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260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

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Unread 11-10-2011, 03:49 PM
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260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

Done a lot of searching but decided it would be best to start a thread...

I'm almost out of 120gr Nosler BTs for my Model 700 Mountain LSS in .260 Remington, which have proven quite effective for me on whitetail. I've run them between 2675-2800fps from a 22" barrel with spectacular results from 15-100 yards.

That said, I've got some 120gr A-Max on the shelf from earlier this year, which I stopped shooting in lieu of 123-130gr bullets in my 260 target rifle.

The Nosler is a purpose-made hunting bullet and a known performer both in terms of accuracy and terminal performance from my M700. I'm certain I can get good accuracy from the 120gr A-Max as well, but I want to know if anybody else has used this specific bullets on whitetail or other game animals (I've read good reports about the 7mm 162gr and 30cal 155-178gr A-Max).

I know shot placement is the most important aspect of a hunt and any bullet can kill a whitetail with a head/neck shot, but the last thing I'd want to do is try to save a couple bucks on bullets and experience crappy terminal performance through the boiler room with a "match" bullet.

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    Unread 11-11-2011, 12:48 AM
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    Re: 260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

    In amax, the 140 should be fine, but the 120/123 may not be so much in your rifle.

    120 BT
    125PT
    129SP (not SST)
    130 AB
    130 Berger Hunting

    Last but not least, a bullet I'd shoot anything in NA -

    Barnes 120 TSX/TTSX or the 130 TSX

    The above cup/core bullets are listed in what I feel would be in increasing level of retention/penetration except the Berger, it may be the most fragile w/little doubt, though ok on deer.
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    Unread 11-11-2011, 06:30 AM
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    Re: 260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

    No fear, approaching 200 deer with Amax now. Same results as the Nosler 120 BT (my previous bullet). I've used the 120, 123 and 140gr Amax with identical results.

    I'll put out a few pictures Amax/Vmax through deer. (The wound channels give the same effect but are smaller with the Amax. I only shot some 25 deer with Vmax in a 243). As you can imagine, all of these deer dropped on the spot.

    CAUTION: Contains blood & gore, hiding the picture behind links. Do not click unless you are prepared for dead deer.

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    Unread 11-11-2011, 12:17 PM
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    Re: 260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

    Nice video. Also, your kill pics show alot of those hit in spine, most all look broadside. No doubt one will get kills.

    I choose hunting bullets to work also from bad angles should one have a nice animal come out at a bad angle and not offer a better shot as I would rather shoot a harder bullet into heavier bone given choice.

    Most all bullets will kill esp. when used w/in their limits, but the softer esp. soft + light bullets to me are less forgiving when the chips are down on shot presentation.
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    Re: 260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

    Yes, most of my shots are broadside but I run them through any agle except a Texas heartshot - I shoot them in the neck or head when facing front/back. As log as I can see the "armpit" and it isn't running I'm good.

    I've stocked up 6000 140 amax now so that will be my bullet after I've shot out the few 123gr I have left.
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    Unread 11-12-2011, 12:32 AM
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    Re: 260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

    WOW= you are going to drop alot of deer

    The 140 I know has been said to drop Whitetails over 600 yds via 260/AI. It's a good one. Enjoy.
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    Re: 260 Rem: 120 A-Max for deer?

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    WOW= you are going to drop alot of deer
    Nah, I'm not going to shoot THAT many. A season usually is in the area of 50 deer for me, but I shoot a lot of targets.

    Due to how shooting is organized here, the 6,5mm Hornady 140gr Amax is half price of all suitable bullets for me. Bullets are expendables and they only get more expensive so I stack up as much as I can whilst they are cheap.
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