I only use A-MAX in my 50 BMG - and that's a hotly debated topic in the 50 community. There is not much else to hunt with if you need a good .509 projectile. Any comments on the 750gr A-MAX for deer/antelope/elk/yotes? I'm sure they will do fine on gophers.
The 750 A-Max is actually a great game bullet for deer and like sized game. While I have never used them on elk, I have heard that solid shoulder hit will result in severe meat damage to the offside???
Point being, its not a good idea to have a bullet fully expand when its packing +10,000 ft/lbs of energy or even 6000 lbs for that matter which is out to 1000 yards on most loads.
For chest shots I have seen results that performed quite well on elk size game but I have heard that solid shoulder hits resulted in some serious damage.
On deer size game, actual tissue damage is much less then one would expect. On yotes, its basically a 1/2" hole in and out with no expansion really at all on broadside shots. Antelope are also quite similiar.
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I don't shoot the a-max myself but a buddy of mine does and I have liked their results. He shoots the 105gr 6mm and it actually did more damge and showed more rapid expansion on a prarie dog at 100 yds than a 55gr ballistic tip. I think they would be great for Oklahoma whitetails simply because of this rapid expansion. The key word here is "OKlahoma Whitetails", our deer out here have hides as thick a paper napkins so it doesn't take a whole lot to put one down. I think if you shot them into anything fairly thick or heavy skinned you will be in trouble. GO with what FIfty said and try the accubond's or at least a ballistic tip as long as it isn't a varmint grade one. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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I have a load for the accubond with my 7 RM but am getting a little tired of paying 30+ $ for a 100 So I am looking at shooting the A-Max's for target. What I am really trying to do is find an economical bullet for target and hunting that I can shoot all the time and get very formiliar with the load and how it drops at distances, etc... I always thought that the Hornaday bullets were expensive for some reason and so I never looked at their selection. Well I was breezing through the midway book and found out that the a-max's were CHEAP and have a huge BC for their size next to the accubonds, and the Berger 180's that I have been shooting.
PS. Our deer (columbia blacktail) are tiny around here. I have only seen maybe 3 or 4 deer ever that would go over 100 pounds.
I shoot 1/4 inch groups at a 1000 yards. That is...till my second shot.