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Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

 
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Old 09-08-2010, 08:14 AM
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Re: Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

Very Nice Sheep Phorwath. Congrats on a successful hunt.

I am suprised at the performance of your bullet . I have taken much game with the 210 Berger and never had this as a result. I guess I have been lucky enough to catch a rib on each shot, or a shoulder when needed on larger game. I suppose in this case a Ballistic Tip projectile would have been the answer. But I choose to shoot one bullet in my rifles and feel the Berger is best for the game I am hunting. I guess it is hard to get it all, as far as a bullet is concerned. Not enough expansion or to much. But for sure no two shots are the same when you consider all the variables of distance/velocity, toughness of hide, placement and angle.

But never the less, I am glad you secured the animal and didn't have to track him up. Good job.

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Old 09-09-2010, 10:03 PM
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Re: Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

It has been suggested that if the meplat was trimmed back on these 210 VLDs just enough to provide a consistent & uniform tip, that they might expand more reliably. Anyone doing this and have any recommendations? Anyone at all??

I hate to have to start over with 208 Amaxs and load development. I'd rather meplat uniform and continue with the VLDs if that would help promote better consistency of expansion.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:54 PM
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Re: Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

Great info on the Berger's and congrats on the sheep, he looks eerily related to this 36 1/2" that I took in the Kenai range a few years ago. I took him with my 25-06 using 117 grain Hornady boattail handloads. Shot was just over 400 yards estimated by holdover.

I haven't read any other reports like this about the Berger's so the info is very helpful even if it is a small sampling of the total number of 210's being used there seems to be a common experience voiced in this thread.


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Old 10-08-2010, 05:53 PM
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Re: Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

Congrat's on that Nice Ram... I would have loved to have seen your face after the first shot.. I've had that look before... Use Barnes Bullets next time .. You don't have to feel that way again...

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Old 10-08-2010, 07:05 PM
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Re: Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

Barnes is the last projectile I would use at extended ranges..They just dont open or cause sufficent trauma out wide on big game.. Ive followed up enough sambar using Barnes and witneesed 3 through the boiler room..before he tried to stop getting up at 240 yards..froma 300 win mag using 180's. Plenty of nice recoveries with just the petals folded over.. may work on small deer
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Old 10-08-2010, 07:58 PM
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Re: Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

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Just for Giggles what is your choice of bullet for the fore mention shooting Feat.. It would be North Forks would it...
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Old 10-10-2010, 02:11 AM
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Re: Alaskan Dall Sheep - 210 Berger VLD

Try a Hornady SST

If Barnes rocks your boat by all means use them.
Currently shotting 210 Bergers at 2940fps from my Weatherby Accumark.

In tthe 7mm I use 175gn GK's or 162gn SSt's

In the Edge I will be using 250gn Hornaday Match or 300 SMK's.

On an undisturbed animal I have used a 300wsm and 300win mag with 180' TTSX for less than spectacular performance. They just dont rock my boat .
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