Making it Shoot

Home/Making it Shoot

7mm 195gr EOL Elite Hunter Now Available!

We are thrilled to announce that our recent tests were successful, and our new 7mm 195gr EOL Elite Hunter is now available! This bullet was inspired by Bob Beck, host of Extreme Outer Limits. Bob is building some exciting rifles with the capability of shooting these extremely aggressive bullets. Bryan Litz accepted the challenge of designing this bullet to not only have the highest ballistic performance of any 7mm bullet but also to overcome the difficulties in shooting heavier than standard weights. Bryan’s Hybrid nose design for these bullets is purpose built to exceed all others in BC and be easy to tune in many [...]

7mm 195gr EOL Elite Hunter Testing

We are excited to announce that the new Berger 7mm 195gr Match Grade Extreme Outer Limits (EOL) Elite Hunter is now in the public testing stage. This bullet was inspired by Bob Beck, host of EOL, and designed by Bryan Litz. Bob and EOL are building rifles that are capable of shooting extremely aggressive bullets, so Bryan and Berger Bullets have risen to the challenge of producing such a bullet. The 195gr EOL bullet has the highest ballistic performance of any 7mm bullet currently in existence, and is truly the first of its kind for a number of reasons. The first thing to note about [...]

Effects of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) and Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 2

Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) The first half of this article focused on the importance of COAL in terms of SAAMI standards, magazine lengths, etc.  There is another measure of length for loaded ammunition which is highly important to precision. Figure 2. Chamber throat geometry showing the bullet jump to the rifling or lands. Refer back to Figure 2.  Suppose the bullet was seated out of the case to the point where the base of the bullet's nose (ogive) just contacted the beginning of the riflings (the lands) when the bolt was closed.  This bullet seating configuration is referred to as touching the [...]

Effects of Cartridge Over All Length (COAL) and Cartridge Base To Ogive (CBTO) – Part 1

Many shooters are not aware of the dramatic effects that bullet seating depth can have on the pressure and velocity generated by a rifle cartridge.  COAL is also a variable that can be used to fine tune accuracy.  It's also an important consideration for rifles that need to feed rounds thru a magazine.  In this article, we'll explore the various effects of COAL, and what choices a shooter can make to maximize the effectiveness of their hand loads. Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) Most loading manuals (including the Berger Manual), present loading data according to SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute) standards.  [...]

“Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting” by Bryan Litz

Bryan Litz, Berger Bullets' Chief Ballistician, is proud to announce his latest offering to the long range shooting community. In his second book, Bryan helps shooters understand some of the theories behind practical shooting and discusses techniques to improve hit percentages. He says, "Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting is written in the same layman's terms as Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting. The book focuses on defining the elements of accuracy and precision in a systematic way, and exploring their independent affects on hit percentage. The material is intended to help shooters make more informed decisions about their equipment and training. Ultimately, the [...]

New Colors for Bullet Boxes

Update: This article is now outdated. Our boxes are yellow and the label will have a different color highlighting the product line. Yellow for Target, Orange for Hunting or Varmint, and Grey for Tactical. When Berger first started selling bullets, we sold Target bullets in yellow boxes. Over the years, our line has expanded to include Varmint, Hunting, and Tactical bullets. These application-based lines are designed to help shooters more easily find the right bullets for their purposes. In an effort to make this process even more straightforward, we have added two additional box colors to our line. Each bullet line now has [...]

338 cal 250 gr Hybrid OTM Tactical Bullet

We are excited to announce the release of the 338 cal 250 grain Hybrid OTM Tactical bullet. This is the latest addition to our line of Tactical bullets. Our Tactical bullets bridge the gap between functionality and the highest possible ballistic performance. Each bullet is designed by Bryan Litz for use in specific cartridges. These bullets are designed to function accurately in the rifle’s magazines, while still maintaining their superior ballistic performance. These bullets are also made with thicker jackets, allowing them to perform reliably under the most abusive conditions found in tactical competition, tactical situations and in combat. While some of the Tactical bullets [...]

Berger Hybrid Bullets – From Design to Reality

One of the exciting challenges of rifle shooting is keeping up with new products and technologies. Shooters are constantly looking for ways to get greater accuracy and precision from their equipment. Rifle bullets in particular have come a long way – from musket balls to copper jacketed bullets that are capable of shooting groups under 3” at 1000 yards. The introduction of the VLD bullet design in the late 80s was a significant improvement to modern bullets. (click HERE for a history of the VLD bullet). VLD bullets are extremely efficient in the wind and have very high BCs, but they [...]

Redding’s NEW Bullet Seating Micrometer Plugs for Berger VLD Bullets

I am excited to announce that in Redding’s 2011 Product Catalog, they have listed as one of their latest products a line of Bullet Seating Micrometers, which includes plugs made specifically for the Berger VLDs. These Seating Micrometers can be used in their dies, which are ½-20 thread (which I believe they use in all of their standard bullet seating dies). These items are a component (or part) of the bullet seating die. These are not the dies themselves. It is the top portion of the die that contains the plunger, which pushes the bullet into the case. The shooters will know which [...]

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 [...]