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168gr AMAX Should I develop reduced load for closer shots

28 Nov 2020
@ 10:05 am (GMT)


Hi all.
I have a question (or two) about using the 168gr AMAX hunting Sambar that I'm looking for advice on.

I've read quite a few people say they get really good results with this projectile, that it is the only hunting projectile they use, etc
I have a lot of these and am about to work up a load in my 308.

As there are many here who have experience hunting with this projectile, I'm interested in thoughts about whether I should be developing two loads. One for closer in shots and one for further out.

To set the scene, I'm primarily interested in stalking Sambar hinds for meat.
In the areas I hunt, I expect most encounters will be from 50 yards to 100 yards.
I would expect the occasional opportunity at 200 to 300 or so, perhaps in a logging coup.
I'd pass on shots beyond 300-350 and instead get closer.

Being a soft projectile, I assume if I have a full power load, it would be fine at the 200-300yd ranges, but not suitable for the 50-100yd.
Should I develop a lower velocity load for the close in game, say MV around 2200?
And the 2600+fps or so MV for those longer ranges.

Or, should I just use a different projectile altogether for use closer in?

Some details:
Sauer 308 Sporter 22" 1:11 twist
I have other projectiles in my stash, including 178gr ELDX, 165gr SierraGK HPBT, 150gr SST (could buy others of course).
Game is Sambar, Hinds or Spikers primarily, Fallow if encountered.


28 Nov 2020
@ 10:41 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: 168gr AMAX Should I develop reduced load for closer shots
Hi Gordo. What a novel idea! I’d recommend you purchase a copy of Nathan Foster’s “The Practical Guide to Long Range Hunting Cartridges.” Don’t let the title fool you. It’s not just about shooting out past 500 yards. It will provide you with the knowledge to make an informed decision whether to dual-load for woods vs. logging coupe shots, or to select one bullet for the job.


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