I was thinking the samething, Tang. With a short 16" barrel a faster "rate-of-twist" would be necessary for good bullet stability with Bergers Bullets for the 6.5 m/m.With the Bergers in 6.5, they reccomend 1 in 8 at a minimum. It's because of the length caused by the secant ogive.
Odd. I was 5-for-5 this past year with three shots around the 25yd range using 140gr CoreLokt with my .260 and none ran over ~10yds. All five were pass-through with what looked to be great terminal performance. I posted my experiences up in the hunting forum. TBH, though, from 120gr up to 160gr (if you load that heavy) should be fantastic on whitetails with the .260 (or 6.5x55SE). I think it'd be more difficult to find a bad combo than a good combomy wife also had under expansion problem with 140 gr corelokt. she lost a deer last year no blood on a perfect,broadside (videotaped) 25 yard shot.
following morning found me at the local shop buying 120 gr, ballistic tip. she shot 2 deers with these. both DRT.
I don't blame you, I generally feel the same way about using traditionally target bullets, but I try to keep an open mind. Though Barsness did say they were quick kills on deer, he also stated he would not use them on anything larger then deer.I stand corrected: It appears Berger has found a way to make a high BC bullet that will open up well on game. The reports I've read on the VLD series is that they are for target use and their performance on actual game animals is not consistent. Maybe it's the old codger in me, but without SOME kind of mechanism to begin expansion, as well as some means to control it, I have no confidence in such a projectile to reliably harvest game.
I have been wrong before and will undoubtedly be wrong again. In this case, I know what works and, at reasonable distances, there are known quantities available to meet the need. To each their own.