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A-Max Performance on Deer

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Unread 02-18-2005, 05:01 PM
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A-Max Performance on Deer

Anyone who has had real experience with A-Max bullet performance on whitetails please respond. I would be using 155 grain A-Max in a .300 Win Mag. What are your experiences with the A-Max on game?

Is there a danger of the A-Max blowing up and failing to penetrate on a shot taken at a deer within 50 yards?

Thanks in advance for your experience and advice.
Jon C. Bischof
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Unread 02-18-2005, 06:03 PM
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Re: A-Max Performance on Deer

Yep , the A-max is gonna blow up at pretty much any range and the speed of a 300mag at 50 yds you may as well call it a V-max!
I have used the 168's out a 308 for a while and found that the Sierra Match Kings were a little stronger and more accurate so i went to those.
If your gonna use an A-max in a 300 then I would suggest the 178gr. at least its a little longer and may hold together a little bit more.
But if you want to use a 150gr class bullet then I'd check out the new Hornady Interbond or Nosler Accubond I have a couple boxes of the 150 accubond on order now.

But in short the A-max bullets are a good bit more fragile that a Balistic tip of the same weight.
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Unread 02-18-2005, 06:57 PM
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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.
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Unread 02-21-2005, 11:53 AM
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Re: A-Max Performance on Deer

Keep impact vel under 2800fps and you will be fine with the Amax. This is not a bone crushing bullet by any means so aim accordingly.

I did some water filled milk jug testing a while back. Used 168gr Amax, J4 and Ballistic tips out of a 300Wby. Vel was 3150fps for all three bullets.

At 50yds, the ballistic tips penetrated the most at vaporizing the first two jugs and splitting the third. The Amax and J4 both blew up two jugs and put holes in the third. That third jug was almost in one piece but leaking.

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Unread 02-21-2005, 02:43 PM
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Re: A-Max Performance on Deer

I loaded some 178's for a friend with a 'o6. Didn't think he'd try em on deer but he liked the accuracy. He shot a medium whitetail doe at about 75 yds broadside and didn't get a exit wound. Deer jumped and ran about 50 yds and fell dead. For what you described I sure wouldn't recomend them. Buy yourself some good old cheap 180 hornady interlocks or if you have to go "high tech" get some interbond or accubond. No sense in limiting yourself to certain shots with an improper bullet when the right one will do better from all angles!!??
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Unread 02-21-2005, 03:07 PM
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Re: A-Max Performance on Deer

Can't give you anything on magnum velocities, however I have used the 140 in .264 on several hogs as well as my daughter taking a nice whitetail with her 6.5x55.

At the time I worked up the loads, they had just come out, and the Hornady folks were rabid about not using them for hunting. However at the low velocities we shoot them at they work just fine.

Your results will be much different I would imagine, and I would really look at the other bullets mentioned first.
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Unread 02-21-2005, 05:01 PM
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Re: A-Max Performance on Deer

I just loaded some 162gr A-Max's in my 7STW. I intended to use them on Wyoming antelope this September. I chose the A-Max because it has a high BC and will resist the unpredictable wind better than some other bullets and because I figured that the antelope are rather easy to kill. Similar to small deer. Shots are expected to be about 400 yards.


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