I shoot a .260 rem for deer hunting for the most part. I shoot only handloaded 140gr Berger VLD's through it for hunting.
they make two versions, a hunting and a target. the weight the same, fly the same and have same POI.
I tested them both in a ballistic buffalo. the hunting version expanded nicely and left a nice wound channel.
the Target version did not expand, but in every test it tumbled and the tip broke off.
sometimes the tumbling made a nice wound channel, sometimes it didnt. in one instance it made one tumble and turned
90 degrees and passed out the side of the ballistic buffalo after about 8 inches.
sure the target one will prolly inflict damage, but the actions of the hunting version are much more consistent.
I wouldn't use a non-expanding bullet for deer hunting. if you want to use a match bullet, I would highly recommend the
Berger line (they make non-VLD versions if your gun cant handle them)
VERY accurate and great on game. I took two deer this last season, both large MN does.
first one was at 285 yards, tipped right over and didn't move.
second one was at 480 yards, she made it all of 20 feet.
this one was recovered from a doe shot head on at around 400 yards two years ago