Originally Posted by Big Jake Duke
about it. Recover the deer, it was like you took a shovel, and just scooped out a baseball size chunk of shoulder. The animal dragged the remainder of the leg about 200 yards before it finally expired. I'm sorry, no more ham- Berger for me.
Wow. That happened to you twice with the Bergers? The penetration did not get past the shoulder bone?
I have heard the Bergers lauded on this forum (maybe not this thread), I have also heard that at "super" speed some versions developed nose slump. Do you think this caused the problem? Did they group well at those speeds?
Have you had that happen with any other bullet at those speeds?
I am not arguing, i am just curious. I have a few boxes to load up.[/QUOTE]
Big Jake, yeah, that did happen to me twice. When it happened to me in July, I thought, huh' maybe a bad batch. That was in seven millimeter. In November, earlier the same day that I lost the doe, I made a perfect high spine shot. DRT. Spine was severed. Again, this was in 30 caliber.
As far as the groups, they were fantastic. My seven mag 700 p shoots 1/4 inch at 200 with 168 VLD. The 300 RUM was shooting sub minute groups consistently, speed was 3369. Accuracy wise, those are probably the most accurate bullets I have ever shot. It may never happen again, and I have friends that swear by them. Again , these are my experiences, I have shared similar ones with others. I have just opted to go another way. ( velocity on the seven mag was 2977).
As far as similar experiences with other bullets, the short answer is no. Prior to shooting the Bergers, I was shooting 165 Failsafes, and 165 Accubonds. My rifle preferred the Failsafes, but my supply ran out, and they no longer make them. I have shot partitions, CT, BT in some other STW's with no problems. The most successful, and nearly a go to bullet is the 140 CT. To my knowledge, nothing has gotten away, and usually DRT. Time will tell if I made the right decision.