130 VLD target vs 130 VLD hunting

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by peashooter, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. peashooter

    peashooter Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone seen a significant ballistic difference between the target and hunting bullets from Berger. I am shooting a 130 gr. from a 260 Rem. The target version does not open on groundhogs. I was wondering if switching to the 130 VLD hunting would remedy this.
     
  2. MudRunner2005

    MudRunner2005 Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it will help....The Target VLD's have a thicker jacket than the Hunting versions.
     
  3. Nomosendero

    Nomosendero Well-Known Member

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    Most folks say the Target jacket is thicker & Berger says it, which should be the final authority on the matter.
    One foreign site says that's not the case, but I don't know why they insist that.

    I would sure like to hear your results if you shoot some with the hunting bullet!
     
  4. Nimrodmar10

    Nimrodmar10 Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure you're going to get any expansion, even with the Hunting VLD, on a groundhog. Too much bullet, to little hollow point and too little meat. It will still kill them, but you probably won't see any expansion. If you want blown up groundhog, either lower your bullet weight or shoot a different point. If you're just shooting them for practice with your big game hunting load, shoot them end-to-end or just don't worry about it.
     
  5. peashooter

    peashooter Well-Known Member

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    I used the target VLD because it is all I could find at the time. I understand the target has a heavier jacket, but I was expecting a little expansion from the Bergers. I will continue to use my 243 win shooting 75 gr. vmax as my go to whistlepig rifle.