Originally Posted by J300UM
After searching through the site I think I might nix the Berger idea since everyone says they do not shoot at their potential when loaded to magazine length. I want to use the magazine when I'm hunting. That being said, should I just go with the smk or will the vld's shoot as good as the smk at mag length. I know it still depends on what the gun likes. Any thoughts based on your experiences?
I'd take a hard look at the 240 SMK (.711BC) and Hodgdon US869. With my 10 twist, 26" Rem 700 in 300 RUM, I'm doing 3K at the muzzle with 104.5g US869-this is a cooler (at least 45F and below for me anyway) weather load. You'd be hard pressed to find something that will hit harder (carry more energy at long range) with less wind drift--wind drift (and wind reading) being a big issue with long range shooting. If Richard gets his big Al tipped Wildcats up and running and you have a 1 in 8 twist barrel, well, that's about all that will beat it at this point. I'm using Exbal on a pocket pc (PPC) and using the BC data from the program, I've been spot on to over 1K. Shot a cow elk at 450 with it last month--blew out a rib on the far side and I only found on small piece of jacket material lodged up against the far side skin. Managed to get a second hit on her with a quick recovery and that was a complete pass through at the base of the neck. I think second shots are a bit more difficult to place cause the critter is moving if it wasn't a boom, flop deal.:o
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