Published On: August 19th, 2020Categories: Berger, Shooting Competitions

Mesa, AZ – Competitors loading Berger Bullets won both the Light and Heavy divisions and claimed the top 3 places overall during the inaugural Hornady Precision Hunter Steel Challenge.

Congratulations to Rusty Ulmer for winning the Light Division with Berger 6.5mm 140 Grain VLD’s in his Creedmoor chambered Impact action with Proof carbon barrel.

Brian Black took top honors in the Hunter Heavy Division and 1st place overall for the match. Brian shot Berger 6.5mm 140 Grain Hybrid’s loaded in a 6.5×47 Lapua. Brian used a Lone Peak Arms Fuzion action with Benchmark barrel and XLR Element chassis. Brian stated, “I was short on time to prepare for the match, so I selected a load that has always performed with incredible precision using Berger 140 Grain Hybrids.” Congratulations Brian!

Top competitor results were as follows:

1st Place Light Division   – Rusty Ulmer, Berger 6.5mm 140 Grain VLDs

1st Place Hvy Division     – Brian Black, Berger 6.5mm 140 Grain Hybrids

1st Place Overall               – Brian Black, Berger 6.5mm 140 Grain Hybrids

2nd Place Overall              – Serge Ducourneau, Berger 6.5mm 144 Grain LRHTs

3rd Place Overall               – Eric Andersen, Berger 6.5mm 140 Grain Hybrids

The inaugural Hornady Precision Hunter Steel Challenge was held August 8-9th at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in De Beque, Colorado. The match tested each of the 130+ competitor’s entire skillset as a hunter with various gear weight restrictions, a minimum power factor (Bullet Grain Weight x Muzzle Velocity), blind stages, etc., all while on the clock carrying their gear through the entire course and engaging targets from 300 to 1,000 yards.

Learn more about “Why Consistency Wins”, Ballistic Coefficients (BC’s), and BC effects on accuracy and precision at Berger’s featuring bi-weekly articles and content from Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz.

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