| huff143 wrote:|
I've been loading 140gr Gamekings in my 270 WSM with good success. However, like many of us I'm always looking to do better. I know that Berger is making VLD's in .277 now (even though my supplier doesn't have them yet!) and was wondering if anybody had experience/info with these in a short mag.
Things like best powder choices (to keep from buying a dozen different kinds of powder), charge weights, primer choice, etc would be a big help. I heard they'll be coming out with a manual in the Spring, but I'd like to get a leg up on it.
btw, I'll probably go with the 150 grain bullets and hope they fit in the detachable mag in my Tikka!
...............When I called Berger last week and talked with them, I was concerned about the COAL and how it relates to my magazine`s length. I shoot a 300 WSM w/o the detachable magazine.
For hunting, I`m interested in trying the VLD "hunting" bullets. But I also wish to be able to cycle the bolt effectively for hunting.
Even though in most cases, the best accuracy will come by seating bullets to the lands or 5/1000ths into the lands, according to Berger, the recomended max distance from the lands is 15/1000ths, then working closer until the bullets are 5/1000ths into the lands. Somewhere between that 20/1000ths variable, will come the best sweet spot or most the accurate loading depending on the rifle.
For your Tikka, the question will be your magazine`s length vs how close to the lands you can go with the Berger bullets and achieve the best accuracy. If your magazine`s length will not allow you to at least get to within 15/1000ths of the lands, accuracy may be an issue with the Bergers.
As far as powders are concerned, I`m still waiting on some of that new Rel 17, which is suppose to offer the best velocity for the short mags while maintaining very good accuracy.