I have no experience, either; I suppose it's a .257?
I don't like the construction of any of the Berger VLD's, for long range, which for my purposes, would start around 500 yards, or so. They probably won't expand very well, if at all(?)..... and you got a runner.
And, even if it's a coyote, they deserve a cleaner kill. Deer, they may pass through, similiar to a FMJ?
It's a tough call, experimenting with that type of bullet, on a game animal. I'd get a lot of data before trying it.
Sierra makes a game bullet, a 120 gr.HP, good profile, but I don't know the BC?
The cartrige is a 25-06 rem.
Is the bullet that tough that it won't even expand when hitting a game?
I did also order the Sierra 120g HPBT but like you said the BC isn't even close to that of the VLD. That's the reason for the question.
Speaking of question I have another. Yesterday I checked the over all length for the 115g VLD and my rifle is giving me 3.435". That's about 0.200" more than the standard OAL. Another thing that caught my eye was that the bullet didn't even go past the neck into the shoulder area of the brass. Never had any like that before. Is it safe to shoot them?
Thank you for your time.
Well, I think that's why the previous responder was asking about your twist. You have to consider the bearing surface of the VLD bullet, and what RPM it will take to stabilize it, for optimum accuracy. You may need a faster twist than the standard factory barrel.
The one I have, for instance, is a one turn in thirteen inch twist, and I wouldn't know if it is enough for that bullet (115VLD) without trying it.
If you are just looking for a good deer bullet at reasonable distances, I use the 110 Gr. Berger, the 100 Nosler BT and the 96.5 Starke; a special run I requested.
It all depends on your expectations. But, I promise, that 100 grain Ballistic Tip is a 500 yard deer bullet at 25'06 velocities.
I tried the 115 VLD bullet on a coyote, killed it but no expansion, not a good hunting bullet. Try the Combined Technolgy 115gr. It has a great BC of .453 a really hits 'em hard and gives an excellent baseball size exit hole.
I have two guns, one for the each of ya