Originally Posted by Broz
Paul, As we discussed, I have not had an issue with many kills with the 210 HVLD. What I will do from now on , and what I would recommend is this. I am not modifying the tips of the bullet in any way. But I will either visually or with a small wire inspect to assure the tips are open before loading them. If I find closed tipped bullets, (I have not found any yet) I will return them to Berger for their testing and I am sure they will gladly replace them.
I do not see a need to modify the tips in a .308 dia. rifle.
I understand your position Jeff, since you've not experienced any problems with these VLDs.
The hollow-pointing tool will both ensure the tips aren't closed, and create a minimum hole size - the diameter of the drill tip on the hollow-pointing tool. The drill bit on the tip of this tool isn't any larger than some of the holes in the tips of the factory jackets. Berger might do something along these lines themselves, but it would require an additional step in the manufacturing process which translates into additional cost.
The current manufacturing process produces bullets with differing size holes in the bullet tips and in fact, some closed tips. This becomes obvious after using the hollow-pointing tool on a couple hundred bullets and observing the size of the holes in the tip of each bullet jacket.
If I didn't already own the hollow-pointing tool, I'd do what you recommend, because the affect of using the tool remains - admittedly - unknown. But I now know that the much more aggressive opening of the meplat on the tips of the two bullets I used on this caribou still resulted in complete penetration.