168 gr Berger results **Graphic photos**

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by kiwi3006, Dec 6, 2009.

  1. kiwi3006

    kiwi3006 Well-Known Member

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    I went hunting over the weekend. I manage to shoot a red hind at 442 yards on Friday night.
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    Red hind 442 yards, 5.5MOA elevation, no windage
    I was using my 7mm mag with 168 bergers doing 3087 fps. (73 gr H1000, federal brass, Federal 215 primer). Estimated impact velocity was 2530 fps.
    The hind was quartering away. The projectile entered in the last two ribs of the ribcage and went forwards through the liver and lungs and lodged under the opposite front leg.
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    Tip of knife points to bullet entrance to the ribcage


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    Damage to the liver and lungs


    The projectile lost all its lead and I only found the copper jacket. (sorry no photos of the jacket and haven't weighed it yet).

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    Bullet jacket where it was found after removing front leg
    The deer dropped on the spot and thrashed around a bit. There was a complete bleed out and almost no meat lost.

    I was impressed with the performance

    Stu.
     
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  2. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

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    Great pics, I had very similar results on a Elk with the 140 gr .277 Berger bullet. I also found the jacket just under the off shoulder, very little meat damage with a very definite end of life results. Pics are worth a thousand words, double that on the internet. I'm diggin the Berger also!!
     

  3. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    Good post! I have had good results at that range and velocity with my 6.5 with 140 Bergers.......Rich
     
  4. Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Well-Known Member

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    All I can say is GO BERGER!!
     
  5. FEENIX

    FEENIX Well-Known Member

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    Excellent and congrats!
     
  6. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

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    Go BERGER :D
     
  7. Qaqmire

    Qaqmire Member

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    Wow!!!

    tks for posting great pics great job congrats on the kill

    i am working up loads now with berger on paper
    can't wait to try them on game

    Qaqmire
     
  8. bigerik

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    great pics and results,

    i use the 168gr vld bergers in my rem 700 in 30-06 and really love how they preform in it.
    its not a custom rifle with high end barrel and trigger,but just a plain old off the shelf ADL with 20" barrel, 25moa rail and 4-16x40mm ill mildot scope,i floated the barrel and epoxy bedded the stock.

    with factory rem ammo its a right at moa at 100yds.

    since reloading with the bergers its brought my groups down to 3/8" measured from the outside edges of the holes at 100yds. and 3/4"outside to outside at 200 yds or .442 center to center. not bad imo for a stock rifle.

    i load them about .010 of the lands, use rem brass,win lr primers, 168vld's,48.1gr h4350. i use this same load with hornady match bullets and match kings for paper.
     
  9. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    That seems like an awfully light load? Is this a misprint?.......Rich
     
  10. Oliveralan

    Oliveralan Well-Known Member

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    I use 210 VLDs in my 300 win mag. Results looked a lot like that. Except mine was straight through the shoulder and 4" exit on other side. Internal looked mangled just like that.

    Go Berger!
     
  11. Capt Academy

    Capt Academy Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the great post and info on the Berger 168 grain.
     
  12. bigerik

    bigerik Member

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    Rich,
    it sure was.
    the load i use now is 58.2gr of H4350 @ approx 2757 fps for my short barrel.

    i was most likley thinking of imr 4064 witch was loads in the 40's, 46-48grs before i settled into the H 4350 gave me abit better accuracy.

    my very first reloads were AA 2520 @ 42.8 gr @2259 fps now that was a starting load in the lee's 2nd edition (very light load),very accurate @ 100-200yds but dropped real fast soon after.

    i was new to reloading and tried to use a single type of powder to reload .223,.22-250,30-06,rem260. ya that didnt work well,soon gave that up!

    good shootin,

    Erik
     
  13. elkaholic

    elkaholic Well-Known Member

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    I thought that was what you meant but wasn't sure but what you had a MAGIC barrel or something. If you did, I wanted one:D
     
  14. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

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    Nice shot placement. A guy sure cant argue with results like that. Great job, and pics. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the critter.