Re: A-Max Performance on Deer
I shot some mule deer this fall with 168 A-Max and actually had great performance but the shots were all fairly long. Never had a close shot except one at 45 yards through the neck, did not have too large of an exit as I recall. One memorable shot was at 525, deer was across a coulee, standing head-on feeding, head down in the crop. I put the elevation and wind on the Nightforce and let go. Dropped like a stone - hit him right between the shoulder blades. Shot a couple more out past 500 and they exited, side shots, about 1 1/2-2 inch exits - this was with my .308 Win. ROCK rifle. Gave a bunch of that ammo to our farmer buddy and he killed several deer with them, liked them equally to the Nosler Comp. Supreme, Speer and Sierra match bullet he had been shooting deer with on the cull. He killed quite a few deer but do not know exactly how many. He would hunt and shoot with them anyday.
I am NOT disputing your suggestion that they are not as heavy jacketed and cannot say either way about close shots since we did not do many on the cwd cull. They are very accurate bullets and usually shoot a bit flatter in our rifles than the hollow points. Your suggestion to use Interbonds and Accubonds is a good one, we killed quite a bunch of deer with these bullets with excellent success. I used both the .308 and .300 WSM with these bullets and both worked great. After all that shooting the last couple of years I could not say what my favorite bullet is - we had very good performance with everything we tried except the Triple Shocks at real long range with the .308's (500-650 chest shots)- they were not opening enough to transmit shock, never smacked them like some other bullets will do.