7mm 180gr Berger Hunting vld @ 2800fps

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by distantfoe, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. distantfoe

    distantfoe Well-Known Member

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    Not having much luck working up a load for a 284 winchester with 168 bergers. Although I've had a few promising groups with 180 vld's at 2800 fps. I'm a bit concerned the lower velocity won't expand sufficiently at extended ranges on elk/mule deer. (I've killed a lot of game with 168's from other rifles)

    Any experience with expansion of 7mm 180vld's at ~2800fps on game.
     
  2. Varmint Hunter

    Varmint Hunter Well-Known Member

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    It would appear that all Berger VLD's need an impact velocity of about 1,800 ft/sec to ensure reliable expansion. Some expansion takes place at lower velocities but it may be highly reliant on the impact surface.

    Muzzle velocity is largely irrelevant.
     

  3. Jordan Smith

    Jordan Smith Well-Known Member

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    Yup, just compare your trued-up dope on a ballistic program, and find out where the bullet goes under 1800 fps. That would be the approximate range limit.
     
  4. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

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    Ive got the 180 VLD good to 900 yards with an impact velocity requirment of 1800 fps. Thats just a quick check on JBM though.
     
  5. Jordan Smith

    Jordan Smith Well-Known Member

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    Plus or minus a little for different atmospheric conditions. Where I do my shooting, JBM says the bullet will stay above 1800fps until 970 yards.
     
  6. distantfoe

    distantfoe Well-Known Member

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    I didn't realize Berger posted minimum impact velocities. That helps me tremendously.

    Many Thanks!
     
  7. Jackal11

    Jackal11 Well-Known Member

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    I use the 180 gr Berger in my 7mm and have not had any issues on game at any of the distances that I shoot at. My velocities are good here is my load

    64.6 4831 sc
    Remington Brass
    Fed 210 primer
    180 gr Berger VLD

    Good shooting
     
  8. Thomas1226

    Thomas1226 Member

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    I have a 7mm rem mag, I shoot elk,deer hogs to 350#'s(out to 600yds). I shoot Barnes 145Gr LRX bullets/68 grs-H4831 @ 3150fps it is laser accurate and so far everything has droped dead right there.