Re: Barnes's Tests Prove Why Berger Hunting VLDs Are So Successful By Eric Stecker
If Berger's BCs are inflated, why are they the same as the ones in Bryan Litz' book? I'm virtually certain he tested these (along with numerous other manufacturers' bullets) BEFORE he went to work there. I have yet to shoot Bergers so I'm not making any claims on their part. I just am skeptical of what appears to be an unfounded assertion that doesn't jibe with other evidence. I've certainly found that the BCs provided by Litz for bullets I do use - such as the Nosler .30 cal 165 gr. Accubond - have been highly accurate. Once I entered those into JBM and Ballistic, my results at the range and while hunting have been much closer to their predictions. So 1) I have confidence in his testing method, which he explained thoroughly in Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting, and 2) the published BCs for Bergers are the same as those in the book. Stands to reason they are accurate BCs.
You are certainly right that BC is not everything. Two reasons I have chosen to continue with the Accubonds is that the rifle I've been using has a long throat (and, yes, I know there's a method to test Bergers at different seating depths) and while I appreciate their lethality, I don't want a bullet that ruins any meat. (Correct me if I'm wrong about Bergers in that regard). Based on my experience, Accubonds placed in the right place are lethal but do little damage to meat.