I've been reading a lot about both Barnes and Bergers for some time now trying to make an accurate decision . I have to agree with Barnes on the fact that higher BC is not as important as bullet construction ,though they and I will most likely get a lot of negative feedback on the subject.
Berger Vlds do seem like a good bullet, I am not trying to take away from that , but from everything I've read and heard, they work best in certain range areas....not too far , not too close. They obviously work great on large and smaller big game animals alike, and for those of you that want to hunt deer at ranges of +/- 100 yards, your thinking too much. For those of us that are debating this with intent to use a bullet on bigger game at distances ranging from 10 yrds to 1000 yrds, we are looking for a bullet that operates effectively in that area. Bergers work well on game out longer ranges, but as said before, I don't want a giant 7x7 walking in at 50 yrds. that I can not effectively take down. I am not saying that Bergers won't do the job, but if said situation arises, you will be taking a quick shot with possible marginal results. (for those of you liars that say you wouldn't take the shot, I didn't mean you ).
I guess what I am saying is that with all the variables, wind , elevation, uphill/downhill shots among other things, to say that we are all going to make perfect shots every time and never hit bone is just false.
As far as BC being the most important variable is also a farce as anyone who handloads knows , there are many things that a shooter can do to help accuracy, different powder, different load, different OA case measurement.
What blows my mind is the amount of times I read that someone is expecting "tackdriving" accuracy in their production rifle by worrying about BC's.
I currently am shooting Barnes bullets with consistent 3" groups at 700 yards, so for me the BC difference just isn't as important.
Look at the ballistics gel at 100 yards with the berger. 9" of penetration does not impress me.
The bottom line is that we all have to find our own comfort zone. But most importantly enjoy the sport of long range hunting and all the math and discussions involved.
There are a lot of products out there with many different uses, no one more right than the other.