I saw your pictures just fine last night also. Just the right size and detail.
I can tell you that my bullet didn't perform at 2975 fps like yours did @250 yds. My bullet would have never reached the far side of the rib cage, let alone punched into the far shoulder. Your bullet performance looked good, so as I suspected, the bullets hold together better at a bit lower velocity. Your bullet should have struck at about 2675-2700 fps.
No part of my bullet extended into the black bear farther than 10-12 inches. The bear was laying on its side and I shot it in the sternum. No bullet fragments reached the spine or backstraps. The damage was confined within the chest cavity and on the inner sides of the front shoulders. The part that was penetrated looked like an Osterizer blender was turned on and run at the high blender speed. The bear expired within seconds of that finishing shot.
Thanks for posting your pics, and like ss7mm said, you might just re-post them as you had them last night. They came through fine and looked great. Nice bull also!
Phorwath, Thanks for posting the info. Good to know! Never hurts to gather good info. Might just come in handy. As for the VLD's at distance, I think you are correct. They have been good to me. Knock on wood, haven't tracked one animal and the freezer is full.
It is very unwise to shoot any J-4 jacketed bullet at a velocity at or over 2900 fps and take shots at ranges under 200 yards. These results you report are common for this type of shot at this range.
Thing to remember, when will we be getting those 6 yard shots?
To my way of thinking, if your shooting at big game under even 400 yards, there is really no need at all for using a VLD type bullet. Bullets such as the Accubond will nearly match anything the VLDs will do out to this range with perhaps a bit more windage but in the end terminal performance will be dramatically better then any j-4 jacketed bullet.
For ranges past that and especially at ranges past 600 yards, the Berger bullets turn into a totally different performer on game. They are truely two different bullets at these very different ranges.
Just another field result that tells us NOT to use the Berger bullets as a close range penetrater bullet. That said, for game up to 400 lbs, had that shot impacted the vitals clear of any shoulder bone, the critter likely would have dropped on its nose or at worst traveled less then 20-30 yards.
Good report and congrats on the bear.
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