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Old 01-23-2010, 09:28 PM
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Berger VLD Question???

Iv heard the rumor that berger vld's take a little while to stabilize so they don't group well usually at 100yards. My question is what should I expect from them at 100 in order to be accurate at farther ranges. I haven't got a chance to shoot them farther but today at the range one load shot well under 1" consistently. What do ya think?
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:40 PM
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Re: Berger VLD Question???

from what i've seen from my friend's rifle they will shoot around .75" at 100y and then about that or slightly bigger at 300y. That was with a 7 RM and 180 bergers.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:42 PM
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Re: Berger VLD Question???

well i would say your more than likely ok my best group to date at 100yds with my 7stw and a 168 berger at 100 yards is .7 but the same bullet and loads have shot a 4in group at 620yds. I would say expecially if it is a large caliber you are doing ok of coarse smaller is better but if i were you i would try shooting at 300 to see how they do they will be stabilized by then.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:44 PM
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Re: Berger VLD Question???

So far every rifle I have loaded Berger VLD's has shot it's smallest 100yrd groups with them hands down.
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Old 01-24-2010, 04:31 PM
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Re: Berger VLD Question???

thats the first 7 bergers ever shot from my 6.5 gibbs, they were loaded touching the lands, pressures were so high that the cases lost the pockets running 3180 fps.
the cluster which measures around .4" ctc was shot at 100 yards, the other 3 measure just under 6" were shot at 610 yards with no windage adjustment. the single shot was to adjust for a 300 yard zero at 100 yards
I've since lengthened the throat, loaded them up to 3340 fps loaded at .025" off the lands and groups now run just under 5" at 830 yards. finaly took a deer with the 140 berger this fall, range was 419 yards, impact sight was impressive in the snow to say the least, the deer ran 20 yards, yeah the bergers are keepers!
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:03 PM
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Re: Berger VLD Question???

100 yards
6mm 115 VLD
The group on the left is 0.19. The group on the right was going way that until I choked and called it high and there it was. These were jammed hard. Primer pockets blow and primers fall out into the action.

This rifle has two 1000 yd + kills. I hunt with them jammed because that is what kills animals.

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Old 01-24-2010, 05:28 PM
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Re: Berger VLD Question???

I had the same problem I think, first two touching and third one a little off. Both under an inch though. It might of had something to do with the guy next to me that kept unloading his 30round mag with his AR15 at the range lol... My load is 210gr vld with 92gr Retumbo cci mag primers loaded to barely fit in the mag. I might mess with it a little but it seemed to group better than anything else I tried. What do you guys usually do as far as load development, .5 gr increments, .3gr.......? Thanks for all the responses?
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