Originally Posted by Canadian Bushman
Ive read alot of your accounts on the sucess youve had paired wih your 300 win and the 210 and 215 bergers. Have you had the same sucess with the 230's as well?
Yes, we loaded them in my son (Young_Gun's) rifle as soon as they came out a few years ago. His rifle is a custom off a 700 rem action with a 28" Broughton 1 in 10 twist. The rifle is deadly accurate with the 230's and I don't remember him missing with it. It has been flattening antelope, deer and elk evey since we built it. As seen in the fore mentioned thread.
Some interesting real world data. We first had Young_Gun's 300 win loaded up to max with the 210 HVLD's. Then we loaded the 230 Hybrids just below max. The 210's had a MV of 2916, and the 230's 2775 fps. Run the ballistics and you will see that by 1000 yards the 230 catches the 210 even though the 210 has a 140+ fps head start. And also brings an additional 130 lbs of energy. Just past and beyond the 230 is the faster bullet retaining more velocity and energy.
That said Berger has since introduced the 215 Hybrid. I chose to test the 215's last fall in my 300 win and I doubt I will change that for a while. The rifle made 19 big game kills with 19 shots and several shooters. Good enough for me.
As far as 215 / 230 in a 300 win, pick your poison. With longer tubes the 230 will look better out to 1000 and maybe beyond. But if elk are needed for table fair the 230 has it's merit especially at the longer distances. I choose the 215's, but I will use the .338 to go past 1000 on elk.
If loading for a larger case like the 30-378 or RUM I would definitely go 230 OTM.