Re: Long Range Elk/Bear Rifle???
I think both guns have impressive exterior ballistics. But there are a couple of things to keep in mind. One, the 7 AM mag leaves no room for practice because it is what you might say is an overbored overbore. Barrel life will be fleeting so you'd better luck into a load quick and then just shoot several rounds per year or you will be rebarreling. This is the price you pay for a lazer flat, long range hammer.
Second thing to remember is that a flat trajectory has little to do with terminal ballistics. Bullet construction is paramount. I don't want to step on anybody's toes here, but thus far, Wildcat bullets are too new to say it is the optimum killing bullet that can be chosen. Most of the stories I've read here about their damage on game at extreme range have yet to win me over. Take it from a guy who has documented a full cartridge development from step one with a certain bullet in mind and then had it fail in the killing department, it really sucks to blow precious rounds down your spendy barrel only to find that the bullets just zipped through.
Third thing to remember, Berger is going to make a VLD .338 250 grain and 300 grain next year. If these are made with a J4 jacket, you can bet they will open up nicely even at 1500 yards and the bc is reported to be huge.
Another point to consider:
I have actually tested one batch of 300 grain MK's at .810 bc. Then the next batch was .790. If the 250 or 300 grain Berger VLD is in this neighborhood of bc, it will render the 300 grain MK basically useless.
Good luck with your decision!
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