I decided to dedicate this season to evaluation of the AM30 and have enlisted the help of several friends and family members. I've had my 18" BHW AM30 in service every day of the season so far since the 14th, morning and evening, either with me or someone else in the stand. My load is a 125 Nosler Ballistic Tip at about 2550fps. So far the platform has 3 Whitetail deer, ranging from 150ish lbs to 185ish lbs under its belt.
All have shown the expected caliber-size entry, all 3 have exited, ranging from half-dollar-sized exit when the bullet hit a rib on the way out to quarter-sized exit when the bullet hit no rib on entry or exit. Ranges have been from 35 yards to just under 200 yds.
All 3 bullets hit both lungs, one clipped the heart as well. 2 deer dropped in place, one ran about 25 feet, dropped, got up and ran about the same again then dropped for good.
So my evaluation so far: exactly what I was looking for!
We still have a week or so in season and my tag is still unfilled, more to come...!
Last Edit: Nov 17, 2015 15:56:09 GMT -8 by mosigdude
Well, Lady Luck did not shine on me or my deer tags. Today ended our regular season and I had no opportunity on any of the several trophies I was stalking so the AM30 is still untested in my hands. It did, however score two more deer at the hands of friends in the few days prior while I was grounded at work. One was a mature doe, guesstimated 140-ish lbs, this deer followed the trend of the others and dropped only a few feet after the shot with a heart/lung shot at about 75yds. Entry and exit were consistent with previous observations. The second offered no testament to bullet performance but maybe a small proof of accuracy. My hunting load is just a touch above 0.3moa on paper but I didn't have time to thoroughly work it out before season. I had taped a trajectory printout from jbm ballistics on the scope cover but much of this data is nothing more than untested theory at the moment. Anyhow, the deer was reportedly a few feet over 175 yards and after its movement was noticed it began to move toward a thicket which would likely afford no opportunity for a shot. The deer apparently paused briefly before entering with only its head exposed. Although I don't necessarily share his philosophy, my friend reasoned he would either hit or completely miss if he took the available shot and did so. He connected perfectly and the deer dropped on the spot.
That is all for now, we now enter our 10 day "antlerless" only season but I'm working or unavailable the first 5 days and all my other test buddies have their tags filled so the AM30 will see no action at least until the latter part of this season. I will update after if Lady Luck shines on me in the last few days.
I don't normally revive a thread this old but it was on topic and a continuation so here goes:
I took the AM30 along this deer season also and got a chance to put it to use once again. Still great performance. Same load as last year. Whitetail buck, approximately 75 yards, he came in fueled-up closely pursuing a doe, heart-lung shot. Perfect bullet performance, ran about 20 yds and dropped motionless.