Re: Berger Bullets 6.5mm (264 Diameter) 140 Grain
I will jump in and let you know my knowledge with the hybrid designed bullets to help clear up any questions.
The technical side of a VLD versus the new hybrid it has to do with the bullet’s ogives and how the bullet engages the riflings. On Berger's VLD bullet design, the ogive is secant and has an abrupt angle change when it meets the shank of the bullet. On the new Hybrid design, Berger has created what they call a "Hybrid ogive". This combines the strengths of a tangent and secant ogive without suffering either of the weaknesses. The hybrid ogive is tangent to the bearing surface where it contacts the riflings. This aids in the bullet self aligning with the center of bore and making it less sensitive to seating depth. Ahead of the point where the riflings engrave the bearing surface, the bullet transitions into a secant ogive to maximize drag reduction and have a much higher Ballistic Coefficient.
The term hybrid has nothing to do with the jacket thickness or how it will perform on game. We have a combined effort of over 100 kills just this year alone with the hybrid designed bullets to test its worth in the field. I feel so strongly about this design that it will be the same hybrid design that the new EOL/ Berger Extreme Heavy Hybrid line is built around. Our first two bullets to be introduced are the 170 grain .277 cal, and the 195 grain 7mm that are due to release real soon. As for the 6.5 hybrids, look for them by August/September.