I’ve loaded and used Berger VLDs in several different calibers for many years. Hunting VLDs were designed to enter an animal 2 to 3 inches then rapidly expand causing massive external damage. They have became very popular with western long range big game hunters over the years because of there terminal performance on elk. Here’s my take on them.
They are the most accurate bullet I have ever shot. I’ve had rifles that I could not get to shoot tight groups with a dozen different projectiles, but a sub MOA load was pretty easy to get with VLDs.
Myself and several of my buddy’s have been using VLDs fo a long time to hunt with. We have shot elk, moose, caribou, whitetails, hogs and black bear with great results. That being said, I have also seen them not perform so well on NC sized deer. VLDs have to hit something fairly dense at a high velocity for them to start the expansion process, and they perform better out of magnum calibers. If you’re going to shoot a broadside whitetail with them, aim for a high shoulder shot, the deer will hit the ground and not even twitch. If you put it behind the shoulder, you may have a small entrance and exit with very little blood trail.