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Question about a Berger VLD Hunting bullet

Uploaded on August 26, 2012

I am going Elk hunting in Colorado this November.I am planning to use 168 grain Berger VLD Hunting bullets. I have read mixed reviews about their performance on close up shots. Does anyone have experience with these bullets they would like to share? Currently, I am trying out 3 powders: H1000, IMR 4350, and Reloader 22. A muzzle velocity of 2900 to 3000 fps is what I had in mind.

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from plowboy71 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Oh, I should've included in that last post that I shoot a 7 mm Rem Mag.

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from hengst wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I worked up an extremely accurate load with 185 bergers in my 300 wsm, I decided not to hunt with it due to "mixed" reviews. I hear many folks love them but "back in the day" if a bullet fragmented like the berger is designed to do, that was that manufacturers death warrent. I prefer bullets that keep their weight like accubond, partition, a frame, hell a remington core lokt or scirrocco 2 (trying the scirocco 2 for the first time this year in 257 for pronghorn)
Work hard on that H1000 and ditch the rl 22. That stuff is way temp. sensitive, H1000 on the other hand has been very consistent for me. As a matter of fact I tested for months to get all of my rifles, except for 2, loaded with H1000.
My summary if something has mixed reviewes then that means it can fail, err on the side of caution and use a bullet that you know will work. I have not used the berger on a hunt, I am sure others will chime in soon.

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from AlaskanExile wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Try Nosler's 175 grain Partition, using their data and RL-25 (I think, use their data)you get 10-20 fps shy of 3000 and awesome sectional density and performance on game.
The 160 Barnes x or Nosler Accubond could be worth checking out too.

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from AlaskanExile wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I forgot the original reason I posted.
My cousin has developed a load in his 300 Win Mag that delivers exceptional accuracy Less than 1/2" with the Berger Hunting Bullets, but he hasn't tried it on game yet either. I should know something by November, probably too late for you. Go with the partition 175's.

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from hengst wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I worked up an extremely accurate load with 185 bergers in my 300 wsm, I decided not to hunt with it due to "mixed" reviews. I hear many folks love them but "back in the day" if a bullet fragmented like the berger is designed to do, that was that manufacturers death warrent. I prefer bullets that keep their weight like accubond, partition, a frame, hell a remington core lokt or scirrocco 2 (trying the scirocco 2 for the first time this year in 257 for pronghorn)
Work hard on that H1000 and ditch the rl 22. That stuff is way temp. sensitive, H1000 on the other hand has been very consistent for me. As a matter of fact I tested for months to get all of my rifles, except for 2, loaded with H1000.
My summary if something has mixed reviewes then that means it can fail, err on the side of caution and use a bullet that you know will work. I have not used the berger on a hunt, I am sure others will chime in soon.

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from AlaskanExile wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Try Nosler's 175 grain Partition, using their data and RL-25 (I think, use their data)you get 10-20 fps shy of 3000 and awesome sectional density and performance on game.
The 160 Barnes x or Nosler Accubond could be worth checking out too.

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from plowboy71 wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

Oh, I should've included in that last post that I shoot a 7 mm Rem Mag.

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from AlaskanExile wrote 1 year 33 weeks ago

I forgot the original reason I posted.
My cousin has developed a load in his 300 Win Mag that delivers exceptional accuracy Less than 1/2" with the Berger Hunting Bullets, but he hasn't tried it on game yet either. I should know something by November, probably too late for you. Go with the partition 175's.

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