Re: Optimizing Precision And Accuracy From VLD Bullets By Eric Stecker
I so appreciate your responses to the quiz's you get in this forum. Always helpful, even if it comes "after the fact" sometimes, as a reassurance. F. ex. the 4COAL test you mention again, really took so much of the guesswork out of the finetuning I had to do. I shoot a Savage .223 with a 28" Shilen barrel (so I can shoot the 90gr. pills) and a wonderful rifle Kirby Allen built for me in .338AX.
On the latter, I went from what Kirby had used (it was an action he himself had owned/used) - a 300gr. Sierra Matchking - to your 300gr. VLD.
Btw., here is some anecdotal evidence I was told at the range this afternoon: someone had shot a VLD ( I think it was a 190gr.) at a bear (actually two bears at two different times) and the bullet came apart/disintegrated upon impact without penetration. I was too preoccupied to ask more details, which I will if I meet the guys again. Their "take" was that it couldn't penetrate hair (!?) and a couple of inches of fat, but came apart before breaking through into the bear's cavity. I cannot tell you the distance, but the caliber I believe was a .300 Win Mag or .338. I know it's sort of unfair to present you with this info, without the proper details. I want to use the .330/300gr. Elite Hunter myself, for anything from deer, bear to ekl/moose, as I like the idea of having to deal with only one bullet. Anyway, just want to say thanks and look forward to your articles, as well as Brian's.