I cannot even begin to tell you how much this post has helped me. I have been searching this for months on end. I found this on another forum and almost joined just to say thank you :-) this has literally wrapped up months of searching for myself. Hope this helps you as much as it helped me.
"Welcome to the search for the Holy Grail - the ultimate long range bullet which has a high BC, very forgiving tolerance with seating depth and has great terminal performance at lower velocities. *This bullet doesn't exist - at least not right now. *So LR hunters are faced with a trade off. *Bergers tend to have high BC's with great terminal hperformance. *However, the terminal performance is not always consistent and they can be finicky when reloading. *Nosler Partitions and the Barnes TSX (and TTSX) have great consistency in terminal performance, but their BC's leave something to be desired. *And not all rifles like the all copper Barnes bullets.
On one hand, great terminal performance is meaningless if you miss the target. *On the other hand, it can be disaster if your bullet hits the target, but then fails to perform. *The Nosler Accubond seems to be a good compromise of both terminal performance and BC. *The jury is still out on the LR Accubond. *Berger hunting VLD's are highly favored, but sometimes fail to open up - even at higher velocities. *Pick the best premium bullet that shoots/groups well in your rifle and learn to live with the trade-offs that come with it.