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Unread 01-03-2012, 08:11 AM
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Re: Wifes .257 weatherby Mag bullet Delima..

So from my limited experience with the bergers in .257...they are a little inconsistent. My theory is there is just too small of a meplat for consistent expansion. Now the experiences thus far...
.25-06 115gr. Berger VLD Hunting @ approx. 3040fps.
Whitetail buck at 55yds. Shot through the heart. Entrance and exit were both pencil holes. Zero expansion.
Pup coyote at 200yds. Shot right behind the shoulder. Exit hole size of 1/2 dollar.

.25-06 85gr. Varmint ballistic tip @ approx. 3200fps.
Mature whitetail doe shot at 80 yds mid-rib. Entrance size of half dollar. Exit size of my pinky.

All three animals died within 50yds or less of where they were shot.

My conclusion. I'm going to continue to use the bergers since I still have them...and if I get a 50 yd shot...I'm putting it through the shoulder. It may sound strange but I want positive expansion regardless. I don't believe the bullet is too frangible for such shots. Good luck!
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Unread 01-04-2012, 12:14 AM
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Re: Wifes .257 weatherby Mag bullet Delima..

Several people have already suggested you you best option, the scirocco. Bc just as high as the Berger and bonded. I shoot it in mine at with 72.5 gr of re 22 and it is the hammer of Thor at 3750 fps, I get exits every time.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 10:20 AM
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Re: Wifes .257 weatherby Mag bullet Delima..

Which ever bullet you decide on I would sight in 3" high at 100 yards. With that 257 WM you will have a point blank hold that will not be over or under 3.5" all the way out to 350 yards and at 400 you can hold right on top of a deers back and still smoke him. I would give the 110 Accubond a looooog look. I have not used it in .257 but have used the 130 in .264 at 3350 fps and it works perfectly close up and at longer ranges.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 04:52 PM
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Re: Wifes .257 weatherby Mag bullet Delima..

I shot the 85 BTip, 87 Berger,110 nab, and 115 Barnes tsx, also the 115 Berger, which they recommend 1-10 or faster. That was the only one I did not get to fly 1/2 moa @ 100. I shot antelope out to 550 w/ 87 berger. But I favor the nab or scirrocco.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 04:02 PM
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Re: Wifes .257 weatherby Mag bullet Delima..

We have been shooting the 100 grain Barnes ttsx out of ours at near 3800 fps for about four years. It is a great point and shoot deer rifle that can be sighted for virtually dead on holds to 400 yards. We have never lost a deer or antelope out of many. They may run a few yards but will be dead not far from where you hit them.
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Unread 01-14-2012, 06:52 PM
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Re: Wifes .257 weatherby Mag bullet Delima..

I have the exact rifle in Remington 700, well customized but same rifle, I also have a Weatherby Deluxe, Weatherby Accumark, all in 257 Weatherby. I have found the factory Weatherby 80gr TTSX is a death ray. Ive killed goats and deer out to 487 with it, bang flop dead and shot an antelope at 7 yards (thats a story in inself) and a buck at 45 yards. the antelope dropped in his tracks the littel 80grain TTSX went thru the heaviest bone of the on shoulder, blew up and destroyed the heart and lungs and several peices exited, freaking unreal. The buck turned as I shot and I hit just to left of center looking at me and the bullet went out the back ham, full penetration and the buck fell as if God took his breath. I am know loading the TTSX 80gr for my little Browning lever action in 257 roberts.
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Unread 02-11-2012, 11:15 PM
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Re: Wifes .257 weatherby Mag bullet Delima..

I use the 100 grainer sierra bt spitzer. Might laugh but i have taken over a dozen deer from 10- 450 yards 1 shot kill. Also took my only elk with it at 400 yards. Let the bullet come apart and fragment, it did its job than. No need for a large exit hole for blood it will be desad with in eye site.
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