I recently completed my last hunt this year using a custom 300 RUM Sendero shooting the 230 gr Berger Hybrid Target bullet behind RL-33 powder. Seven big game animals including antelope, deer and elk were harvested. I computed ballistics on all the shots with five of the hunters female and the remaining male. Accurate and precise hunting is independent of age and sex however with a male dominated LR and ELR hunting sport it’s welcome to witness the huntresses performing with great success!
Below are videos and pictures of two of the recent huntress harvests.
This first video is a sophomore shooting 618 yards.
Notice the deer ran off! Pictured below is the exit hole.
Even with good shot placement and terminal performance game animals often take more time than wanted to expire. Obviously “DRT” is preferred but in my experience not the norm.
The second video is a huntress shooting 886 yards. The video is in slow motion due to the video quality. In full screen you may be able to see the bullet impact just by the spine above the shoulder. If not, sorry for the quality.
Shot placement is high near the spine yet the deer ran off! I would have expected a spinal injury instantly dropping this deer.
Where is the noticeable exit hole? I see some blood but???? This deer lived quite some time before being expired. Pencil? Unfortunately with little flesh to expand the bullet, yes.
Here are my thoughts on the 230 gr Berger Target bullet used for hunting and terminal performance. Everyone will have their own opinions however mine are based on seven big game animals harvested with an average range well over 800 yards.
I noticed this bullet will travel a long distance thru flesh yet still fragment/expand. This was evident on a large bull shot at 1107 yards while 1/8 facing and the bullet still exited. The bullet additionally fragmented evident by the tattered copper pieces found under the hide near the exit hole. Great terminal performance in this hunt.
Will the 230 Berger Target cause massive damage to internal organs? Yes, but only if traveling thru enough tissue or hitting a bone to accelerate expansion. The lack of tissue distance and expansion was evident on the buck shot above. I believe there was not enough tissue for this bullet to expand properly in this instance. The buck was harvested but only after living for several minutes afterward. A rapid expanding bullet would have assisted in this case.
Each of us will have to decide on ballistics performance while balancing terminal performance. I believe the 230 gr Berger Target bullet makes an excellent choice for large game such as elk. For smaller game this may not be the best option based on your anticipated harvest ranges. The hunting Berger version or comparable BC bullet should be a logical alternative. However, when balancing ballistics capability for long to extreme long range hunting and desired terminal performance there is a give and take. In my case not all situations were ideal for this bullet. However, for ranges approaching and entering extreme ranges the ballistics performance of this bullet currently is not equaled by other options!