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Old 10-16-2011, 04:42 PM
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I would like to know what the minimum speed I should be at to shoot at a game animal? I have drop charts with speed so trying to figure out my maximum shooting distance.

I called Beger and left a voice mail. While waiting for the return call I called back for a few hours and finally got through. I asked the gentleman, he said 1,400fps min. Then went on to ask me caliber, my fps, elevation, humidity, etc.... I tried to tell him this was all irrelevant and all I wanted was the min. fps. for a .308 168grn VLD. After all this he then told me 1,639fps then 1,000 ft lbs (maybe this means 168grn @ 1,639fps = 1,000'lbs?) So I am now more confused???

A day later a different gentleman returns voice mail and leaves me a message stating the min. fps is now 1,800fps min. for game hunting. Can anybody give me a straight answer? I hate to call back and get a different answer once again. This hunt I'll be hunting Mule Deer in AZ, but will use this gun from anything between Coues deer to Elk. Trying to determine what my maximum effective killing distance should be?
The recommended minimum impact speed for the Berger Hunting VLD is 1800 fps. The link is below.

.308 Winchester - Hunting Applications
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The recommended minimum impact speed for the Berger Hunting VLD is 1800 fps. The link is below.

.308 Winchester - Hunting Applications

The above pretty much covers the Berger.

According to Barnes :
FAQ | Barnes Bullets
1600 fps - 1800 fps

Do TSX Bullets always expand on game?
Because our TSX Bullets are solid copper and have a specially engineered nose cavity, it is nearly impossible for them not to expand. The cavity opens up as soon as hydraulic pressure is applied to the nose cavity. Once the bullet strikes flesh, it immediately opens, creating four razor-sharp petals that slice through tissue. Ballistic tests in gelatin show good bullet expansion within the first inch of penetration.



Hornady states that a minimum velocity for their V-Max and A-Max is 2000 fps.
Bullets - Hornady Manufacturing, Inc

Nosler states 1800fps for the accu-bond.
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I still don't believe the original question has been answered. I believe he is asking about bullet performance (mushrooming/ opening up), and retained energy has nothing to do with bullet performance. Not that I disagree with the 1000 ft lb on deer/ 1500 on elk...ect...., but that is another topic!!

.338 cal 300 gr SMK......1200 fps = 1000 ft pounds
7mm cal 150 gr NBT......1750 FPS = 1000 ft pounds
224 cal 53 gr barns TSX.....2950 fps = 1000 ft pounds
20 cal 32 gr vmax....NEVER gets to 1000 ft pounds.

Does this mean that the vmax never performs as it is designed just because it fails to get to 1000 ft pounds?

Does this mean that the 300 gr SMK performs well just because it has 1000 ft pounds. Do you think that this bullet is going to "perform" like a hunting bullet...IE "open up/mushroom at 1200 fps?

Now, I don't know the answer either, but sombody, somewhere must have tested these bullets at reduced velocitys to see where they start to fail to "perform as designed".
Every bullet is designed for optimal performance for it's intended purposes at a given speed/energy.

The V Max is designed for maximum expansion at any speed and is not intended as a bullet to be used for anything other than target and varmint hunting as a result.

The original question which we did answer was in reference solely to the advice he'd been given by Berger, about Berger's.
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Every bullet is designed for optimal performance for it's intended purposes at a given speed/energy.

The V Max is designed for maximum expansion at any speed and is not intended as a bullet to be used for anything other than target and varmint hunting as a result.

The original question which we did answer was in reference solely to the advice he'd been given by Berger, about Berger's.
Sorry, but Berger did not initialy answer his questions...they gave him 3 different answers....that is why he asked the question. Your answer.."...plug in your data and find the range at which the velocity falls to the point you break the 1000lbs energy limit"....the 1000 ft pounds of retained energy for deer theory. This theory is simply not valad for the question asked.

Berger says on thier website that ALL Berger hunting bullets need to be traviling 1800 FPS. This info was given to us in a link to Berger's website shared by Jim. Thus, my beloved 210 vld needs 1500 foot pounds to perform as desgined.....the 300 grn hybird needs around 2200 ft pounds to work as designed....ie...1800 fps. So much for the "1000 ft pounds of retained energy for deer" theory.

"we" didn't answer anything.....Jims link to bergers website was the ONLY answer to the initial question.
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Re: Berger VLD .308 168grn minimum speed for hunting???

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The above pretty much covers the Berger.

According to Barnes :
FAQ | Barnes Bullets
1600 fps - 1800 fps

Do TSX Bullets always expand on game?
Because our TSX Bullets are solid copper and have a specially engineered nose cavity, it is nearly impossible for them not to expand. The cavity opens up as soon as hydraulic pressure is applied to the nose cavity. Once the bullet strikes flesh, it immediately opens, creating four razor-sharp petals that slice through tissue. Ballistic tests in gelatin show good bullet expansion within the first inch of penetration.



Hornady states that a minimum velocity for their V-Max and A-Max is 2000 fps.
Bullets - Hornady Manufacturing, Inc

Nosler states 1800fps for the accu-bond.
Accubond - Nosler - Bullets, Ammunition, Rifles, Brass, Reloading Data, Hunting, Shooting, Reloading, Load Data

I think you misread the info for Hornady. Those numbers are recommended muzzle velocities not down range velocities for proper expansion. A-max's will expand much closer to 1000 fps than 2000 fps.
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I think you misread the info for Hornady. Those numbers are recommended muzzle velocities not down range velocities for proper expansion. A-max's will expand much closer to 1000 fps than 2000 fps.
Which is why hornady says not to use them for game. They are designed to blow up. They are intended solely as a varmint/target bullet.
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