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155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

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Unread 12-21-2013, 05:31 PM
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155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

I am stuck on choosing between a 155 grain berger vld hunting or a 125 grain nosler ballistic tip hunting out of my remington 5r in 300 winchester magnum. I am pushing the 125 grain bullets at 3650 fps and my 155 grain bullets at 3500. Their trajectories and accuracy are nearly identical. I would use these bullets for deer, antelope, and coyotes. I am leaning toward the Vld what do you guys think?
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    Unread 12-21-2013, 05:38 PM
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    Re: 155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

    I am thinking if it were me I would load that 300 like a 300 instead of a 6.5 and get some bullets 180 gr or above. Preferably a 210 or 215 in a 300.

    In my opinion if you load a 155 VLD at 3500 fps. or a 125 Nossler BT @ 3650 fps for hunting, you could just possible be the next guy on here complaining of no penetration and his game ran off.

    Sorry but this is what I believe and just trying to save you from a wreck.

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    Re: 155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

    Here read this if you really want to turn that 300 win into a freezer filling hammer from 100 yards to 1300 plus.

    Comparing the Berger 210 VLD to the 215 Hybrid

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    Unread 12-21-2013, 06:25 PM
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    Re: 155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

    Between those two choices, I would go with the 155, the 125s will likely cause greatly increased throat erosion, and I doubt that you will get the accuracy from them you would get from the 155s. I would not shoot anything less than 165s in my 300, in fact my 300 Win Mag hasn't shot a bullet lighter than 175 in years, even for coyotes, because if I'm shooting them with the 300, I obviously don't care about fur.
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    Re: 155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

    I agree with Broz. Some people assume long range shooting means fast light bullets that have relatively small drop numbers at close range but that's just not the case. In even light winds the 155 and especially the 125 gr bullet will be blown all over the place making good hits at long range very difficult. When assessing a bullet for long range the drop numbers are last on the list I'd even look at. I remember reading 20 years ago that if you don't need at least a 180 gr bullet in a 300 magnum you don't need a 300 magnum
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    Unread 12-21-2013, 09:33 PM
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    Re: 155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

    I don't quite know if you understand. I will be using a 210 grain Long range Accubonds for my elk and long range deer loads. I want to use a light fast bullets for thin skinned antelope deer and coyotes because I want limited penetration and lots of hydrostatic shock to knock them down in their tracks. I have been successful at achieving this goal with both the vld and the ballistic tip. I am just having a hard time deciding between which one to stick with.
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    Unread 12-21-2013, 10:17 PM
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    Re: 155 grn Berger vld or 125 grn nosler ballistic tip?

    I would check my loads for both of them. The velocity seems high to me for a win mag.
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