The suitability of Berger’s bullets for hunting took longer than expected. Designing Match VLD bullets that perform properly at modern centrefire rifle velocities over a variety of ranges and impact velocities proved a challenging task, but worth the wait.
Parabellum Imports is distributing Berger bullets which have long been recognized as being the world’s most accurate production bullets. For decades they’ve been the top choice of not only dedicated benchrest shooters and serious long range varmint hunters, but also for target competition. Recently Berger expanded into the field of hunting bullets with a design concept that is strikingly different.
The majority of premium hunting bullets on the market feature controlled expansion and are strongly structured to have reliable expansion coupled with high weight retention and give deeper penetration on the most massive game animals. They’re guaranteed to penetrate thick hide and drive deep inside solidly muscled, stout-boned game animals before making exit and leaving an easy- to-follow blood trail.
Berger’s philosophy agrees with another school of thought that wants hunting bullets to remain inside the animal in the belief that they’ll expend all their energy there. While it’s been proven quite conclusively that a bullet which exits retains only a miiscule amount of energy, there’s little argument that a bullet which fragmentates inside the animal destroys a lot more tissue.
Berger’s modified Match VLD bullets for hunting are claimed to: use their streamlined noses to penetrate 50 to 76mm into the game’s body through the initial tissue and bone before starting to expand rapidly. They shed 40 to 80 percent of their weight and the disintegrating bullet throws off a shower of lethal fragments that causes a tremendous amount of internal (vital organ) damage,