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Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

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Unread 05-24-2009, 08:15 PM
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Re: Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

I am a very big fan of the A-Max. I use them in 7mm Rem. Mag, 30:06 and 308. The all give me superb accuracy, and I have taken many whitetails with them. I have hit deer from most every angle except the extreme rear and they all pretty much droped on the spot. I usually get an exit and yes there is often a lot of tissue damage. Usually on a good broadside shot, you are really not loosing any noticable amount of meat , but if you cant tolorate the substantial tissue damage, I would choose something else.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 03:47 AM
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Re: Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

Oh, i used VV-N560, 59grains i believe.

Im about to try RL22
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Unread 05-25-2009, 10:34 AM
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Re: Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

Has anyone pushed these out of a 7-08 with any success? If so what kind of results did you get in terms of accuracy & how far? any load, barrel length info would be appreciated. what would be considered max range on whitetail with this combo? The reason I'm asking is I'm starting to collect parts for a 7-08 build that I'd like to punch paper out to 1k with & use as a mid range whitetail rifle out to 6-700 yard range.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 10:54 AM
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Re: Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

The 162gr A-Max works quite well when fired from my 7STW. Accuracy is very good and terminal performance is impressive. All of my shots on whitetails have been either broadside or high shoulder shots. Broadside shots leave silver dollar size exit holes and deer drop within 20-40 yards. Shoulder shots drop deer DRT and rarely exit. It you like front shoulder meat than I'd avoid the shoulder shot. But....... if you want a deer to drop where he is standing than the shoulder shot is very effective with the A-Max.

Just my 2 cents.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 04:36 PM
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Re: Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

I have used this bullet in a 7mm/08 , Rem. 700 heavy barrel varmit rifle and accuracy was easily under 1/2 moa at 2700 fps. I feel the accuracy was there for the extended range you want for whitetail deer, but the very substantial bullet drop would certainly call for much more skill than I possess.

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Unread 06-02-2009, 10:57 AM
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Re: Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

I have used them in my RUM and they are very accurate! I have used them on long shots on animals and they work great but on a few things I have shot inside of 400yds out of that gun if you were to make a bad shot I think you might want something that would hold together a little better. But out of a 280ai I think they would work just fine.
The Bear.
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Unread 11-11-2011, 12:17 AM
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Re: Hornady 7MM 162 Grain A-Max

Nathan Foster of Terminal Ballistics Research rates the 162 A-Max as one of the best long range hunting bullets in the 7x57mm Mauser, for thin skinned game. It's very similar to a Berger VLD.

In my CZ 550 7x57 I'm getting sub-MOA accuracy with IMR 4064 seated 0.010" off the lands.

140 GameKing is just as accurate in my rifle, so the A-Max is only useful for really long shots.

Nathan's view is based as a pro hunter and seeing it used extensively in New Zealand. If an A-Max isn't any good, then a Berger VLD shouldn't be any good as they are very similar, except the price.

If I get a shot at a mule deer past 300 yards, the GameKing will be replaced by the A-Max, but I hope to get closer than 300 yards so I can use a neck shot.
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