I am in the process of getting a rifle in .284 winchester and had a couple questions about load developement. I am planning on working up a heavy load with a high BC bullet (berger 180 gr VLD?) and a light load for use inside of 300 yards with something light and fast, probably 120gr V-max.
1. Apparently there has been great success with 180 grain Berger VLDs pushed by RL17. Guys are getting close to 3000 FPS with this launching a bullet with a .684 BC. However, those guys are using 31 inch barrels, and I am shooting a 24". So, in light of that issue would it be smarter for me to switch to something like the 162gr A-max, which still .6+ BC but which I could get a little more velocity out of?
2. Is there some bullet out there that has the BC and match grade consistency of the above mentioned bullets, but has better terminal ballistics?