7mm Hunting Bullets - a little advice please
All of my following thoughts relate to the hunting of 170-240lb deer (live weight) at distances from 50 yards to 600 yards, with a 7mm RSAUM
When looking at 7mm bullets, there seem to be 2 choices that are far far ahead of everything else when it comes to long range shooting. First the 162 A-Max and then the Berger VLD (in either 168 or 180gr).
As I am looking for hunting bullets the A-Max probably doesn’t fit the bill, especially at close range. But then there is the VLD which advertises itself as a “hunting bullet” that basically explodes after penetrating a short distance…something about that sounds..unreliable?..to me.
Does anyone have much experience with the 7mm VLDs (particularly the 168gr version) ?? I would be curious if others here would recommend them. (for short or long range work...or both)
I’m thinking about reliable performance (stopping power) as my #1 concern, and excessive meat damage as a second thought, but it would be nice to avoid a complete mess.
On the other hand, I’m sure the 160gr Accubond would have great terminal performance, it just gives up so much in terms of energy and drift when you start to get into long distances (compared to the other 2 bullets)
And I had also been looking at the 154gr Hornady Interbond, with its BC nearing that of the Accubond and being 6gr lighter, it should actually out perform the accubond ballistically . . . But the real question is: Would it be too much of a controlled expansion bullet for the deer I hunt? (I want my bullet to leave a good deal of energy in the deer, not just pencil through)
Though I think the Interbond could be one of the first things I try on black bear or caribou.