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200.20X – The Perfect Bullet for F-TR

New 200.20X Hybrid (left) and original 200 grain Hybrid (right). Competition drives innovation; and in the world of long range rifle shooting, the competition is tight! In recent years, the discipline of F-TR rifle shooting has evolved from its roots in Palma/Fullbore; moving from lightweight, 155 grain class bullets up to the heavy 215’s and everywhere in between. Even with the cartridge limitations in F-TR, shooters will still look for a performance advantage in other areas, such as bullet selection. In recent years, many of the top F-TR shooters and teams have gravitated toward the 200 grain class of bullet. This weight class [...]

Introducing: The Berger 270 caliber 170 grain EOL Elite Hunter

Berger’s latest addition to the hunting line is another design inspired by Extreme Outer Limits (EOL); the 270 caliber 170 grain EOL Elite Hunter. This bullet is designed for maximum external and terminal ballistic performance in 270 caliber rifles that  have twist rates faster than the traditional 1:10”. Nearly all rifles chambered for 270 caliber are fitted with 1:10” twist barrels.  This relatively slow twist limits the length, weight and BC of bullets that can be stabilized.  Typically, the heaviest 270 bullets are around 150 grains because that is all that can be stabilized in a 1:10” twist. However, if a faster twist barrel is [...]

The State of the Art in Rifle Bullet Stability

Overview The modern rifle is named for the spiral grooves cut in the barrel which impart a spin to the bullet. Spinning imparts gyroscopic stability, which is what keeps the bullet flying point forward. Longer bullets need to spin faster than shorter bullets to achieve stability. For many years, the relative proportions of bullets haven’t changed much, and so the twist rate of riflings has sort of stagnated around standard values. However in recent times, technology is advancing to the point where higher performance (longer) bullets can be made with greater precision, and so the thoughtful consideration of twist rate and stability is becoming important. [...]

Introducing the New 6.5mm 130gr AR Hybrid OTM Tactical Bullet!

We are thrilled to announce that our recent tests were successful and our new 6.5mm 130gr AR Hybrid OTM Tactical bullet will soon be released to the public. For the past few years the Berger Bullets team has had to put all new product projects on hold due to overwhelming demand for our existing product lines exceeding our production capacity. The 6.5mm 130gr Match AR Hybrid OTM Tactical bullet was one such project. Tooling was made for this new design just before the industry surge took place in late 2012. Finally, thanks to new machinery coming online and the industry surge beginning to calm down, [...]

Bryan Litz’s New Book – Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting

I've recently finished a new book titled: “Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting”. This is actually the first book in a series which is planned to document the ongoing R&D taking place in my ballistic testing laboratory. The series covers specific tests and projects designed to answer the important questions being asked by modern long range shooters. In the first volume, we take a close look at twist rate effects and stability. Ever wonder how much twist rate affects your muzzle velocity? How much stability affects BC from the muzzle and far down range? How do you measure spin rate decay, and which rifling profiles [...]

Sling Shooter Tries F-TR

I felt very prepared and confident with the rifle John Pierce built for me going into this match. By Bryan Litz, Chief Ballistician I’ve been coaching the Michigan F-TR team for a while and finally decided to participate in the competition. F-TR is more rifle-centric than Palma, meaning the precision demands are greater due to the smaller scoring rings. After seeing Eric Stecker’s results with his Pierce rifle at the 2014 Berger Southwest Nationals, I asked my good friend and Michigan team-mate John Pierce to “build me one like Eric’s.” This is the same basic set up as John’s own F-TR rifle as [...]

Remington-Bushmaster 2012 Long Range Regional

The Remington-Bushmaster 2012 Long Range Regional Championship was held at Reade Range in Fallen Timbers, Pennsylvania on June 1, 2, and 3. We had a great turn out of over 60 shooters. Half of these shooters showed up on Friday to participate in the practice and team match. The weather had other plans for the shooters though, and the second half of the team match was rained out. Saturday started off sunny, but cool and windy, with 62 shooters registering in Sling(43), F-TR(7) and F-Open(12). Pit service was provided by the Boy Scout Troops of the area, and had a bit of a [...]

Update Regarding the .338 Hybrids

As expected, the release of the new 300 grain .338 Hybrid bullets has made quite a splash. The purpose of this bulletin is to share some facts that have been learned about this bullet since its release. There are two major facts that I’ll elaborate on. 1) The BC of the bullet is being revised, and 2) The bullet has limitations regarding its structural integrity. Revised BC Assessment For unknown reasons, the original BC test produced results that were not repeatable for this bullet. Upon releasing these bullets to the public, we started to hear that trajectories predicted with the advertised BC's were not matching [...]

Change to 6mm 105 grain VLD Target bullet

Overview In our continuing effort to provide shooters with the best possible bullets and information, this article will address a recent change made to one of our most popular bullets: the 6mm 105 grain VLD Target bullet. Note that this change applies to the 6mm 105 grain VLD Target bullet only, not the VLD Hunting bullet. Making bullets is all about consistency. Precision depends on it, shooters demand it. Occasionally there are reasons to change something in the bullet making process which results in new bullets being different than the old. We feel it is our obligation to communicate when these changes are made, the [...]

Hitting Targets at Long Range

A look at accuracy and precision If you’re a long range hunter (varmints to big game) or tactical shooter, or just anyone interested in hitting small targets at long range with one or few rifle shots, this message is for you. If you’re a long range prone, F-class, or Benchrest shooter, this may still be interesting for you but not as relevant given that these disciplines allow sighter shots before a record string is fired. Far too often I hear of shooters agonizing over improving the precision of their hunting rifle from 1.0 MOA groups to .5 MOA groups, or from .5 MOA groups to [...]