Originally Posted by Nomosendero
Alot of "opinions" in that link. I noticed that those without experience with the A-Max at 308 velocities said they should not be used, those who used mags said that they were violent & those who actually used them for Deer at 308 velocities thought they are very good.
Hmmm, I think I may try them for Deer!
Well put. I also think you will not be disappointed. What many shooters here dont realize is that the fact that Amax's are so frail works to the benefit of shooters who choose to use slower calibers. Slower meaning under 3000 FPS and in some cases much slower like 2600 FPS. This is because they will expand at velocities at considerably lower velocities than many other 'hunting' bullets. Shooters here talk about the SMK's sometimes opening and sometimes not etc....etc....The one thing (at least I have never heard or read this) that you never hear is that the Amax didnt open up and expand. I am pretty sure if the Amax is still super sonic there will be some sort of deformation. I dont know that but that point is too far to be shooting at game anyway. This is the perfect balance for the 308 since you typically dont get 'hunting' bullets up fast enough to open on deer at 800 yards where the Amax will. Damage is always more important than 'mathematical' energy.
The one thing you will hear is that they come unglued at high velocities. This is true. So long as the targets are not to deep, it isnt a problem. I have taken 3 deer with the 178 with an exit velocity of 3250 FPS. The bullets did go wild. The damage was amazing. My guess is that this wouldnt be acceptable for big elk as penetration could be an issue albiet if one COULD keep the bullets in the ribs, he would probably be OK there. Unfortunately, shoulder bones are often encountered.