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Custom Ruger Compact in 260 Rem

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I will post when it gets here and I have it set up,
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I like the Ruger Compacts and glad to see you put a barrel on it, I sure didn't like the idea of a 16.5" barrel that comes on them.

broom_jm, I've never used the Bergers but apparently their design allows them to penetrate 2-3 inches before expanding violently. John Barsness described them as the quickest kills he's ever seen on deer. A few years ago, Handloader ran an article on them including shooting the bullet tube with them where you can see how they penetrate a few inches then violently expand:

On the left is a Partition the right two are Bergers:

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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.
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.
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