Re: A-Max performance on game, Question
I used the 162g amax from my 7 RM at 2900fps on 1 muley at about 200 yards, and another at 790 yards. I wouldn't recomend them for close range, and surely not punching through shoulders. Neither bullet exited. The buck at 200 was shot through the shoulders, he dropped on the spot but was flip flopping around and he had to be shot again. The buck at 790 was hit behind the shoulder, hit a rib going in and still broke up enough to not exit. Deer went just a few yards and died however.
My buddy also used the 168g amax the same year in his 30-06 at about 2800-2850fps I believe and had the same results as I did. A total lack of penetration was obvious with no exit on a 200 yard buck that was broadside. He ended up having to finish it off as well.
They liquify the insides, but I just dont trust them inside 200 yards, or when going through bone. There a very fragile bullet IME. Just try to keep them off the shoulder and you should be ok.
I'd still use the 208g if I was you, or at least the 178g.