The Jackets are J-4 - they are much thinner than for example Sierra's MK. It's also probably the reason why some Bergers have been reported to self-destruct in flight if rotational forces are too high. Yes, Berger's description on the website is that it sheds (as I recall) up to 80% of it's weight. It's like a "big game varmint bullet" (the best way I can describe it).
I agree less lead is probably better. I've heard that x-ray's of animals shot with anything other than monlithics can be revealing and concerning, but I can't really comment in it. I also wonder how much lead is absorbed from the ingenstion of solid bits (certainly I doubt you'd digest and absorb the whole thing), vs for example inhalation from shooting exposed lead in indoor ranges etc. - which I understand is a real problem for high volume shooters.
I eat almost only venison at home - all shot with Berger VLD's. Maybe I could be a lab rat here :-).
Last edited by LRHWAL; 06-24-2008 at 12:37 AM.
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If anyone has interest, I have pics of the damage from the 210 Bergers @ 250 yds that passed through the ribcage of my Elk last fall. I made a good high shoulder hit, and he just stood there. I fired another with the same point of aim. A few seconds later he folder up and never kicked. The bullets struck about 2" apart, through the shoulder, through one side of the ribcage, made jello out of both lungs, through the other side of the ribcage, and almost exited the oposite shoulder. Massive hemotoma to the oposite shoulder under the hide. I needed him processed soon as I needed to get home so I caped him and took him to a locker. I wish I would have asked them to save the bullets... but didn't. But the butcher in Helena MT. that did the work sees a lot of shot elk. When I picked him up he asked what I shot him with, and said, " he was not going anywhere, both front shoulders were broken up bad"