7mm 162gr A-Max

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  1. LVJ76

    LVJ76 Well-Known Member

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    I have some 7mm 162gr A-Max bullets rhat I want to use on my 7mm Rem Mag, now I know they are designed for longe range shooting and it is a match bullet but, I keep reading reviews about how great it performs on game.

    Does it work as good or great on game or not at all?
    Do they blow up at close range at magnum velocities?
    Do they leave an exit wound after hitting bone?
    Are they good enough for Elk?
    What is their effective killing max range?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. sable tireur

    sable tireur Well-Known Member

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    I've been using AMAX bullets for target and hunting for lots of years.

    There have been reports of blow ups at close range but my adventures don't ever get that close. I'm usually 200 yards or more for most of my shots in two states.

    Hitting a bone is not suggested for any AMAX as the jacket is milder than what you might be used to with other jacketed bullets. This is not a punch through the bone to break game down. It's a precision bullet meant to be used when you can pick your shot. So no on the exit wound.

    I think your 162s are a good choice for elk. Just skip that shoulder shot!:eek:;):D

    Effective killing range is up to what your capabilities are. My notes state that the energy for elk should be good to about 750 yards. This is with a decent 7mm Rem Mag load and your bullets.
     
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    LVJ76 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input, appreciate it
     
  4. Creedmoor shooter

    Creedmoor shooter Well-Known Member

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    I've shot 2 deer with the 162s from a 7mm mag. Both under 100 yards. Neither exited. The first one we didnt find a nbn thing left of the bullet due to a shoulder hit. Completely destroyed the lungs and heart of the deer. Nothing but absolute mush. The second one was a quartering to me shot and it hit the crease of the shoulder and stopped just under the hide on the off side by the rear quarter. That bullet retained 62 grains. Always been a big fan of the a-max/ eld-m line on game.
     
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    Thanks Creedmore Shooter, appreciate it
     
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    I killed a muley buck with a 162 Amax out of a 7RM. Shot was 95 yards, right behind the shoulder. Fragmented into a few pieces but absolutely took out the vitals.

    My father in law also shot a buck that season with a 168 Amax from a 308 win. Shot was around 200 give or take. Bang flop.
     
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    Thanks waspocrew

    So the one thing I read is just no exit wounds but great damage to vitals.

    I'll provably use these on Coues Deer so they should work just fine and I'll use the 162gr SST or 160gr Accubonds on Mulies.

    Thanks guys, appreciate the input.
     
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    I’ve used the 155 grainers (Amax) in a 308 for several years. Most shots have been under 200. I’ve never lost anything. Mostly deer and pigs.

    Some shots have blown up on ribs and not exited. Others have exited. All that I have shot, haven’t gone more than 30 yards or so.
     
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    Thanks John.

    I'll be shooting up to 500 yards with them but every once on a while I get shots at close range under 100 yds so I wanted to make sure the bullet will reach the vitals and turn them to jello
     
  10. sable tireur

    sable tireur Well-Known Member

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    I shot my first Coues deer with a .240 WBY and the 105 AMAX. I was prone under a small bush, one shot and he went straight down. It was across a narrow canyon, 615 yards. It was a ton of work getting over to him and getting the meat back, most of the day.
     
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    I used 140 Amax in 6.5x284 Killed a number of deer both Whitetail and Mule all shots at under 300 yards. I only found peace of bullets, and have had at least Two backbone shots where the bullet traveled a good distance in the spinal collum I switch to a 140 Nosler that shot the same group It's a bone crusher and holds together. I would not use Amax on Elk they are a much tougher animal I learn a painful lesson along time ago in Montana. Tracked a wounded Elk over 10 miles shot with a 270 and the bullet came apart A third of the meat was soured and jellied.
     
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    Some coues live in tough terrain and can be a pain to retrieve. We usually gut them and carry them out in our backs but we ain't 25 anymore so I've been debating taking game bags and field dressing them and make it easier on us.

    Thanks for the input.
     
  13. AZShooter

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    Been killing coues since 1983. Used twice used the 162 A-max with a 7 Rem mag to take them. Both shots were between 300 and 400 yds. Exited both times.

    With two guys it is easy to hang one up in a tree, skin and take all the cuts. Usually do the gutless method, making a slice into each side of abdomen near hips to retrieve tenderloins. While I have packed out an entire deer's meat by myself, I prefer to have a helper or two. Haven't taken out a whole gutted deer in well over 20 yrs. This will make everyone grin, one time I got to the deer (500 yd cross canyon shot) that was
     
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    Been killing coues since 1983. Twice I used the 162 A-max with a 7 Rem mag to take them. Both shots were between 300 and 400 yds. Exited both times.

    With two guys it is easy to hang one up in a tree, skin and pack out all the cuts. Cloth bags work great, even pillow cases will work. Usually do the gutless method, making a slice into each side of abdomen near hips to retrieve tenderloins at the end.

    While I have packed out all the deer's meat by myself, I prefer to have a helper or two. Haven't taken out a whole gutted deer in well over 20 yrs.

    This will make everyone grin, one time I got to the deer (500 yd cross canyon shot) that was quite a trek to go down and up to deer and forgot to bring a knife!!! I tied the entire deer on my backpack frame and brought it back to the truck. Would not want to consider that now!
     
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