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New Berger .284 140 VLDs.....

 
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Old 07-28-2008, 01:32 PM
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New Berger .284 140 VLDs.....

I've been doing load development with the new 140 VLDs and though I haven't done extensive shooting with them thus far, they are definitely showing promise. With alittle more range time I should have a killer combo for these new pills.

Thus far my two best loads have been from a Sendero SFII 7RM, 1) 63.5s Grns IMR4350, WW Brass, Fed 215 GMM and 2)69 Grns H4831, WW Brass, Fed 215 GMM. Both loads have given low SD thus far. Avg MV with the IMR4350 loads has been 3233 fps with the H4831 loads coming in at 3221 fps.

Here are two groups I fired back to back at 200 yards yesterday:



This rifle hasn't shown promise with any of the 140s I've tried thus far, so I was sort of surprised that the 140 VLDs are shooting fairly well. It really shines with 162 Amaxes, but with alittle tinkering, these new 140s may give them a run. It seems that Berger has come up with another good bullet.



I hope to give an on game review on my Mid Sept WY antelope hunt.

Ya'll have a Good One,

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Old 07-28-2008, 06:22 PM
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What is the BC of the 7 mm 140 grain VLD?
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:04 PM
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I thought I read somewhere where it was suppose to be about .500. Not all that great considering the 140g NBT is .485. I wont be switching anytime soon as my 140g NBT's shoot 1/4 MOA at 3250fps out of my Rem 700 BDL in 7mm RM and they hold up better then VLD's.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:13 AM
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Berger 140 BC

BC is advertised at .509

Yeah, they are not much better in terms of BC compared to the 140 NBT, but they are alittle better and have a good BC for a .284 140. I'm getting better accuracy from that particular rifle with 162 Amaxes, but these 140s have alittle better trajectory.

The 140 VLD results in a .520" flatter trajectory at 500 with .850" less drift when compared to the 140 NBT(MV 3233, 250 zero, 10mph 90 deg wind), so yes, it is a very small advantage. That said, this particular rifle does better with the 140 VLD that the 140 NBT, although my other two 7RMs do better with the NBT.

I'll let ya'll know when I've had a chance to do some more development. Hopefully I can tighten things up a bit and dial in a combo for my 'lope hunt.

Ya'll have a good one,

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