Originally Posted by guns_and_labs
So, .300 WinMag, elk, 50-500 yards... Berger VLD or Nosler Accubond? ... both shoot well under 1 MOA at those distances...
The Berger Hunting VLDs are used regularly to take elk, moose, bear, buffalo and other large game. We receive tremendous amounts of feedback from hunters who are taking large game from all over the world. The feedback is the same and it is that the bullets "work great".
I am not dismissing the concerns expressed by those who deliberate on such things but the actual results in the field are unquestionable.
Frankly, we have intentionally downplayed the performance of our bullets on game. I have seen far too many situations where a product is introduced into a new application with great bravado and acclaim. Typically, these products fall short of marketing hype. Even if the product works well it can be viewed as a failure since it did not live up to expectations set by overly anxious marketing folks (who probably never used the product).
We have intentionally kept the "performance claims" to a minimum and focused our message on how the bullet works on impact. We then leave it to the hunter to decide whether they want this type of performance on their hunt.
I've observed an evolution of opinions about our bullets being used for hunting that few people are in a position to witness. It started with "you can't use Match bullets for hunting". Then it switched to "well they work great on deer but won't work on anything bigger". Recently it morphed into "Berger's are great for long range but won't work up close". All of these opinions are being proven in the field to be incorrect.
It is true that the bulk of the message about using Berger's for hunting has come from The Best of the West TV show which specializes in long range hunting. However this does not mean that our bullets are only capable of success at long range. Instead of coming out with a major ad campaign on this fact we are letting the hunters find out for themselves that this is true. I believe it is better for someone to learn on their own that something exceeds their expectations.
Having said all that, it is true that our bullets work the way they do. Shots taken up close will result in more energy being applied to the internals of the animal through fragmentation. Fortunately, this result is more than capable of putting larger game down quickly. We will leave it to the hunter to decide if this is the manner in which they want to dispatch their game.
Some may say that other bullets are just as capable of putting an animal down at short range as the Berger Hunting VLD. I will not dispute this point. I am not suggesting that ours works better than theirs in this specific situation (close range shots). What I am saying is that they work differently and that they DO work.
The Berger Hunting VLD is capable of taking game of all sizes (except extreme size game) at close and long range. This is a fact that is being proven again and again in the field. Our marketing goal is to educate the hunter on exactly how our bullet works on impact so they can decide for themselves if they want to give it a try. Once they do the results speak for themselves.