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History Of The Match Grade Berger Hunting VLD

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Unread 03-31-2011, 07:53 AM
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Re: History Of The Match Grade Berger Hunting VLD

Good little article that I enjoyed reading. I'd been shooting VLD's for some time with a precision/target rifle and was impressed with their accuracy. A few of my buddies were shooting mule deer and elk with Berger VLD's, then the various articles started coming out in print about them.

Decided to try the 115 VLD's from my .25-06 for mule deer, and came away very impressed!

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Unread 04-01-2011, 01:39 AM
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Re: History Of The Match Grade Berger Hunting VLD

In my experience using VLDs I have found that one needs to keep velocities fairly high in order to gain maximum terminal performance. In one instance using a lower velocity (arround 2,500 fps) 6.5x55 on whitetail deer I found that the 140 gr bullet did not expand as much as I would have hopped and punched a small hole all the way through. The deer was killed but it ran 40 yds. All part of the learning curve.[/QUOTE]

Did you try the 130 gr bullet with the 6.5x55 to increase the velocities? I have a 6.5 and I'm interested in trying the VLD
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Unread 07-15-2011, 03:15 PM
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Re: History Of The Match Grade Berger Hunting VLD

my load for this fall is the 185 grain berger, my question is I was going to hunt with the 180TTSX which I have used before for raking shots or for deep penetration...............will the berger work the same? seems like i will need to wait for a perfect shot since it starts fragmenting so soon. Iam I right?
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Unread 07-15-2011, 03:55 PM
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Re: History Of The Match Grade Berger Hunting VLD

I just don't get it, my experience with berger 140 6.5 hunting vld's was less than stellar results, 3 for 3 shot that the bullet never made it into the ribcage before it came to pieces, this is shooting them at 3160 fps through an 8 twist kreiger.
this deer shot with an orange box 140, at 3160 fps at the range of 230 yards, as you can plainly see it never made the chest cavity, other than a couple fragments

thats 3 for 3 and now I'm hesitant to shoot another deer with them. plenty accurate though. I can't think of any reason for this to happen
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