Originally Posted by 405win
I'll be using Bergers on elk this year but have no experience with them. I hear stories but would like to know what you guys think, good or bad.
I haven't used them, but I was totally set on them earlier this year. Here is the report that I got from some of the guys here. Berger's have awesome BC's (they should since they were designed as a target competition round) and when they hit the animal just perfect, they will probably work awesome. As far as I know, they are designed to penetrate the hide and some bone and then fragment (explode) as they move on through the cavity. I've heard that you will have more consistent luck (if there is such a thing) using them on an animal with a thinner hide like a deer.
The problem will most likely come when an animal is quartering away from you. Taking the shot that would require you to maybe shoot farther back than the shoulder and that would require the bullet to travel more distance inside the animal in order to reach the vital organs for a good, quick, clean kill. There have been many reports of flesh/gut wounds that allow the animal to get away. The word on the street is that elk will run miles and miles in the wrong direction (ie uphill and or into the worst possible place for the hunter) if prompted by a bad shot. I had a friend that shot a cow with a muzzle loader and it was as if she was saying, "The HELL you're going to get my dead body!!" as she hurled herself off the nearby cliff...no joke. Oh, and his rig was NOT parked at the bottom.
I decided to go with a bullet that's designed with more weight retention in mind. But that's just me. Just remember that, sure Huskemaw and Grey Bull Precision may share tons of videos that show really impressive work on animals (i personally think the vids are awesome) with the Bergers, but how many times did they not air the shots that didn't play out the way they were hoping for.
Anyway, good luck.