Originally Posted by MontanaRifleman
Shooting the 200 AB and the 210 Berger with respective MV's of 3200 and 3150, The Berger only gets about another 50 yds down range with 1800 fps of velocity and a differnce of 3 1/2" of drift in a 10 mph cross wind which I wouldn't be shooting at game with at that distance (1K) anyway. The ony practicle reason to carry it as a second ELR load would be if it were significantl more accurate (if the 200 AB were not accurate enough to hit the kill zone @ 1K)
The Bergers are great bullets... wish they would come up with a controlled expansion version.
I don't spend a lot of effort perfecting a load with my short range bullet. Utmost accuracy, ES, and SD aren't so critical out to 400 yds. All I require of my short range bullet is positive expansion, high weight retention at high velocity impacts, and less than 1.25 moa accuracy. I can live with that on large game out to 400 yards.
On the other hand, I do spend a lot of time working up the most accurate, low ES low SD load I can achieve for my long range bullet. Then I spend the time proving my field drops match my ballistic software program predictions. Since this process consumes a fair amount of time, I start out with what I consider to be one of the very best long range bullets available (compatible with my barrel's twist rate) and then see if I can get it to shoot with the accuracy required to engage game at 1000 yds. If my first pick for an optimum long range bullet doesn't shoot well out of my rifle, I'll try my 'second' selection long range bullet and repeat the effort. Once the bullet and load have proven themselves, it's a natural selection to run with that bullet as the distances are stretched. I have more confidence in that bullet because of the time and experience spent with that bullet during load development and long range testing & field drop confirmation.
The 210 VLDs shoot 50 fps faster at the muzzle than the 200 ABs in my 300 Win Mag. They're more accurate based on my load development to date. And they excell ballistically in every way. If those enhanced features and performance allow for an easier hit at long range, then I want that advantage even if the bullet doesn't retain the majority of its weight in a controlled mushroom. Putting the bullet on target is the higher priority at long range.
An extra 50 yds of maintained expansion velocity and 3 1/2" less wind drift aren't the only differences I experience because the VLDs are launched faster out of my barrel.
These are the practical reasons I switch from the short range bullet to my long range bullet when the ranges become interesting. My long range bullet is, quite simply, the best bullet in my possession for striking a death blow at extended ranges.