View Full Version : hornady 123 A-max factory ammo for deer
07-11-2011, 07:30 PM
I recently finished my grendel build and am planning on using it this deer season. My rifle shoots the factory 123 grain A-Max amazingly. I plan on reloading for my rifle in the future but not until after I put a few more boxes of these through it first. (Partly because they shoot so good, partly because I would rather reload my own brass than spend the money on buying brass) I have read good things about the a-max for hunting but just wanted some more opinion. Can I be confident in this ammo come October or should I load up something else?
07-11-2011, 08:00 PM
Welcome! General consensus seems to be that the 123 Amax will smoke midsized game like deer.
I don't hunt anything but coyotes, so I won't testify to their effectiveness, but everyone I've seen that has used them has reported good results.
07-11-2011, 09:09 PM
hey thanks, what kind of expansion can I expect out of the A-Max, from what I have read, it seems to be somewhere between the SST and V-Max, which I would consider perfect, is that right or am I totally off? Our deer here arent real big so I like a bullet to do a little damage before it exits and I HATE tracking, to many thorns...
07-12-2011, 03:05 PM
I am sure you will be quite pleased. Put your first shot where you want it and you will not need a second. My favorite part of Grendel hunting is that given the limited recoil, I can keep the target in my sight picture and see impact. Enjoy.
07-12-2011, 05:29 PM
Take a look in the hunting section about what I shot last season @465yds and the AMAX performed well, in fact that was a 14.5" bbl too
07-12-2011, 10:59 PM
nice buck warped, nice rifle too. I beleive I have found the confidence I have been looking for. Im not sure why I have been so worried, my plan is to use the Grendel for head and neck shots on does, cull bucks and hogs, I plan on keeot ping my ole .300 win mag in the stand in case I see the big boy, but its nice to know its not absolutely necessary and that the 6.5 will work just fine
07-13-2011, 02:00 AM
You won't need your .300winmag, might as well leave it at home.
07-15-2011, 02:08 PM
I agree with warped. A well placed Grendel shot will dispatch any size whitetail. Save the .300 for Rocky Mt. elk.
The Amax is deadly on whitetails. We took two last year with them at less than 150yds. Both came out the off side shoulder. Both went less than 25yds. Nice blood trail. Good luck.
06-22-2012, 05:22 PM
I have read good things about the a-max for hunting but just wanted some more opinion. Can I be confident in this ammo come October or should I load up something else?
I've had amazing success with the 123 gr A-Max in my custom 6.5 Grendel and would highly recommend it to anyone. I recently went out to a local range with some friends (the max range was only 100 yards though), but this round out performed any other round from the other guns my friends had. One of my buds even got so ticked that I was shooting better than him, he challenged me to a little contest - who could shoot the most golf balls in a row @ 100 yds. He only got 4 haha. After he went, it was my turn. After hitting my 11th one, his temper started to show and everyone told him to calm down haha. Just to rub it in, I shot the yarn that was holding up his paper target and severed it......1st shot :cool:
06-23-2012, 05:06 PM
WELL played, my man! Shooting the yarn? Sometimes luck is better than skill, especially when it shows up EXACTLY when you need it! Oh, wait, I'm SURE you could hit that yarn 10 of 10 times. . . . ;-)
06-23-2012, 05:12 PM
Note to self, don't shoot with Docker. Will hurt ego. Good shooting, my rifle won't do that, or is it the shooter:(
What barrel you have? Other parts of your rifle?
06-25-2012, 04:50 PM
Hanka: Thanks! I totally agree that luck is better than skill and I'm glad it showed up when it did! And of course I could hit the yarn 10 of 10 times.....:p haha I wish
Skyfish: You flatter me skyfish :o In regards to whether it's you or the rifle, no way for me to know that! Just out of curiosity, what are the specs on your rifle? You can see the parts of my rifle by following these links:
Upper - http://www.precisionfirearms.com/m8/6.5%20Grendel%20Neptune%20V%20%28Five%29--6-5-grendel-neptune-v-five.html
Lower - http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/lower-parts/lower-receivers/psa-ar15-lower.html
Lower Parts Kit - http://palmettostatearmory.com/index.php/ar-15-05/lower-parts/parts-kits/palmetto-state-armory-dmr-lpk.html
Stock - http://www.midwayusa.com/product/2319159496/magpul-prs-precision-rifle-adjustable-buttstock-ar-15-synthetic
Scope - http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-16x42-Tactical-30mm-Riflescope-P501.aspx
Scope Rings - http://swfa.com/SWFA-SS-Tac-30mm-1-Rings-P47907.aspx
These are the exact items I used to build my Grendel, but I in no way paid as much as they are advertised for! That would be one expensive rifle. I always wait for good deals and clearance sales to get excellent bargains and the holidays usually offer good deals as well. Happy shooting!
06-28-2012, 08:47 PM
I've been unable to beat the Hornady 123 AMax factory ammo with my handloads: 0.8" 3 shot group @ 300y.... wow.
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