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Old 07-30-2008, 03:49 AM
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Berger VLD on short range?

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Since Berger now advertise the VLD bullets as hunting bullets im a little interested to hunt with them since accuracy is very good in my 300wm with the 185gr VLD.
Since the ground im hunting on dont have any places where a long shot can be taken im woundering how the bullets perform on short range, 50m - 200m. And also how they perform on smaller animals as roedeer, will it expand at all or just pirce thru as a FMJ?
I want the animal to drop at the place and I often shoot at the sholder or just behind the sholder.
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:36 AM
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There is some good info here.



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Old 07-30-2008, 08:16 AM
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I think the main reason to use Bergers is their long accuracy. If I were only shooting 200 meters I would choose another bullet, probably an Accubond.
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:43 AM
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i am a big fan of the berger vld. BUT I HAVE HAD 1 BAD EXPERIANCE WITH THIS BULLET AT SHORT RANGE. i shoot a 7mm wsm built by ssg. i shot a large buck at 150yards that was running broadside. the bullet didnt do what i wanted.it punched a hole and didnt buckle the buck like it should have. i knew that i had made a good shot and the deer was ging to fall. that was until it ran over the next hill. luckily i was able to crawl over the hill and make a finishing shot at 525yards. these bullets put a wooping on the animal IF it is futher that 300 plus. just my thoughts....

thats why this year i am shooting a 6.5x284 loaded with a nosler accubond for any short range shots out to 600yards. i will have my 7mm loaded with 180 bergers, for when i am snipping deer and know that the shot will be over 300 yards.
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for answering.

The plan was to maybee use them a little later this fall if I can get to a spot where the range can be longer, and since I did not have any other bullets right now I had to ask.

I just ordered a box of 200gr Sierra Game King SBT and I will use them for the roedeer hunt I think. Since I live in Sweden where match bullets cant be used for hunting I had to find another expanding bullet. Accubond would be my first choise but maybee it should be a little to hard for such small animal as a roedeer at close range.

Any experiences with the 200gr Sierra Game King btw?
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Old 07-30-2008, 09:18 AM
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In my opinion, Bergers are not a short range hunting bullet. For shots less than 600 yds I would use a TSX, E-Tip or Accubond.
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In my opinion, Bergers are not a short range hunting bullet. For shots less than 600 yds I would use a TSX, E-Tip or Accubond.
Hunting mulies just south of you(wy) with a 300 win mag loaded with 168 vld match at about 3100 fps. Not alot of expereinace shooting over 600 yds, seeing I'm from MI. Just wondering what minimum range you would suggest for that load? Also your opinion on why they wont be as effective at shorter ranges than the accubond? I understand that the bullets you mentioned above are for hunting short to mid-range applications because of their controlled expasion ,but I find it hard to believe that the vld's won't perform at that range also. I guess I really don't know, if you or someone could shed some light on me, I'd appreciate it.
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