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Old 01-10-2009, 09:44 PM
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208 AMAX versus 900 pound+ elk

Looking for opinions on the 208 AMAX in regards elk. I have shot many a deer with the 178 AMAX at high velocity with outstanding results. Of course these are much smaller than an elk. The bullet is 30 grains heavier and velocities are 250 FPS slower. I am not sure if these differences make up for it's frail nature. I should mention that I am a big fan of lung area (ribs) hits. NOT shoulder bone hits. Does anybody have any experiances with the 208 AMAX on elk, bears or moose? Any experiance regarding any critters with the 208 is appreciated.

Seems like the bullet showing the best potential from my ABS 300 RUM is the 208 AMAX. I would love to use it for everything. Getting awesome accuracy and good velocities with em.

I would rather use the 200 ACCUBONDS for the purpose in question except I am not having much luck in the accuracy department with them.
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Please just answer one very simple question. Why would anyone shooting long range load a low BC , low SD 168 gr offering in a 300 win???????

My answer to this is. The only reason is to make the 7 RM look good. There is no other reason.

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Old 01-10-2009, 11:45 PM
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Re: 208 AMAX versus 900 pound+ elk

meichele,
I'm interested in reading the responses to your question. The reason is I have 400 of those bullets which I have never shot through my 300 RUM Sendero. The Accubonds are very accurate in it even when the AOL is to fit the magazine, about a mile away from the lands. How far from the lands are you sitting the 208 AMAX?
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Re: 208 AMAX versus 900 pound+ elk

These 208's are 0.089" off the lands. I seat all my bullets to 3.700" OACL for proper feeding and functioning. Some when seated to 3.700" get shoved into the lands and others are far away such as the 208 AMAX. This is because the ogive is super long and sleek. The 178's at 3.700 get shoved into the lands. I think they seat an aditional 0.005" or so? I dont recall. If my memory serves me right the 200 and 180 AB's are .020" off the lands when seated to 3.700". It could be 30-40 I dont recall for sure but the 208 is much farther than the AB's. As far as accuracy all I can say is wow! I think I am going to settle on 92.5 grains of H50BMG at 3025 FPS with sub .5 MOA accuracy. At elk altitude (6500') and 60 degrees this load will offer 1800 FPE at 1K! Now it is just a matter of will it hold together long enough to nail both lungs or break through spinal bones on elk or moose.
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Please just answer one very simple question. Why would anyone shooting long range load a low BC , low SD 168 gr offering in a 300 win???????

My answer to this is. The only reason is to make the 7 RM look good. There is no other reason.

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Re: 208 AMAX versus 900 pound+ elk

Thanks, I get the feeling that at those long ranges the 208 Amax will do just fine. We'll see.
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Re: 208 AMAX versus 900 pound+ elk

Surely somebody out there has smacked something with a 208 AMAX.............Anything?
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Surely somebody out there has smacked something with a 208 AMAX.............Anything?
One of my clients shot a spike elk recently with the 178 grain Amax around 700+ yards and it worked fine. I would suppose the 208 would have done even better.
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One of my clients shot a spike elk recently with the 178 grain Amax around 700+ yards and it worked fine. I would suppose the 208 would have done even better.
How come you are not hunting? Come on get that elk.
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