I have read here somewhere that some hunters are successful using the target VLDs for hunting big game. IIRC I also read that it ruins less meat and at least one guy preferred it. Hope a few target VLD users chime in.
From what I have read the target vs hunting whether it is a VLD or Hybrid are very similar in their designs. The target versions have thicker bearing surfaces but the noses on all styles are thinner and much the same.
I PM'ed Brian Litz several years ago regarding the differences between VLD hunting and target VLD bullets. It was nice of him to take the time to write this:
"As far as using them for hunting, I can't tell you how they'll work because we havent' tested them. I can tell you that the thick jackets of the target bullets are only ~0.003" to 0.004" thicker per side than the standard thickness (hunting) jackets. This extra thickness exists up thru the bearing surface, then tapers to the same thickness (same as standard) at the jacket mouth. In other words, the thickness of the jacket in the ogive of the target bullets is very similar to that of the standard hunting jackets. From this information, one may speculate that they will perform similar to the standard hunting jackets on impact, however, not having tested the target bullets for expansion at all, it would not be responsible for us to say how they behave. They were designed as target bullets to overcome problems with extensive and abusive target shooting. If you do any tests along these lines, we're very interested in the results."
This thread mentions the use of target VLDs for big game:
Taking animals with long range target bullets
There is some information on berger jackets and performance here. I'll admit it is a comparison of a hunting VLD and hybrid target and not a target VLD.
Comparing the Berger 210 VLD to the 215 Hybrid
Perhaps you could section one of the targets and a hunting VLD for your own comparisons.