Re: A-Max Performance on Deer
All of you fellows are making good sense with your replies. I am afraid the .300 Win Mag pushes the 155 grain A-Max a little too fast for reliable penetration on close shots on deer. This is reloaded ammo and I don't have a chrony but I assume that the MV is a little over 3,000 ft/sec.
I don't want to discourage Varmint Hunter from using them on antelope, though. Pronghorn are not big-boned and you will probably not get any close shots anyway. At 400 yards, or even at 300; you don't want a bullet that is too tough to expand at lower velocities. So a soft bullet like the 162 grain A-Max is probably going to perform well on pronghorns beyond 200 yards. And I think the A-Max would have enough penetration to kill them at any distance with a broadside shot. But I would shy away from any quartering shots with the A-Max if you are under 150 yards--especially with the 7mmSTW--your A-Max is probably hauling ass faster than my lighter bullet out of the .300 Win Mag!
I will probably use the rest of these A-Max's on paper and just use 150 Barnes X on the deer. But the accuracy of both of these bullets is soooooo good in my rifle--one hole. I may have to try one on a doe just to see for myself. But then I may find myself crawling around for miles on my hands and knees looking for blood [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img].
Jon C. Bischof