JohnnyK has got me thinking also of the RL25!!! Thats one I have not tried yet.
I use Retumbo at 58.5 gr for the 140 VLDs and they are shooting about as good as you can ask for. Ragged holes at 100yds are pretty common.
The last week I been working on a load for Barnes 120 gr Tipped Triple Shock.
This morning I shot a half inch group at 100 and shot incredibly well at 500. I loaded 59.5 gr of Accurate MagPro and that is the max for this Savage 111LRH.
60 gr was too hot and I could see a little too much extractor mark for my liking.
I have a Huskemaw
on this gun and the turret is made for Bergers 140 VLDs. At 500 yds I had to set the turret on 450 to have the Barnes on at 500.
Gonna try the 800 yd target tomorrow if the wind allows.
I have to admit these Barnes have really shot well with multiple loads but this seems to be the best velocity I have seen. Averaging right at 3100 and extreme spreads is only 18 fps. Gonna be fun to see what the RL25 does!
My daughter drew a big bull tag here in Utah and the hunt started a couple days ago. Plan on using the Barnes for it next week. I also tried the Vihtavuori N165 but even though the groups were very good the pressures were crazy! I could shoot 3 or 4 that showed hardly any signs of pressure and then the next one would blow a primer pocket on brand new Lapua brass. Havn't figured that one out yet.
Good luck and let us know what ya find that works best for ya.
Better to have it and not need it! Than to need it and not have it!