Team Vihtavuori’s Evil Roy Wins Cowyboy Action and Wild Bunch Nationals

Vihtavuori's Evil Roy

Team Vihtavouri member, Evil Roy (Gene Pearcy), recently brought home two national titles from the 2020 Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting in Phoenix, AZ.

The Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting was hosted by the Arizona Territorial Company of Rough Riders at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ, February 24 – March 1. Over 1,000 competitors from around the world competed at the Winter Range, which features period militaria, exhibits Old West skills and crafts, and fast-draw competitions.

Evil Roy competed in both Cowboy Action and Wild Bunch competitions.  Roy took first place and the national title in “Cowboy Action – Cattle Baron” with a score of 302.98.  He also placed first and the national title in the “Wild Bunch” with a score of 3726.68.

“As always, I was shooting N320 in my .38 cowboy loads, .45 ACP, and .45 LC in the Wild Bunch competition,” stated Evil Roy. “Winning national titles in both events brings my World/National Championships to a total of 44.”

Making the Winter Range SASS National Championship even sweeter was Evil Roy shooting alongside his granddaughter, Holy Terror (Randi Rogers). Holy Terror was top woman overall in both Cowboy Action and Wild Bunch.  Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, Terror also knows Vihtavouri’s N320 will get her to the winner’s podium.

About Vihtavuori
Vihtavuori is world renowned for producing the cleanest burning and temperature stable smokeless powders with unprecedented lot-to-lot consistency. Vihtavuori is a part of the Capstone Precision Group, exclusive U.S. distributor for Berger, Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK-Rimfire products. For more information, visit Vihtavuori.com.

Team Berger’s John Mullins Wins the Arizona State Lever Action Rifle Silhouette Championship

John Mullins at the AZ Lever Action Championships

Team Berger shooter, John Mullins, swept all three divisions and won the 2020 Arizona State Lever Action Rifle Silhouette Championship. Mullins scored a 71/80 placing him first in Lever Action Rifle (LAR), 74/80 in Pistol Cartridge LAR for first place, and 72/80 in Smallbore Cowboy Rifle to complete the sweep.

The Arizona State Lever Action Rifle Silhouette Championship was held at the Ben Avery Shooting Complex in Phoenix, AZ from February 6-9th.  All LAR shooting is done from the offhand position with open sights. Steel targets are engaged at distances of 40-50-75 and 100 yards for score. The Smallbore Cowboy Rifle division is any lever action, pump, or semi-auto .22LR. The pistol cartridge category uses common calibers such as the .22 Mag, 25-20, 32-20, 38 Special, 357 Mag, or 44 Mag, while the rifle cartridge category’s common cartridges are 30-30, 38-55 and other bottleneck cartridges.

Mullins stated, “Quality components and ammunition were the biggest factors in winning the Arizona State Championship. Without support from my sponsors, like Berger, I wouldn’t be finding myself in the winner’s circle.”

Mullins will compete next at the Arizona Highpower Rifle Silhouette Championship in April.

Lapua Returns as Title Sponsor of the 2020 Practical Rimfire Challenge

Lapua Precision Rifle Challenge

Lapua, world-renowned for producing the finest rimfire cartridges, is pleased to announce their renewed support of the Practical Rimfire Challenge as the title sponsor.

The Lapua Practical Rimfire Challenge Series (LPRC) is held at the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, WV. The series is an affordable 5-match series leading up to the finale in October.  The LPRC is designed to test the .22LR rifle shooter, ammunition and optics out to 300 yards. While most stages focus on long-range positional shooting skills, shooters will encounter stages set in natural terrain, stages with movement, Olympic stages of fire, Collegiate stages of fire and/or smallbore style stages. Shooters can select from the semi-auto or bolt action division.  All rifles must be chambered in .22LR and can be fitted with magnified optics. All legal, safe, and responsible amateur and professional shooters are welcomed.

Registration for the LRPC is now open and will kick off this March.  Match dates are as follows:

  • Series Match 1 March 21/22
  • Series Match 2 May 25/26
  • Series Match 3 June 22/23
  • Series Match 4 July 27/28
  • Series Finale October 5

“We’re excited to return as the title sponsor of the Practical Rimfire Challenge,” commented Morgan Joy-Twenter, Director of Communications. “Peacemaker does an excellent job of running the series of matches and it’s evident in the growing attendance.”  For more information on the LPRC visit Peacemakernational.com/prc.

Vihtavuori’s Ian Klemm Wins at Berger Southwest Nationals

Ian Klemm at Southwest 2020 Southwest Nationals

Team Vihtavuori member Ian Klemm has medaled in every event at Berger’s Southwest Nationals long range competition. Loading Vihtavuori N150 and Berger’s hot new 30 Caliber 208 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target bullets, Klemm took 3rd Overall in the FTR Mid-Range (600 yards) and Long Range events (800, 900, and 1,000 yards).  Klemm was also a member of Team “USA Independence” in the team events, where they earned high honors in all categories: 1st in team Palma, 1st in the 1,000 yard Team Final and 1st Overall Team Aggregate.

The Berger Southwest Nationals, hosted by the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club, took place February 5-9th at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ with a sold-out roster of 400 competitors. The Southwest Nationals is the “must-attend” event for competitive long-range shooters around the world, featuring F-Open, F-TR, and Sling disciplines. Competitors from over 9 different countries were in attendance.

“The new Berger 208 grain Hybrid Bullet combined with Vihtavuori N150 powder proved to be a consistent winning combination, resulting in a top 3 finish in every event during the 2020 Southwest Nationals,” commented Klemm. Klemm will be competing next at the Sinclair International Fullbore Championship in May at Camp Butner, NC.

Berger Ammunition to load USSOCOM Advanced Sniper Rifle Ammunition

ASR Ammo

Capstone Precision Group, part of the Nammo Commercial Business Area, has been awarded the sub-contract by Ultra Defense Corporation to load the non-standard Advance Sniper Rifle ammunition contract that provides ammunition for the USSOCOM Advanced Sniper Rifle program.

The single-year contract is to load 800,000 rounds of 300 Norma Mag ammunition that will be loaded using Berger .30 caliber, 215 grain Hybrid bullets and Lapua cartridge cases. It also includes 200,000 rounds of 338 Norma Mag that Capstone will load using Lapua cartridge cases and the Lapua .338 caliber, 300 grain AP529 projectiles.

 “Our team has been working on this project for over two years and are all very proud to have been trusted to load this important project,” said Bill Gravatt, Capstone’s President. “It was a total team effort by everyone at Capstone, Ultra Defense and other areas of Nammo. The Berger and Lapua projectiles had already been specified for this program but now we have the honor of loading the ammunition.”

Adam Braverman, Director of Sales, Marketing and Distribution, added, “Winning this contract was strategically very important to us in paving the way towards future long term contracts specializing in advanced ammunition loadings.”

The ammunition will be loaded and tested at Capstone’s facility in Mesa, Arizona.

“Working with Ultra Defense and USSOCOM on this project has been a great experience,” mentioned Dan Thelen, Capstone’s General Manager. “Leveraging the bullet production and commercial ammunition capabilities of Capstone/Berger with the legendary quality of Lapua cases puts us in the unique position to deliver a World Class product to our US warfighters.”

Team Lapua Wins Berger Southwest Nationals, Sets Range Record

Team Lapua 2020

Mesa, AZ – For the third straight year, Team Lapua won the F-Open Grand Aggregate Team Award at the Berger Southwest Nationals (SWN) with a score of 2584-160X (out of a possible 2600).

Team Lapua achieved an additional win and established a new range record in the Palma Team Match with a score of 1791-113 (out of a possible 1800). Lapua team members are Pat Scully, Jay Christopherson, David Christian, and Jeremy Smith, with Bob Sebold and Erik Cortina as Team Captains.

Additionally, team members Jay Christopherson, Pat Scully and Tod Hendricks added individual accomplishments placing first, second and third respectively in the F-Open Grand Aggregate individual awards, adding an exclamation point to Lapua’s dominating results.

The Berger Southwest Nationals, hosted by the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club, took place February 5-9th at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ with a sold-out roster of 400 competitors. The Southwest Nationals is the “must-attend” event for competitive long-range shooters around the world, featuring F-Open, FTR, and Sling disciplines. Competitors from over 9 different countries were in attendance. The Grand Aggregate is the total score from firing points of 600, 800, 900, and 1,000 yards.

“I am very proud of the team,” stated, Team Captain, Erik Cortina, “From setting a new range record to placing first in the F-Open Grand Aggregate, our success is directly attributed to Lapua’s premium components.”

About Lapua

Lapua produces the highest quality small caliber cartridges and components for civilian and professional use. Lapua is a part of the Capstone Precision Group, exclusive U.S. distributor for Berger, Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK-Rimfire products. For more information, visit Lapua.com.

Berger Announces NEW 6mm 109 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ Bullets

Mesa, AZ – The new 6mm 109 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ Bullets provide competitive PRS shooters and long range accuracy enthusiasts a level of precision and consistency unmatched by all other bullet manufacturers. Utilizing advanced and proprietary manufacturing processes, Berger’s innovative Meplat Reduction Technology™ (MRT™) System applies controlled pressure along the projectile nose, producing a homogeneous and repeatable bullet profile for the industry’s most consistent Ballistic Coefficients (BC).

The 6mm 109 Grain LRHT boasts a high BC, jump-tolerant hybrid ogive profile that is Doppler Radar verified with less than 1% BC variation. A high BC is desirable for competitive shooting, however, shot-to-shot consistency is most critical when engaging targets to 600 yards and beyond. The 109’s are tailored to cartridges such as 6mm Creedmoor, 6mm BR, Dasher, 6XC, 6BRX, and 6×47 among others. It offers the same stability factor as the industry-leading 105gr Hybrid Target and is a direct replacement for 1:8” twist barrels.

New 6mm 109 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target Bullet

The 6mm 109’s offer several advantages,” said Bryan Litz, Berger’s Chief Ballistician. “Its ultra-sleek profile provides a higher Ballistic Coefficient (BC) resulting in less wind drift at all ranges. Using the proprietary MRT technology also results in a higher and more consistent BC which is important for reducing dispersion at long range.”

The Berger 6mm 109 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ Bullets are available at authorized Berger Retailers and at Bergerbullets.com/dealer-map. Use our Dealer Locator to find a store near you.

New! Berger 22 Caliber 85.5 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ Bullets

Berger’s new 22 caliber 85.5 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ Bullets feature an improved center of gravity and ballistic coefficient. Utilizing advanced and proprietary manufacturing processes, Berger’s innovative Meplat Reduction Technology™ (MRT™) System applies controlled pressure along the projectile nose, producing a homogeneous and repeatable bullet profile for the industry’s most consistent Ballistic Coefficients (“BC”). While a high BC is desirable to competitive shooters, shot-to-shot BC consistency is critical when engaging targets to 1,000 yards and beyond.

Easy to load and shoot with a jump-tolerant hybrid ogive design, the Long Range Hybrid Target™ Bullets are tailored to cartridges such as the .224 Valkyrie, 22-250 Remington, and the 22 Creedmoor among others, and remains supersonic to over 1,000 yards – including .223/5.56 chambered Service Rifles and Target Rifles with 1:7” twist barrels!

“Berger’s new Long Range Hybrid has several advantages over today’s large caliber standard,” said Bryan Litz, Berger’s Chief Ballistician. “Its ultra-sleek profile provides the most consistent ballistic coefficient in the industry, less wind drift for increased precision, and significantly reduced recoil to minimize shooter fatigue. The .22 caliber has finally earned respect within long range shooting disciplines.”

The Berger 22 Caliber 85.5 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ Bullets are available at authorized Berger Retailers and at Bergerbullets.com/dealer-map. Use our Dealer Locator to find a store near you.

Lapua East Rimfire Test Center Manager Announced

Luke Johnson at Ridgeway

Capstone Precision Group, the importer and distributor of top quality Lapua and SK rimfire ammunition, proudly announces the appointment of Luke Johnson as manager of the new Rimfire Test Center housed at the Cardinal Shooting Range near Columbus, OH.

Johnson, a native of Marysville, PA, brings a long background of competitive shooting and hunting to Capstone. Johnson is a graduate of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. While pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree, Luke was a four year letterman for the University’s D1 Rifle Team. In addition to his 3P/Prone shooting pedigree, Luke is a High Master rifle silhouette competitor. Highlights of his competitive background include:

NCAA – CRCA All-American
Patriot Conference – All-Conference
USA Junior National Champion (50 meter rifle)
NRA Smallbore Rifle Silhouette Champion

“We’re very fortunate to have Luke join the Capstone family in this very important role. We’ve watched Luke for many years in his competitive shooting, and while that was a key in his selection to this position, his people skills are even greater. His outgoing personality and eagerness to help others excel are exactly the qualities we sought in filling this new position,” stated Adam Braverman, CPG Director of Sales & Marketing.

“I am excited to join the Capstone Precision group at the new Lapua testing center in Ohio. I have trusted Lapua for many years in my own competitive experiences and look forward to helping others improve their performance and confidence. The new test center will open up more opportunities for competitors to use Lapua ammunition,” commented Luke Johnson.

Patterned after the world-renowned Lapua Test Center in Germany, both the Cardinal and existing location in Mesa, AZ give shooters the opportunity to test not only various types, but also different lots of Lapua ammunition, in their firearms, under tightly controlled conditions. At the heart of each operation is the 100 meter test range. Fully instrumented, with state of the art Meyton/Bollman electronic targeting systems, the centers offer the unique ability to test ammunition at both 50 and 100 meters, simultaneously with a single string.

For more information on the Lapua Rimfire Test Centers, or to schedule an appointment, please visit https://www.capstonepg.com/rsc/ or call 480-898-2731.

New 200-Yard World Record Set Using Vihtavuori Powder

Jack Neary Sets New 200 Yard Benchrest Record

Jack Neary of Team USA shot a new 200-yard World Record for smallest 5-shot group, measuring .110”. Neary’s confirmed world record was set using Vihtavuori N133 powder, hand loaded with the 6mm PPC cartridge during the World Benchrest Championships this past week in Calgary, Canada.

The World Benchrest Championships are held every two years and attract competitors from over 30 countries, testing their skills at 100-yard and 200-yard distances. Neary established his world record in the Light Varmint rifle class (10.5-lb max rifle weight) and then went on to help Team USA secure the Gold Medal in the 4-man team event.

Jack stated, “Vihtavuori’s temperature stability and cleaning burning attributes have been instrumental for competitors to achieve world record accuracy in the furthest corners of the world. I humbly congratulate Vihtavuori as being the real winner here.”

Vihtavuori powder was used by nearly every competitor (over 90%) during the World Benchrest Championships and continues to dominate both benchrest and Extreme Long Range competitive rifle shooting disciplines. Load Vihtavuori Propellants in all of your firearms and experience the Power of Accuracy.