Re: Berger Bullets vs Controlled Expansion Bullets
My experience with bergers on game is limited to take this with a grain of salt.
I feel comfortable with SOME bergers on SOME sizes of game. Would I shoot an elk with a 6.5 120 or 140 grain? No. Would I with the 338 300 grain? Probably. We killed a large bull moose this year with the 300 grain berger. It was a rib cage shot. With all of the bullet fragments found inside and the very large exit hole, I can say that if the shoulder bones had been involved, things most likely would have been pretty ugly. I dont think I will use these on moose again unless the shot is really long. I have had better results with controlled expansion bullets on moose. I have shot a couple of big bulls through the shoulders (no other choice) with X bullets and Accubonds and was VERY pleased with the performance and outcomes. That said, for smaller targets such as antelope and coues whitetails and mule deer, I would be more than happy with the bergers so long as there is enough material there to begin with. Even on the smaller species, I would use a larger than average bullet for the game. A typical mule deer bullet is 120 to 180 grains. I would be using the 185 bergers at a minimum for larger mule deer and would prefer the 190 or larger due to the material fragmentation. For antelope and smaller I think the 7mm or 308 168 and up would do fine. The 150's and 155's are a bit lean.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (how bad your last shot was, how big the group is going to be, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.