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Berger 140 gr. match hunting bullets

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by gamestalker, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. gamestalker

    gamestalker member

    Sep 10, 2008
    SW Arizona
    I noticed for the first time today that Berger makes a .284 140 gr. match hunting bullet. Is this a new bullet of their's, or have I just not noticed it before? Also, has anyone ever used these for hunting, and if so how do they perform on mule deer sized game?

    I just got squared away for this hunting season, but I still have time to work up another load if those 140's are worth the effort.
  2. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Senior Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    I've used their 115gr "Hunting" VLD on white-tail deer from a .257Robt and a .257wby.
    Accuracy was equal to, but no better than the Sierra 117-120gr bullets. (Very good, though!).

    They performed as "advertised". The "Hunting" VLD's have a thinner jacket than the "target" series. They penetrate ~3" and then destabilize and break up. I got utter devastation in the chest cavities with small fragments of bullet and jacket and an exit wound where the base/core of the bullet exited leaving a 1.5-3" exit wound.

    I would expect to see similar performance from the 140gr .284" bullet. I also have seen simular performace from the Nosler Partitions from the 7mm08 with the 140gr Partitons. They (the Noslers) dissapointed me in the penetration. In fact, the only 7mm bullets I've ever recovered from deer have been the Nosler 140's.....
  3. redbullitt

    redbullitt Active Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    Morgantown WV
    I use the 175 hunting vld and get similar results. Very accurate for me and works very well on game.

    I imagine those would work just as well!

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