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Old 07-09-2010, 11:27 PM
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7mm 162g A-MAX for elk??? please help

I have an AZ cow elk hunt this year and will be using a 7mm rum. I have available locally hornady 162g amax bullets. Personal ability will limit my shooting this year to 500yds. Everything I have read so far looks down on the amax for hunting because of its construction but, results that I have read about say it preforms just like the berger vld that everyone on this site loves. I would like to stay in the 160 to 180g range on bullets and my load book recommends nothing lighter than the 140's. You guys have not steered me wrong in 2 years so, whats your opinion on the amax for elk?
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Old 07-10-2010, 08:52 AM
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Re: 7mm 162g A-MAX for elk??? please help

Boyce,

Excellent caliber and bullet. There are lots of field experiences and success on A-max on deer size game and smaller but not on the majestic and tough elk that I know of. I'm not saying that it will not do the job. Personally, the largest game I have taken is a mule deer with 178gr in my .300WM under 500 yards.

Most will say that there are better choices out there for elk. However, it's always nice to have someone prove us wrong.

I have not seen it compared to the Bergers but have seen plenty comparison with the SSTs. Our AUS and NZ friends have lots of success on sambar (Sambar (deer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia), if you want to use that for elk comparison.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 07-10-2010, 09:01 AM
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Re: 7mm 162g A-MAX for elk??? please help

Personally I'd go with a tougher bullet than the Amax. At RUM velocities I think you're asking for trouble, especially if a shot inside 100 yds presents itself or you have a quartering in shot where you need to punch through a shoulder. I just wouldn't count on the Amax to reliably get the kind of penetration needed in those situations.

I myself would shoot an Accubond, Scirocco, or Interbond just for the added insurance. Even more so if you're putting out a significant chunk of change to go on this hunt.

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Old 07-10-2010, 09:33 AM
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Re: 7mm 162g A-MAX for elk??? please help

Here is how much personal experience I have with the AMAX for hunting ZERO but I do remeber a post on here about a rifle Shawn Carlock built in 260rem shooting 140g AMAX that his costomer used to kill and ELK at 600+ I tryed to find it for you but I cant.
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Old 07-10-2010, 10:55 AM
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Re: 7mm 162g A-MAX for elk??? please help

I have used the 162 Amax out of a 7mmRM with great results on elk. My speeds are 2935fps. Our shots are also long. I wouldnt use them out of a 7mmRUM though because of the speeds the RUM will produce will cause the bullet to explode.
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Old 07-11-2010, 02:51 AM
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Re: 7mm 162g A-MAX for elk??? please help

As hard as those AZ cow tags are to get I would not chance my hunt to an A-max. In a perfect world with a perfect shoot they would do okay, but that's rarely the case elk hunting. Nothing against the a-max, t's a great bullet for what it's designed for...match shooting. Hornady even suggests on their website that the A-max is "not recommend on medium and large game".

You would be much better off with their Interbond or SST. I recommend the Interbond, but they can be pretty tough to find. That being said, I'll sell you a whole box out of my stash at a discount if you will use them over the a-max on elk (I feel that strongly about it).
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Old 07-11-2010, 07:50 PM
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Re: 7mm 162g A-MAX for elk??? please help

I know it's boring, but consider the good old 160 or 175 grain Nosler Partition, or the 160 Nosler Accubond. They're long-proven performers on elk and will treat you right. I took my big 6x6 bull with one shot through the boiler room with a 175 NP from a 7mm Rem mag. He took a few faltering steps and collapsed.

The A-Max is a fine bullet but I think there are better options for hunting elk.

FWIW, Guy
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