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Old 11-17-2012, 11:47 AM
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I am having a hard time finding accurate loads with the VLD bullets. I tried to follow Berger manual which I have but many times I am stopped at magazine length and can't get to start at ten thou off lands. I have no trouble with TSX or accubonds getting half inch groups and in short order. I know a lot of you love the Berger so if any one has any tips fire away. I want to shoot some animals with the VLD I just can't get the accuracy
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Old 11-17-2012, 12:45 PM
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Re: Loading bergers

What caliber , rifle and load are you using?
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Old 11-17-2012, 01:11 PM
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7wsm,280 AI,, 7mm rem mag. Akk with 168 VLD . Loadin 4 different powders in each.
300 wsm with 175 VLD
7 stw. 180 VLD

Loading five with 3 different charges 4 different powders
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Well, you are tougher than me. I only work one load up at a time. If I had a load for them I would share it, but the only one would be a 7 rem and I use H-1000 and a 215 Federal with 168 VLD's in them and they are pretty easy to work up. Mine were 700 sendero's

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What coal did you have on that load
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What coal did you have on that load
I never measure COAL as it is irrelevant. But I can tell you I started with them -.040" off the lans and the last one ended up at .030" off the lans.
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I am having a hard time finding accurate loads with the VLD bullets. I tried to follow Berger manual which I have but many times I am stopped at magazine length and can't get to start at ten thou off lands. I have no trouble with TSX or accubonds getting half inch groups and in short order. I know a lot of you love the Berger so if any one has any tips fire away. I want to shoot some animals with the VLD I just can't get the accuracy

Just start at your mags length and set deeper. I kinda followed the statement below with the 190gr Berger and finished at .070 off. Shoots pretty good.


Statement from Berger:
Load 24 rounds at the following COAL if you are a hunter (pulling a bullet out of the case with your rifling while in the field can be a hunt ending event which must be avoided) or a competition shooter who worries about pulling a bullet during a match:


  • .010 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
  • .050 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
  • .090 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds
  • .130 off the lands (jump) 6 rounds

Shoot 2 (separate) 3 shot groups in fair conditions to see how they group. The remarkable reality of this test is that one of these 4 COALs will outperform the other three by a considerable margin. Once you know which one of these 4 COAL shoots best then you can tweak the COAL +/- .002 or .005. Taking the time to set this test up will pay off when you find that your rifle is capable of shooting the VLD bullets very well (even at 100 yards).
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