Originally Posted by Ultramag45
with your success with the 300 Berger OTM, do you think the 250s will perform pretty well...and have you had good success inside 500 yards as well with the Bergers...I shoot a 338 Rum, just ordered 100 of each...thanks
Yes we have done pleny of testing many times closer than 500 and have never tracked an animal shot with a Berger. The only thing is at close range expect a very large exit so I put it in the ribs.
As for the 250's, since I have not used them I think someone that has should answer that question. But you asked what I though, t so here goes. I would do some testing on antelope first like I do with all bullets. The reason we start with antelope is they are usually out in the wide open and if one would happen to be wounded I feel we have a high chance percentage to recover it. That said, we have tested and used the 230's in a 300 win as well as the 190's and 210's. They all worked very well at all distances for what we like to see. And that is the animal down right there where we can watch him go down. I do feel the 250's will work fine, but my way of thinking is to use the bigger offerings. It is a well know fact that the Bergers go in, fragment and then in most cases we get complete pass throughs. So I like using a bigger bullet to allow a bigger piece to pass through. This works very well for us. Also, since I live where the wind blows I always take advantage af the BC to keep the bullet on track, and the weight to retain more velocity at long distance than the lighter bullet will. The only place I would consider using the .338 / 250 for my way of hunting is if I were shooting one of the smaller cased 338's.
Here is an antelope I shot while testing the 300 OTM's. This was shot at 500 yards and a MV of 2800 fps.
inside rib cage entrance.
DRT, and very little meat loss.