Originally Posted by BROWN TROUT
Are you guys crimping the 140 Bergers? I have just gotten a box to start loading. I have not crimped for other rifles I have loaded, but I am concerned about these banging around in the magazine of my Savage 12 and being pushed back while cycling. Any comments or experience?
I'm running them out of a Model 12 also, I found .015 of the lands to be the sweet spot. No crimping. Also try the slower powders, Retumbo, H1000, Magpro are real good.
I recovered a Accubond out of the dirt after shooting through a buck at 345yrds and it did not hit anything real hard as it was a high lung shot and it hit him around 2500fps. I was not super happy with the performance as it didn't open up real good, an elk would open them better. I would shoot the Berger at all ranges!
If I was shooting something with a 1-10 twist I would try the 169.5 Wildcats when they come available, you can run them around 2900fps, awesome ballistics!
Here's a pic of the bullet, the petals that are sheared of were where it hit a rock.