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Berger vld's .05" of the lands?

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Unread 02-25-2008, 09:35 PM
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You are asking a tough question... We don't know the habits of your gun..Mine shoots better the deeper they are... You might be lucky but you will need to test in in your gun.... and if they don't I will buy your bergers...

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Unread 02-25-2008, 11:33 PM
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I am having the same problem as you are having. I have tried to load my 7MM SAUM with 168 Bergers and the mag is too short to load the bullets close to the lands. I have backed the bullets out so that the loaded round would fit the mag.. My Rem 700 did not shoot them quite as well as I thought it should. In fact my groups were not as good as the gun shot 140 Nosler Accubonds or 160 TSX bullets, so I am still trying by moving the bullets as close as I can then backing them out. I have not found the sweet spot as of yet.
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Unread 02-26-2008, 08:28 AM
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VLD's are always very finnicky. A few will shoot well off the lands, but most seem to do better into the lands. Currently, I am shooting just one VLD, the 80 gr. Berger in my competition factory Savage .223. It shoots best about .020 into the lands. You need to test OAL's by .005" increments. Start as long as possible, and go down. You might try single shot loadings with several jammed, as an experiment before making alterations to the magazine.
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Unread 02-27-2008, 01:53 AM
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Took us a while to get good accuracy!

Originally Posted by 300saum View Post
Good info and solutions to long bullets, but my question is still unanswered. Can vld's shoot good off the lands? Any info would be great.
We ordered 30 caliber VLd's in 168, 190 and the 210's. We worked up loads for a 300 RUM and a 30-338...Finally got the 210's to shoot in the 30-338, but we had to come within .010 of the lands before we saw signs of real good accuracy. If you are going to keep the rifle then a call to Kevin Wyatt might help. Wyatt's Outdoor Custom Rifles - Magazine Boxes He can install one of his extended mag boxes for you...also feel free to email Walt Berger with your questions. He is a fine gentleman and will correspond usually within a day or so. He will also email you various loads to try...I think he generates them using "Quick Load" but am not positive. He can be reached at keep working at it...they are very good bullets but must be seated and loaded properly for your specific rifle Good Luck! 30-338
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