I have been shooting the Nosler Ballistic Tip since I started handloading nearly 20 years ago, recently however I've started shooting the Berger 115 VLD out of my 25-06 AI. My question is more on the terminal side... I think we all know the Berger is more accurate and has a noticeable external ballistic advantage.
I was reading an old post (2002) on another forum written by Mr. Kirby Allen (fiftydriver) on Nosler BT performance vs. the Partition. You remember this Mr. Allen? To paraphrase it was an endorsment of the relitive toughness of the BT. It's hard to debate the merits of the Partition... but several incidences were sited validating the BT as an excellent game bullet in its own right. I love the performance aspect of the Hunting BTs (100 and 115 in .25 Cal.)... to that there is no question, and the post even spoke of your wife shooting a mature Mule Deer at just over 200 yds with the 100 grainer out of a 25-06 with devistating results. I'd like to know what you think of the Berger 115 VLD and the Wildcat 125 RBBT in comparison of terminal performance vs. the 100/115 Nosler BT.
I was a bit unsure how the 100 would fair on solid targets at around 3600fps (63gr RE-25) so I taped two Seattle Metro phone books together and shot them at 200 yds... as you can see from the picture, I'm not too worried. I could put my fist through the back half of the 2nd phone book... don't think a critter would make it too far with a hole like that through both lungs!!
I'm looking to shoot out to about 500 on deer/'lope sized critters and maybe a bit further on coyotes. The Higher BC would help... but it's not on the top of my priority list. I want a bullet that is:
#1- acceptably accurate (.5-.75 MOA)
#2- anchors game quickly and with authority
#3- has a BC in the .425-450 range (better is obviously, well... better!)
Should I keep shooting the BT... or is one of the "better moustraps" actually better?