Team Vihtavuori’s Ian Klemm Wins at F-Class National Championship

Ian Klemm F-Class Nationals 2020

Sedalia, MO – Congratulations to Team Vihtavuori member Ian Klemm on being crowned the 2020 F-TR Long Range National Champion this past weekend.

The F-Class Championship took place October 25th – November 2nd at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ. Hosted by the Desert Sharpshooters Rifle Club, the 2020 Nationals attracted 180 F-TR and F-Open competitors from across the country shooting at distances of 600 yards (Mid-Range) and 1,000 yards (Long Range).

Klemm loads Vihtavuori N150 propellant in a Lapua .308 Winchester (required F-TR cartridge) with Berger 200.20X Hybrid Target bullets. He fired an aggregate score of 1561-56x, besting the closest competitor by six points.

“I didn’t think it could get any better than N140 for long range shooting with a 308, but then I tried N150. It’s, hands-down, the most temperature insensitive powder I’ve ever competed with.  When combined with the Berger 200.20X bullet, N150 is a real advantage for accuracy enthusiasts,” commented Klemm.

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.

New Lapua Brass Cartridge Cases for 2021

New Lapua Cases for 2021

Lapua, world-renowned for producing the finest cartridge cases and ammunition products, announces the addition of 6.5 PRC, 284 Winchester, 300 Winchester Magnum, and 300 PRC cartridge cases to their 2021 product offering.

The new Lapua 6.5 and 300 PRC cartridge cases provide competitive shooters, hunters and accuracy enthusiasts a premium selection for precision hand loads, an option that’s been missing from the market since the PRC’s inception.

The 284 Winchester cartridge has experienced a recent resurgence in F-Class competition, where shooters compete to distances out to 1,000 yards. Members of the US Rifle Team, which Lapua sponsors, will enjoy having cases readily available in this classic cartridge. 

The 300 Winchester Magnum has been a staple within the firearms industry since its development in the early 60’s. It is still used for competitive target shooting, hunting, and Mil/LE platforms to-date. Despite being outperformed by several other 30’s, it remains the top choice in North America for hunting.

“Our new Lapua cartridge case offerings for 2021 display our continued commitment to the precision shooting disciplines which are popular in the USA and globally,” stated Erkki Seikkula, Lapua Sales & Marketing Manager.

Lapua’s newest cartridge cases will be available from your favorite dealer beginning Q2 of 2021. Lapua is exclusively distributed in the USA by Capstone Precision Group. Find a dealer near you by visiting capstonepg.com

About Lapua Cartridge Cases

Serious hand loaders, competitive shooters, and accuracy enthusiasts around the globe recognize Lapua cartridge cases as the gold standard for precision reloading. Their dimensional consistency, quality of materials, manufacturing tolerances, and longevity are unmatched by any other manufacturer. To learn more about Lapua components and ammunition, visit lapua.com

Lapua to Attend the 2020 GA Precision/Bushnell GAP Grind

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Sedalia, MO – Lapua is set to sponsor a side match during the 2020 GA Precision/Bushnell GAP Grind October 2-4th at the K&M Precision Rifle Training Shooting Complex in Finger, TN.

Lapua has teamed up with Vudoo Gun Works to sponsor a unique opportunity for competitive rimfire enthusiasts. Each contestant will have the opportunity to engage challenging, multi-range targets with a state of the art Vudoo Gun Works rifle paired with Lapua Center-X Ammunition.

“Lapua Rimfire Ammunition is excited to partner with Vudoo Gun Works and complement each other’s premium offerings. I think the shooters will be thrilled with the performance of the Lapua Center-X ammunition in the Vudoo rifle.  This event is a great introduction to the ammunition and equipment many will seek out as the PRS Rimfire series kicks off,” stated Adam Braverman, Director of Sales and Marketing.

The GA Precision/Bushnell GAP Grind gathers shooters in two different divisions, professional and amateur, to compete in both individual and team events. Shooters will engage a variety of targets at varying distances with difficulty based on shooters position, distance and time allotment. For more information visit kmprecisionrifletraining.com.

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.

Team Berger Shooter Wins Wisconsin Barrel Maker Classic

Jon Pynch wins Wisconsin Barrel Maker Classic

Mesa, AZ – Team Berger member, Jon Pynch, scored a 185 to secure first place at the second annual Wisconsin Barrel Maker Classic. Pynch shot a 6mm Dasher loaded with Berger 6mm 105 Hybrid Target bullets in Lapua cases.

The Wisconsin Barrel Maker Classic Match is an Armageddon Cup qualifier supported by the Wisconsin Barrel Makers; Bartlein, Krieger, Criterion, Rock Creek, Mullerworks and Brux.  The match was hosted by the Highlands Sportsmen’s Club August 1-2 in Cascade, WI.

Pynch stated, “Consistency is king in this game! The Berger/Lapua combo is a tough combo to top!”

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

About Berger
Berger manufactures precision projectiles and match-grade ammunition for Target, Hunting and Tactical applications in Mesa, AZ. Berger is part of the Capstone Precision Group, exclusive U.S. distributor for Berger, Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK-Rimfire products. For more information, visit Bergerbullets.com.

Berger and Sniper’s Hide partner for “Reloading for Long Range Precision” Podcast

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Mesa, AZ – Berger has teamed up with Sniper’s Hide “The Everyday Sniper”podcast for a detailed debate regarding “Reloading for Long Range”.

“Reloading for Long Range” is a two-episode podcast within Berger’s No BS BC’s – Why Consistency Wins  podcast series targeted for shooters to gain more intimate knowledge of BC consistency, BC effects on precision, using ballistic solvers, hand loading techniques, and more. Join “The Everyday Sniper” podcast host Frank Galli as he talks with Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz and Mil/LE expert Emil Praslick about their trade secrets.

Episode One topics include:

  • Brass Preparation
  • Primers, priming tools and methodology
  • Reloading equipment
  • Dies, Tools, and more!

Episode Two:

  • Humidity’s effect on powder burn rates
  • Ladder testing “Fact or Fiction?”
  • Bullet seating depth
  • Importance of velocity at the target, ES, and SD’s
  • Mental approach to load development

“Another great opportunity to open up our platform to Bryan and Emil and dive into each of the long range reloading techniques on everyone’s minds. Giving people this kind of access through the partnership is masterclass opportunity for anyone interested in extreme long range shooting,” stated Frank Galli. Both episodes of “Reloading for Long Range” are available now on The Everyday Sniper Podcast or download from the iStore and Google Play.

About Berger
Berger manufactures precision projectiles and match-grade ammunition for Target, Hunting and Tactical applications in Mesa, AZ. Berger is part of the Capstone Precision Group, the exclusive U.S. distributor for Berger, Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK-Rimfire products. For more information, visit Bergerbullets.com.

Vihtavuori’s Ian Klemm Sets New F TR Palma National Record

Ian Klemm at Buckeye Blossom

Sedalia, MO – Congratulations to Team Vihtavuori member, Ian Klemm, for establishing a new F/TR Palma National Record and winning the 2020 Midwest LR National Championship. The Midwest LR National Championship was held August 8-9th at the Alliance Rifle Club in Malvern, Ohio.

Ian was competing with a 308 Winchester loaded with Berger 30 cal 200.20x Hybrids propelled with Vihtavuori N150 powder. His new F/TR Palma National Record of 449-27x topped the previous record of 449-22x. Ian’s father also used Vihtavuori N150 propellant and finished 2nd place in the match.

“This National Championship victory was due largely to the reduced standard deviation (SD’s) in muzzle velocity I was able to achieve after switching to Vihtavuori N150 Powder, stated Klemm.

Learn more about Vihtavuori’s propellant offerings, download Vihtavuori’s entire reloading manual, and install the Vihtavuori Reload App at Vihtavuori.com

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.

Berger Shooters Win Hornady Precision Hunter Steel Challenge

Berger

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 www.NoBSBC.com featuring bi-weekly articles and content from Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz.

About Berger
Berger manufactures precision projectiles and match-grade ammunition for Target, Hunting and Tactical applications in Mesa, AZ. Berger is part of the Capstone Precision Group, exclusive U.S. distributor for Berger, Lapua, Vihtavuori and SK-Rimfire products. For more information, visit Bergerbullets.com.

Team SK’s Erich Mietenkorte Wins the Washington High Power Silhouette Championship

Erich Mietenkorte Washington HP Silhuouette Championships

Sedalia, MO – Team SK shooter, Erich Mietenkorte, brought home two titles from the 2020 Washington High Power Silhouette State Championship. Mietenkorte scored a 68/80 placing him first in the Standard Rifle. After an intense shoot off he also won the Hunter rifle with a score 65/80.

The Washington High Power Rifle Silhouette State Championship was held at the Pe Ell Sportmen’s Club in Pe Ell, WA August 2-3. All High Power Silhouette shooting is done from the offhand position with centerfire rifles chambered in 6mm or larger.  Steel targets are engaged at distances of 200, 300, 385 and 500 meters for score.

Mietenkorte competes with Lapua 6BR cases and Vihtavuori N140 powder loaded with Berger 6mm 95 Grain VLD Target bullets for the chickens, pigs and turkeys, and 6mm 115 Grain VLD bullets for the Rams.

“Great people, awesome weather, and good shooting made for an incredible match! The top quality components from Lapua, Berger Bullets, and Vihtavuori Powders allow me to be at the top of my game,” stated Mietenkorte. “I always train for silhouette competition with SK rimfire ammunition. Their ammo gives me the accurate feedback I need!”

About SK
SK Rimfire has a storied 190 year history of producing top-quality.22 LR ammunition in Schoenebeck Germany. SK .22 LR is offered through the Capstone Precision Group, exclusive U.S. distributor of Lapua, Berger, Vihtavuori and SK products. For more information, visit sk-ammunition.com.

Lapua Title Sponsor of BulletPro 150

Vudoo and Lapua

Sedalia, MO – Lapua, world-renowned for producing the finest cases, bullets and cartridges, is pleased to announce their support of the BulletPro 150 as the title sponsor.

In its inaugural year, the Vudoo-Lapua BulletPro 150 match brings two classes of benchrest competition together to introduce an all-new benchrest venue to the competitive rimfire shooting world.  Taking place August 1st at the Buck Creek Range in Somerset, KY, shooters may choose to compete in the Unlimited or Factory Classes.

The BulletPro 150 is the culmination of three parallel paths in the rimfire world; Ivan Wells, Vudoo Gun Works and Lapua.  Ivan Wells, a well-accomplished rimfire Benchrest competitor, rifle builder, and designer of rimfire equipment, started his journey nine years ago to the day of the inaugural match and returns to Buck Creek to realize a dream. Vudoo Gun Works, known for their patented V-22 repeater platform, has become an industry leader in just a few short years and was asked to further support the Benchrest community by designing an action, the V-22S. Vudoo designed their repeater chamber around Lapua Center-X ammunition, which has continued to deliver an incredible level of consistency allowing many to push the envelope of rimfire.  These three forces have combined to launch the BulletPro 150; a new approach to Rimfire Benchrest.

“The V-22 repeater has accomplished incredible feats in the rimfire world and we expect the V-22S single shot will continue to re-define rimfire in numerous different shooting disciplines,” stated Mike Bush, Vudoo Gun Works Design Engineer and Co-Founder. “Lapua continues to show a level of dedication and commitment to the rimfire community by recently opening their second testing facility and now in supporting the BulletPro 150.”

For more information on the Vudoo-Lapua BulletPro 150 match, visit Vudoogunworks.com.

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.

Lapua Sponsoring ISRPA Junior Elite Smallbore Clinic

Sedalia, MO – Lapua, world-renowned for producing the finest cartridge cases, bullets, and ammunition, is pleased to announce their support of the Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association (ISRPA) Junior Elite Smallbore Rifle Clinic.

In its 3rd year, the Elite Rifle Clinic presented by ISRPA and The X-Count will take place July 29th through August 2nd at The X-Count in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  The clinic caters to high level junior athletes who wish to compete at the collegiate level.  Juniors will receive on-site coaching from collegiate level coaching staff, National Coach Development Staff (NCDS) and Gregg Rice, X-Count Head Coach. In addition to receiving advanced training instruction for 3-Position Smallbore, attendees will also be exposed to national sports psychologists, physical trainers and sport nutritionists.

“Lapua is committed to supporting junior shooters who are passionate about their continued education opportunities. Having the shooting sports as their vehicle to succeed at the collegiate level is a win-win as they grow to become our next ambassadors for the shooting sports,” states Geoff Esterline, Director of Marketing for Lapua (US).

For more information on the ISRPA Junior Clinics, visit isrpa.wildapriocot.org.

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.