Originally Posted by 1denogean
Would it be okay to hunt with the target bullet vld?
We're going to find out real soon in the 6.5 - 140 gr SAAMI hybrid target bullet. One of my sons got a 6.5 X 284 Norma factory rifle in a Savage LRH. The new hybrid design shoots under moa out to a tested 800 yds.
We gathered up half a truck load of old phone books, soaked them fully submerged in water overnight, duct taped bunches of them together, and then went to testing for penetration and expansion at various distances. We then compared his penetration and expansion by shooting my 280AI with 168 VLD hunting bullets that I have been using for years.
Bottom line results were I feel very comfortable with him now proceeding to use them on something with a hide. We shot into the front face of the phone books stacked on top of one another, the target bullets penetrated about 4" and then you could see where all hell broke loose. We retrieved all bullets, cleaned them up from all the pulp type paper residue, and they weighed up clean between 38 and 45 grains. I believe some of that was the fact that we did not keep track at what distance each was fired at. We just put them all in a sandwich bag and should have kept them sorted by distance fired.
It is way too soon at this point to even guess if these target bullets will perform as needed on live animals but I am confident enough with our testing to proceed. We've always done well on the black bears, so hopefully this year will be no exception and we intend to find out how that little 140 gr. 6.5 target bullet does on a Montana black bear.