I've been shooting Berger 168 grain VLD .308 bullets for about a year now. I find them highly accurate out of my gun (legitimate .5 MOA), and until this weekend, one shot killers. Last year, I high shoulder shot a nice buck with them at 270 yards, and he crumpled on the spot. This Friday, I high shoulder shot a mature doe with them at 147 yards, same story. This Saturday evening, I high shoulder shot a HUGE 10 point buck at under 40 yards, expecting him to drop on the spot. He hunched up in reaction to the shot, but ran off about 150 yards before bedding down. I waited about 10-15 minutes, figuring he should be dead by now. When I climbed down out of my stand and started blood tracking him, he jumped up and ran off. I immediately stopped tracking and backed out to the woods to let him lay overnight. The next morning, two excellent trackers and I tracked him for OVER A MILE!! We found three places where he lay down, with pools of blood about the diameter of a pie plate. In one of the beds, we found the large pool of chest blood, as well as blood obviously coming out of his mouth. The bloodtrail finally petered out near a large swamp, and we gave up after five hard hours of bloodtrailing.
The shot was perfect- right where I aimed in the high shoulder. I am a Distinguished Rifleman, ranked High Master in NRA High Power, and have shot competively since 1970. The only thing I can figure is the bullet blew right through the shoulder with minimal expansion and shocking power. I welcome any comments, but I must admit I'm tempted to go back to good old Sierra 165 grain GameKings. I've never lost a single animal with Sierras that was properly hit.
Bud, I loaded the VLD Hunting bullets this year. Of 5 animals shot, I had 2 failures. One was on a huge WT buck, I shot at 150 yards. Yesterday was 6 weeks later, and I get a picture of the buck on a trail came. The buck has lost 40 lbs, and sports a wound on the exit side of his rib cage, that indicates that both lungs should have been destroyed. There was a rise in the land between the buck and me, and while in the prone position, I could not see the neck or the heart, to shoot it. I put the bullet through the lungs, as he was exiting the area, and spent the rest of the day, trying to find him. The other failure was on a sow at 110 yards. Bullet hit dead on, where the crosshairs were trained. Half way between the eye and ear, and 1" down. The bullet did not penetrate the skull, but deflected down and exited where the neck and shoulder meet. The hog hit the ground, laid for a couple minutes, then got up and ran off. I had to get my dog to find it. The bullets performed well on 2 other hogs and a cow horn spike, but 2 failures out of 5, is good enough for me to quit them. I never lost any game with the Game Kings or the Ballistic tips. I spent too much money on the Berger bullets and their book.