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Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

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Unread 12-10-2009, 11:41 AM
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Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

I am about to work up a load for my .257 Roberts, and was thinking of trying the Bergers out.

Anyone had any experience with these?

How do they fair on whitetail and antelope size game?

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    Unread 12-10-2009, 01:39 PM
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    Re: Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

    I have some 115's for my 25-06 but have not shot any game yet, reason being I haven't found a load my rifle likes. I have shot several antelope with my 243 using 95 gr Berger's and they are deadly. All of the antelope I have shot have been DRT. 620 yards is my longest shot so far on antelope with those 95 gr Bergers.

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    Re: Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

    Thats what I like to hear, what velocity are you shooting those 95s at in your .243?
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    Re: Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

    Last time I shot thru my chrony, they were going thru at 3075 fps. The load I settled on is 42 gr's of H4350 with Lapua brass and WLR primers.
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    Re: Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

    Four friends and I all have 257 weatherby semi customs. We have collectively killed 10 coues deer and 3 elk. Stunning performance. While I wouldn't use them for elk myself one of my friends just loves the results.

    One of my friend's used my 257 to shoot a coues at exactly 400 yds this year. The shot was behind the shoulders and 1/2" under the spine. It dropped straight down and never even twitched. Awesome to see it happen through 15 power Swarovskis. Saw the spray of blood exit the entrance shot! The bullet exited with a 3/4" hole.

    I'd say try them, if they shoot, use them.
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    Re: Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

    I don't have a Roberts but I do have a .257 WBY and I just shot the 115 gr VLD'S on deer.

    I have a Rem 700 LSS with a 26" tube shooting 71 gr's IMR 7828ssc and 115gr Vld's I'm just touching 3500 fps.I'm getting just under 1 inch groups at 100yds(2 touching and one just off the other 2)

    I shot a whitetail doe at 231 yds trotting at a slight 1/4 angle.The bullet entered behind the 3rd rib behind the shoulder and came out behind the off shoulder.The doe ran 50 yds and did a spin and fell over
    Small .25cal entery hole and a hole about 3 inches on the way out.Inside the damage was masive.Lungs were gone,heart was blown in about 3 pices still attached to the aortas,ruptured the guts,cavity full of blood.

    For such a small bullet I was impressed on the damage,I'm shure as the farther you shoot or slower vel. it will be diffrent.

    Like stated before I don't think they are a elk bullet,so I'm looking at the 120 NP for that.Hope this helps

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    Re: Berger .257 115 gr Hunting VLD

    Thanks for the info guys! Like I said, I plan on shooting antelope, and whitetail with my .257. I will be leaving the .30 cal. magnums for the elk and other large game.

    Looks like I will just have to try them out and see how it goes.
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