Re: A MAX for hunting?
Have done some expansion tests and compared to Nosler BT, and J4 match. All 165gr out of a WBY (3100fps). AT 70yds, the BT went through 3 gallon milk jugs, the others two. So at an impact vel of over 3000fps, the amax stays together to take out most grass eaters.
The "hydrostatic" shock was amazing. Pieces of jug were thrown up to 10 ft.
Other test was with my 308 and 155gr AMax. Muzzle vel at 2850fps, range 385yds. Bullet blew a nice clean 5/8" hole through a 5/16" mild steel plate. Didn't think I needed to prove that point again.
At LR, those AMAx are going to work just fine for broadside/shoulder presentations. If still concerned, use the new SST and your issues are over. The SST's are also very accurate and even higher BC then the AMax - comparing 165SST and 168Amax.