Berger 180 VLD. I have never shot a Moose, so I am going off of a guess. I have shot deer with Nosler Accubonds, and they performed flawlessly. And this year I will be shooting deer with Berger VLD's. I have read nothing but positive reviews about the Bergers for hunting, which is why I recommended them.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:29 PM
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I have read nothing but positive reviews about the Bergers for hunting, which is why I recommended them.
Thanks for that. From my experience (I have to relay this as I think it plain cruel on game not to say something).... I can safely say that 130gr .270 Berger VLDs were by far the worst bullet I have ever used on game, and by some margin. I am so astonished at their recommendation for hunting, particularly in the light of all the rave reviews that you have also become aware of, that I feel that I have to say that VLDs are not a guaranteed performer. I have shot twenty something animals from feral goats to red deer in size, from 50m to 400m, and other than spine shots (which any old piece of lump of metal will look the business when striking the spine), they were insufferably cruel in their execution of the task. If you did not have a dog to help in tracking, then you might want one! These were the hunting bullets not the target bullets which I understand people can confuse.

I can not speak more lowly of these; I cannot speak of the other VLD calibres but there are a few threads round that detail identical examples to that I experienced. I hope that this might save some unnecessary suffering should people see the early signs in experimenting with VLDs.

Back to Amaxs on moose......anyone?
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Re: 162gr Amax vs. Moose?

I have used Nosler Accubonds on game, and they worked 100%.

That sucks about your experience with the Berger bullets. I'm going to give them a shot this year to see how well they work. They are grouping incredibly with my rifles, so hopefully they'll perform the same.

I don't shoot game in the shoulder, so hopefully I should be ok.

Where were you shooting game at? Shoulder?
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