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Berger 168 VLD results on an Elk

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Unread 11-16-2009, 05:57 PM
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Re: Berger 168 VLD results on an Elk

Drenge, Beautiful animals, great pictures, just gorgeous country to hunt in. Boy you have had a wonderful hunting season. Thanks for sharing it with everone.
What were your loads with the bergers? I am developing loads for my 7 mm RM. I will try them.
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    Unread 11-16-2009, 06:20 PM
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    Re: Berger 168 VLD results on an Elk

    Thanks Alfred! Yes it was a very good season. Wyoming and Utah are both beautiful states to hunt in. Especially when you hike to the mountain tops.

    I am shooting:

    7mm rm
    168 gr berger
    Nosler Brass
    Fed GM 215
    64.8 gr 4831 sc (primers started to flatten a little)
    .005 jammed

    My gun has been trued by the smith but I'm still shooting the factory barrel. Although the gun shoots fantastic (1/2 MOA) I just ordered a 5 1/2 Shilen. Would like to start taking longer shots (had a buck in WY at 856 and passed). Hope this helps.
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    Re: Berger 168 VLD results on an Elk

    Below is a picture of my friend's elk shot the same day as my buck (a long day). He shot his behind the shoulder at 90 yards with a 300 RUM using a 200 AB. The elk ran 100 yards or so and fell over.

    I believe it would have been a different story if he would have hit him high shoulder (or even low shoulder with the 300 RUM).

    Last edited by drenge; 11-16-2009 at 10:24 PM. Reason: Grammar
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    Unread 11-17-2009, 07:49 AM
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    Re: Berger 168 VLD results on an Elk

    very nice pictures of a very good hunt.
    as for the rifle, if it shoots that good leave it alone, be happy.
    i doubt many smiths will guarantee you better with any barrel you put on it.
    if you want to reach out as you put it, consider more gun. there are better choices than a 7 rem mag for what your doing especially at longer distances.
    your buddys 300 ultra would be 1 to consider. id suggest you do some side by side comparisons at rocks at longer distance.
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    Unread 11-17-2009, 12:39 PM
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    Re: Berger 168 VLD results on an Elk

    Thanks yobuck. I should clarify that my 7 mm RM still has a factory 24" barrel and holds the 1/2 MOA out to 300 yards. Beyond 300 the patterns start to open up a bit. I figure a heavier, longer barrel will get me more fps and possibly the ability to hold 1/2 MOA a bit further out.

    As for more gun - well, I'm building a 338 edge. I really like the 300 RUM but would like to take a larger step up in caliber. I think that should be gun enough for what I need. But I do like the lighter weight 7 mm RM with the 168 bergers. I think its' consistency and its' ability to take large animals at distance is proven. The only thing I'm trying to decide is whether to re-chamber for a 7mm RUM or STW and then go up to the 180 gr bergers. The problem is I already have all of the dies and equipment for the RM and I've heard reloading can be finicky as far as ES and SD are concerned. If anyone has any thoughts I'm open.

    But to reiterate my earlier point: I think the bergers do a fantastic job knocking down large animals if you hit 'em right.
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