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Need Advice... 7mm 180grn Berger VLD

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Unread 01-04-2013, 06:59 PM
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Re: Need Advice... 7mm 180grn Berger VLD

Just a thought on energy on target...

240 grain 44 caliber bullet leaving a barrel at 1250 fps will penetrate clean through the chest cavity of a deer or elk at 300+ yards... This is a proven fact. repeated by hundreds of times over the past 45+ years.

A real sharp pointy 195 grain 7mm bullet or 240 grain .308 bullet will poke a nice hole through ANY deer or elk from 600fps all the way up to 1500fps if it doesn't expand and MOST of the time even if it's tumbling.... These bullets have enough VELOCITY left after 1 deer to still penetrate another!

Most of the ENERGY we wish for on target is wasted in the dirt, rock or backstop on the far side of the animal we shoot. Most bullets that penetrate completely rarely

HENCE we really don't need all this extra ENERGY on target, we need velocity in a bullet that is long enough and spinning fast enough to be stable to not tumble as it penetrates if the velocity is below the expansion point.

Energy on target is VITALLY important on hardened targets, doors, some glass, Steel gongs.....

HOWEVER as long as we are shooting at flesh and blood that usually doesn't slow down a bullet that much...

How much velocity do you lose going through and animal? 30% 50%?
If you lost most of your VELOCITY (energy) You would not have to worry about pass through shots.

That's why frangible bullets are so effective... 45cal frangible bullets still make massive canaloupe woulds at 750fps!

How much energy did that 45 bullet expend in the target? ALL THE ENERGY IT HAD!

Yet that 45 frangible that does such a nice job expends NOT A FRACTION of the energy the 1500fps 195 grain 7mm bullet that zinged all the way through and expended in the dirt behind it....

Just a thought.

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