Re: New Rifle
Just getting in on the tail end of this thread, just wanted to say that's a nice looking "thunder-stick" you got yourself. I like the Savage rifle also and have been thoroughly pleased with both of mine. I have an older 112BVSS in .300WinMag and a 12BVSS (actually a LA) in 6.5-284Norma.
I still shoot my Remington Sendero SF in .25-06 and Winchester HVB in .243 but the Savage's hang right there with them, for a couple Benjamin's less.
I haven't shot the 190gn Berger VLD but have shot the 190gn Sierra MatchKing (SMK) with H1000 and the CCI 250 primer. My testing was from 79.0 to 80.5 in 1/2 gn increments.
79.0gn 3078fps @ .142"
79.5gn 3112fps @ .522"
80.0gn 3148fps @ .496"
80.5gn 3204fps @ .418"
Currently shooting the 185gn Berger VLD ahead of 79.5gn of H1000 and CCI250 primers. This gives me a modest 3095fps and accuracy was .431" @ 100yds. A 1/2gn bumps it up to 3135fps and accuracy was @ .533". I went with the lighter load because the ES and SD were a bit lower, deer season was coming and I figured it would make a better long range load but not sure it matters. I know neither me or the rifle can shoot the difference at 500yds and beyond. The deer probably won't know the difference either!
Good luck and happy shooting. JohnnyK.