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berger hunting/target bullets

Has anyone shot same weight bullet/caliber for both of these? I was wondering if you loaded some target bullets, if you could use same data for the hunting bullet? I just got a bunch of target bullets for dirt cheap.
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    Re: berger hunting/target bullets

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    Has anyone shot same weight bullet/caliber for both of these? I was wondering if you loaded some target bullets, if you could use same data for the hunting bullet? I just got a bunch of target bullets for dirt cheap.
    I have shot both in my 6.5x284's. In the 140VLD the weight and BC is the same. They also shoot the same. I have heard that the jacket of the hunting bullet is thinner as to give better expansion characteristics.
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    Re: berger hunting/target bullets

    I know the 7mm 180's and the .308 210 VLD's do. Done it many times.

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    Re: berger hunting/target bullets

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    Has anyone shot same weight bullet/caliber for both of these? I was wondering if you loaded some target bullets, if you could use same data for the hunting bullet? I just got a bunch of target bullets for dirt cheap.
    Yup, been there, done that. Ordered some Berger 168 VLD orange box bullets last spring. When I went to pick them up, they were yellow. I took them anyhow, and he got me the correct ones. When they arrived, I loaded and tested them against the match bullets. They shot the same. P/ S, don't accidentally take them hunting with you like I did. I took some on a crop damage hunt last summer, and had to track one over 4 hundred yds. And that was just to see what the damage was, and why it ran so far. Then the light came on, and I realized that I had brought some of the first batch which was the match bullets. Take care and enjoy!
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    Re: berger hunting/target bullets

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    I have shot both in my 6.5x284's. In the 140VLD the weight and BC is the same. They also shoot the same. I have heard that the jacket of the hunting bullet is thinner as to give better expansion characteristics.
    I dont think what you heard is right about the jacket of the hunting vld being thinner.
    I cross sectioned a target vld and hunting vld to compair and the jacket on the hunting vld is slightly thicker but has a much more pronounced air pocket/void at the tip.
    The target vld has a small open space kinda like a match king but the hunting vld is like 4-5 times greater open tip space.
    Maybe this must help with the more consistent opening/fragmenting abilities? Id like to do some ballistic comparisons with them in the very near future.

    Ill see if I can post some pictures of the cross sections I did so you can see the difference
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    Re: berger hunting/target bullets

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    I dont think what you heard is right about the jacket of the hunting vld being thinner.
    I cross sectioned a target vld and hunting vld to compair and the jacket on the hunting vld is slightly thicker but has a much more pronounced air pocket/void at the tip.
    The target vld has a small open space kinda like a match king but the hunting vld is like 4-5 times greater open tip space.
    Maybe this must help with the more consistent opening/fragmenting abilities? Id like to do some ballistic comparisons with them in the very near future.

    Ill see if I can post some pictures of the cross sections I did so you can see the difference
    Thanks. I would be interested in seeing the pictures if you can post them. I can't remember where I heard that the jacket was thinner, I think it was on this site.
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    Re: berger hunting/target bullets

    The jackets on the hunting are the original thickness, the target is thicker to take the velocity and extended rate of fire in a match.
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