re: berger 168 vld hunting bullets.
This is just a comment so take it for what it's worth.
I have hunted over 50 years and used every bullet known to man. I have had bullets fail and sometimes for no apparent reason.
I am always amazed when a bullet fails to perform after shooting game for decades without a single failure. "edited word here Happens".
Some of the bullets that have failed Have been given a second chance and have not let me down
again. Others have been unpredictable and if it happens 10% of the time I simply stop using them.
A good example was the Nosler Partition, I have had perfect results on game where velocities were high and lesser bullets would have came apart at impact. many animals later, with confidence, I was using a 30/378 for elk and when I got my shot, the bull looked at me like nothing happened. Stunned I reloaded the rifle and fired the second shot.He did it again. surprised would be an under statement.
I though to myself, I just plain missed. I set the rifle down because I did not want to make a poor shot, thinking something was surely wrong. The bull just kept looking at me, then his head rolled over his back and down he went.
I was dumbfounded, But excited and relieved that I hadn't messed up. after examining the shot placement, I found two holes less than 1/2'' apart going in and coming out. I had missed any of the
ribs going and coming (What are the odds) both bullets traveled straight through without expanding
at all. Velocity at POI was over 3300 ft/sec.
The point is, bullets fail sometimes and you have to make a choice whether you want to give them another chance or not.
I will say this though: If you don't have confidence in you equipment don't use it. It just leads to more problems.
There are a few bullets that I wont use any more because they failed more than once so I gave up on them. The tried a true partition is not one of them just because of one failure that may not have been it's fault.
I think it was just bad luck and would not give up on a good bullet, Try it again and if it fails to perform like you want it to, find another bullet.
It is Ok to be disappointed in the performance of your equipment. Just learn from it .
Good luck on your next hunt !!
J E CUSTOM
Last edited by Len Backus; 11-26-2013 at 06:50 PM.