Re 168 gr 7mm vld's for hunting
Hello, I live in New Zealand and have just started using the 168 gr vld s for hunting in my 7mm/08 AI. I am shooting them at 2748 fps.
So far I have shot 4 goats and just a couple of days ago a workmate shot his first deer at 325 yds with one from my rifle.
3 of the goats dropped on the spot the 4th went about 10 yds with a lung shot. These goats where not big animals, around 80 lbs on the hoof. The bullets penetrated completely with exit holes you could poke a 1 1/2 inch stick into (I did)
The deer was interesting, The shot was at 325 yds and it was quite windy, the deer was facing left slightly towards us with wind from the right. I told Richard to hold a little behind the leg to allow for some wind drift. There was none! and the bullet hit the rear part of the lung punching through into the gut and ending up on the opposite side breaking ribs but not exiting. almost complete disintigration.
I was pleased. The bergers seem to perform as they state, with a delayed expansion of 2-3 inches penetration followed by rapid expansion. Personally I like a fairly rapid expanding bullet, They give a good visual indication of a hit.
I will continue to use them and keep add a post when I have shot some more deer (hopefully this weekend!)