Looking for advise on what bullet to use

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by cmorsch, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. cmorsch

    cmorsch Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    I currently shoot a 26" barrel 30-06, and am looking at using a different bullet then what Im currently shooting. Right now I shoot a 200gr Accubond, but I don't like its performance down range. Im looking at trying one of the Berger VLD's in 185,190, or 210 grains. Which of those would you guys suggest using? If it helps I have shot the 208 Amax at 2678fps out of this gun before. Thanks.
     
  2. Centxshooter

    Centxshooter Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    273
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    I have too switched loads and went with 51gr Varget shooting 168 Berger VLD hunting bullets and had great results with accuracy and down range punch. Took two buck and 4 hogs with it this season and all were Bang Flop from 98yds to 436 yds.
     

  3. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,636
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    What are you going to hunt and at what distances?

    Is your rifle a 10 twist?

    Jeff
     
  4. cmorsch

    cmorsch Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    Yes my rifle is a 1 in 10 twist. I would like to be able to hunt as far as possible with this rifle since a new one is not in the budget currently. Where I would be shooting the longest distances are when I am elk and mule deer hunting out side of Durango co where 900+ yard shots are possible with the right rifle and load. At home I shoot to 1000 on a regular basis at the range.
     
  5. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,636
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    If you got 2678 fps from the 208's and hunt elk I would be looking at the 215 Hybrids to stretch it out. The short bearing surface just might get some good velocity. They are hard to find right now but some should be surfacing before too long. I would be ordering direct from Berger if I wanted more.

    I really like the way they worked for me best from 2400 down to 1700 for impact velocity. Have not shot anything with them impacting much below 1675 fps.

    Jeff
     
  6. cmorsch

    cmorsch Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    Broz what is the minimum velocity needed at impact for expansion? or is that not something to really worry about at longer distances?
     
  7. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,636
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
  8. MontanaMarine

    MontanaMarine Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    324
    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2001
    Berger 210 VLDs over 60gr RL22 shot very well from my 1/10 30-06. I went to the 208 AMax for pricing, but the 210 is excellent.

    The 215gr Hybrid should work well too, and bank some extra BC.

    I took the 210 way past 1000 yards with great accuracy. I only have results on paper at 100 yards to share, but they give you an idea..


    Here's a couple 3-shot groups,

    [​IMG]



    Here's a postal match, 100 yd 3-shot target,

    [​IMG]
     
  9. cmorsch

    cmorsch Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    71
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2012
    Broz, do you know if anyone makes a sample pack of the 215 hybrids? I know they have them for the 185 and 210 VLD's.
     
  10. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    8,636
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2007
    I do not. But if you buy a box and they don't work for you they will sell in a flash. If not I will buy the left overs.

    Jeff