The more reports I read the more confused I become.
To start with, I am shooting a 6.5x284. At this point I have never shot anything but a prairie dog at more than 450 yards. I plan to practice a bunch at 500, then move to 600, and so on.
I still know how to sneak up on animals and enjoy doing so, so short range shots are a possibility.
The longer range shots on game really wont happen soon, but I don't want to spend a lot of time developing loads that don't lend towards my goal.
I have 139 Lapua Scenars and 140 Hornady Amax in stock. The Scenars shoot good but performance on game has been unsatisfactory. Haven't tried the Amax yet.
So far I have steered away from low BC mono-metal and bonded bullets.
My only concern with Berger is showering my meat with lead particles, but I have not tried them.
Is there really a bullet that I can use on animals from 100 to 700 yards and still be able to afford to ring steel with them? Am I stuck with trying to find two different bullets for the different ranges?
I tried the Lapua Scenars based on recommendations I got on another site. The results were so poor I will be more careful this time.
I shot the 6.4-140 Bergers for the first time this year on animals from 250-600yds. They performed perfectly on each one.
If you don't shoot them in the meat it is not likely that you will have lead in the meat.
I love the bergers but based on my experience the so called high shoulder shot is so horrible as to be offensive in it's waist. Did it once and will never do it again. Like any other bullet punch it threw the lungs or heart and they are outstanding. Shot placement rules. I expect the a-max would do the same.
Even though they seem to have "fallen from grace" the Nosler Ballistic Tip get's my nod. I have used the 120gn Ballistic Tip in my 6.5-284Norma with terminal results every time. They are always accurate and consistent and with proper placement will get the job done. JohnnyK.
I have tried several bullets and found the 6.5, 140 Berger Hunting VLD gives the best performance from 50 to 1000 yards. I don't push them much past 3000 FPS MV. From my experience, most bullets capable of cleanly killing an animal at 700+ yards will destroy meat with a close range high shoulder shot. Shoot them in the chest with this bullet at the closer ranges. They will be dead in very short order. iMHO.
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