A-MAX Match Ammo: A-MAX Match Bullets Explained
The A-MAX bullet line from Hornady was developed for absolute accuracy in any shooting application. These bullets are specially jacketed, tipped and cored for optimal weight, velocity and to have the highest ballistic coefficient possible. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more accurate rifle round, and Hornady takes a lot of pride in this particular bullet line – offering calibers ranging from .308 all the way to .50 BMG.
Hornady A-MAX bullets use a secant ogive geometric profile, which reduces drag and leads to very flat trajectories over a very long range. This shape also ensures stability while giving the bullet the highest level of ballistic coefficient available. The core is made from swaged lead, providing a phenomenal blend of balance and uniform distribution inside the bullet jacket. The jacket itself uses the AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Process) style that Hornady pioneered, and they are extremely uniform with almost no variation in thickness. The tips of the A-MAX are a hard plastic that retains its shape extremely well until making contact with your target.
The A-MAX Match line is intended to be used during match competition. Any pro shooter will tell you that having absolute uniformity with the bullets is extremely important for grouping and accuracy. This is what these bullets were designed for specifically, covering most rifle calibers – with .308 being one of the most commonly used in long-range matches. The A-MAX Match line differs from the regular A-MAX by being slightly lighter and shorter.
The accuracy of these bullets offer you a great way to engage targets at extreme ranges. This is why the A-MAX is popular among varmint hunters who need long-range accuracy over rapid expansion. Some hunters swear by its performance on deer-sized game. (This link shows A-MAX performance on deer, but is very graphic.) However, Hornady does have another popular bullet called the V-MAX, which provides rapid expansion for quick, clean kills.
The A-MAX is easily one of the best designed and constructed bullets on the market today. Its accuracy and bullet-to-bullet consistency have made it popular among both competition shooters and casual shooters.