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Hornady A-MAx Bullets - any good for hunting?

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Old 08-16-2011, 07:23 PM
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Re: Hornady A-MAx Bullets - any good for hunting?

They are a great bullet in all calibers. Perhaps the best all around bullet I know of for all but dangerous game. Scary accurate great bc anything I have shot up to an including pretty big African game never had a problem at all with them.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:04 PM
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Re: Hornady A-MAx Bullets - any good for hunting?

Never used them myself but a good friend of mine won't use anything else. He has two nice 6x6 bull elk with video to back up his claims both were over 500 yards both dumped with feet of impact.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:34 PM
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Re: Hornady A-MAx Bullets - any good for hunting?

I know they will blow through a pressure treated 4x4 at 300 yards than the fender, oil filter and oil pan of a Pontiac transport 100 yards later out of a .300 wm.

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Old 08-17-2011, 09:27 PM
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Re: Hornady A-MAx Bullets - any good for hunting?

have used the 75 grain 223 bullets in my ackley tears a coyote up out to 575 for sure, have shot the 123 6.5 bullet on game out past 800 yards with devastating results, with the tip they have you know that they are going to open up. I dont think you will go wrong
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:41 PM
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Re: Hornady A-MAx Bullets - any good for hunting?

Ive shot a huge bodied muley at 30 yds with a 178 Amax out of my 308 (aprox 2435 fps) and it was perfect bullet performance.

Marble size entrance, entry side ribs had golf ball size entry hole, lungs and heart were soup, and then golf ball size exit hole through exit would side, including broken set of ribs on exit wound side.

No bullet recovered as it blew through and kept on goin....

One big leap after impact and he was down.

I have these same bullets loaded in my 308, 30-06, and 300WSM and I would be plenty comfy aiming any one of those at an elk, deer, or anything smaller of course.

I say Go ahead with the Amax for hunting anything in the "big game" catagory.
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:59 PM
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Re: Hornady A-MAx Bullets - any good for hunting?

Shot 2 whitetail fawns last season (over a year ago) with the 105 grn. out of a 243. One was ~300 yds, one was ~180 yds. Both bullets passed completely through, both fawns dropped dead in their tracks.

Both carcasses showed quite a bit of damage. The 300 yd was a high shoulder/spine shot (on purpose) and it left a wound big enough to put my fist in from the top, almost like you took a broadaxe and chopped out a wedge in top of the whithers. The 180 yd shot was broadside lungs (again on purpose) and the exit wound was approx 2" diameter, massive trauma to both lungs, diaphram and heart. If I recall correctly, broken ribs on both entrance and exit.

Neither bullet was recovered. Hope to have some LR coyote kills from those bullets in the near future.........don't know if the fur will salvage, but that's not important from my perspective.

I wouldn't have any problem using them again on bigger deer.
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