My 13 year old shot his first deer this year at 75 yards with a 6.5 WSSM and the 140 grain AMAX. The doe dropped right there where she stood, never made a step. Doe had her head down, bullet went in slightly behind the leg and came out in fragments through the neck ahead of the far shoulder. What was interesting was you could see where the bullet fragments came out through the skin as there was red fluid leaking through a bunch of small holes in about a 6 inch circle.
Personally, I think they are fine for close range shots, I would not aim for hard bone though, like the shoulder. Behind the shoulder - through the heart, neck shot, spine shot, head shot, no problem at close range.
At longer ranges - lower velocity they have less chance of blowing up on impact and are fine also ...
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Re: A-max's for hunting?
Originally Posted by Oliveralan
was just pondering this myself. Talked to a friend who said A-max's arent good for hunting saying they are like the sierra MK and since he's a lot more experienced
I have had the opposite experience. IME, the AMAX react nothing like the SMK. If anything, they open too easily. This makes them great for the 308 and 708. At 300 RUM speeds to 500 yards they detonate violently. They are great for hunting up to deer size critters at medium velocities.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
Thanks Michael, value your opinion a lot on anything that vaguely conserns the .308win That was also what i experienced in my limited testing on hogs. Forgot to mention i shot a raccoon at 110yards, and the bullet expanded a bit, about a grapefruit sized exit, in the head out the stomach.
But like i said, i dont have any scientific data on jacket thickness etc so i can't really argue either way. I will see what the 210s do in my .308 and my 300 wm in march when im back hunting hogs.
I have shot about 300 animals with the Amax in 6.5, 7mm and .30 cal. Animals- Goats, deer and pigs. I agree with winmagman, better past 250 yards when used in the magnums but excelent allrounders in the smaller 6.5x55/7x57/7mm08 etc. They do work ok in the magnums at close range, just a bit shallow penetrating and in some cases, bullet blow up on the surface of the animal has allowed a long death run before the internal bleeding finally caused death. In other words, the bullet made it through to the vitals but did most damage on the onside shoulder- I recently had this result in the 7mm RUM, 3275fps, 50 yards on billy goats. In the 7RM, the 162gr Amax is pretty lack lustre till velocity falls down below 2700fps. The .30 caliber is more forgiving in this regard, shooting heavier Amax bullets that produce heavier, deeper penetrating fragments.
I don't understand how somebody could conclude the the Amax is in any way, even remotely similar to the SMK. They are the extreme oppostites. The Amax is very similar to the Berger but at low velocities, tends to shear lengthways rather than (for want of a better word) disintegrate. Regardlesss, the end results are similar in many instances. Wounding from the Amax at low velocities, particularily in 6.5 and 7mm on medium game can be extremely violent. Exit wounds can be very large, clearly visible through the scope after recoil. There is only one problem with the Amax- its not available in .338 or .375.........