Originally Posted by Idaho Muley
I see a lot of information about the Berger 168's and 180's. Is anyone working with the lighter bullets? I am currently shooting 140 TSX's with good results, but wondering what else is out there.
Lots of guys on here with more experience than me. Any help would be appreciated.
Berger VLDs need to be kept at 3200fps or less or they may vaporize after exiting the barrel. Sonme people have gotten lucky and been able to push them to 3300fps in other cartridges and calibers, but for the most part the STW would certainly push a 140g out to 3400 fps and it probablly wouldn't survive it.
This, for the most part is why you won't see guys shooting them out of a STW. Butterbean and 7 STW are right. If you want to shoot a 140g class bullet the Barnes TTSX and the TSX are the way to go. Accubonds and Hornady Interbonds would do nicely as well.
I shoot the 180g Bergers and I did pick up a couple of boxes of 168g Bergers (target only) to try out of my rifle. I got a good deal on them.
My attetion has shifted (at least for this cartridge) to a heavy for caliber bullet for hunting that could be seated to fit the magazine. TheBergers have to be seated way out there to be accurate and I want to have an option other than a bullet that I have to shoot single shot. I've decided that I like a 175g Sierra Gameking and they shoot 1 holers out of my rifle.