Walt Berger Named Team USA Rifle Captain for World Benchrest Championships

Walt Berger at the World Benhrest Champinshp

Walt Berger, founder of Berger Bullets and Ammunition, was named Captain of the USA Rifle Team for the World Benchrest Championships in Calgary, Canada this past week. The World Championships are held every two years and attract competitors from over 30 countries, testing their skills at 100-yard and 200-yard distances.

Along with being named Team Captain, Walt participated in the World Benchrest Championships and did not disappoint. He finished 6th place in the Light Varmint 200-yard individual matches, and went on to support “USA Team A” to win the Silver Medal!

Under Walt’s leadership, the USA’s Joel Nader won the Gold Medal for individuals, “USA Team C” won the Gold and “USA Team A” took the Silver. Congratulations to Walt and Team USA for a dominating performance.

“Walt Berger continues to amaze all of us at Berger Bullets with his competitiveness, tenacity and toughness. He is a role model for us at Berger and shooters world-wide”, remarked Bill Gravatt, President of Berger Bullets.

At 90 years young, Walt continues to work for Berger as lead technical consultant and regularly competes in AZBRS Matches each month at Ben Avery Shooting Complex in Phoenix, AZ.

Team Lapua’s Philip Hemphill Wins NRA .22 Caliber Pistol Championship

Philip Hemhill Wins NRA .22 Caliber Pistol Championship

Team Lapua member, Philip Hemphill, scored a 888-49X to bring home the 2019 NRA .22 Caliber Pistol Championship. Hemphill uses Lapua Center-X .22LR Rimfire ammunition, known for its uncompromising quality and dominating results in .22 caliber disciplines such as Smallbore, PRC Silhouette, new ELR and more.

The NRA National Pistol Championship, known as the “World Series of Shooting Sports,” took place July 7-12th at Camp Perry, Ohio. Since 1907 the nation’s finest marksmen and women come together at Camp Perry and shoot off in a variety of handgun competition formats and events.

“It’s an honor to be able to come out here and test my shooting skills in one of the longest-running pistol events in the nation. My whole team, Team Zero, shoots Lapua Center-X, because we know it will outperform all other .22 caliber competition ammo,” said Hemphill.

Along with receiving the Walker Trophy Plaque for winning the Championship, Hemphill also won the NRA Precision Pistol Championship – Police Division, and came in 3rd in the 22 Caliber Slow Fire Match with a score of 194-9X.

Team Lapua’s Neary Wins Gold Medal at World Benchrest Championships

Team Lapua Jack Neary Wins Gold

Team Lapua’s Jack Neary, along with USA teammates Harley Baker, Gary Bristow, and Jeff Graves won the 4-Man Team Gold Medal at the 2019 World Benchrest Championships held in Calgary, Canada this past week.

The World Benchrest Shooting Federation hosts the World Championships every two years in a different country. This year, competitors representing nearly 30 countries tested their skills at 100-yard and 200-yard distances over four days of shooting for individual and team results. Benchrest shooters are notorious for using state-of-the-art reloading equipment, a variety of new and innovative firearms, components and accessories.

All Team USA Gold Medalists use Lapua cartridge cases exclusively for their competitive shooting. Lapua cartridge cases are known for unprecedented quality of construction, using only the finest raw materials and superior annealing processes. Each case is machined to exacting dimensions with longevity that is unmatched by other cartridge case manufacturers.

Neary stated, “Lapua cases are the foundation in which our competition hand loads are built upon. When competing at the highest levels against the most talented shooters in the world, we need the absolute best components available. There’s no doubt Lapua helped secure the Gold for Team USA.”

The next World Benchrest Championship will be held in Fall of 2021 in South Africa.

SK Named Official Ammunition Sponsor for CMP’s National Rimfire Sporter Match

SK Ammunition, manufacturers of high-quality .22 LR cartridges for nearly 190 consecutive years, has been named official ammunition sponsor for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s National Rimfire Sporter Match.

The National Rimfire Sporter Match will take place July 20-21 at Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center, located within the Camp Perry Training site in Port Clinton, OH. This match offers shooters a recreation-oriented competition where they use sporter rifles commonly owned by nearly all gun enthusiasts. This is a unique match where the only competitor requirements are a rifle and ammo. New shooters are exposed to competitive shooting with a unique course of fire, which experience shooters should find challenging as well.

Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Programs Chief, Christie Sewell stated, “The CMP is excited to announce SK as the Official Ammunition Sponsor for our 2019 National Rimfire Sporter Match. Participants will receive a complimentary 50-Round box of SK ammunition at check-in. We appreciate SK’s continued support of the Civilian Marksmanship Program and the 2019 National Matches.”

For more information on the Civilian Marksmanship Programs National Rimfire Sporter Match, visit cmp.org.

Team Lapua Shooter Kent Reeve Wins Sinclair International Championship

Team Lapua Kent Reeve

Team Lapua member, Kent Reeve, scored a 2223.124 to secure first place at the Sinclair International Fullbore Championships. Reeve shot Berger 30 Cal 155.5 gr Fullbore projectiles, Vihtavuori N150 propellant and uses Lapua .308 Winchester brass exclusively.

The Sinclair International Fullbore Championship, presented by the North State Shooting Club took place May 18-22 at Camp Butner, NC.

Reeve stated, “This year at Sinclair we had very hot weather and tricky winds, which made for an exciting and challenging match. I knew my components were up to the task no matter the condition.”

Reeve will be competing this August in the NRA Mid-Range Rifle Championships at Camp Atterbury, IN.

Team Vihtavuori’s Phillips Crowned King of 2 Miles

King of 2 Mile Winner Paul Phillips

Team Vihtavouri member, Paul Phillips, was recently crowned King of 2 Miles at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, MN.

King of 2 Miles is an Extreme Long Range (ELR) Rifle competition that challenges competitors to engage steel targets at various distances out to 3,525 yards. Phillips and his Team Global Precision Group members all shoot the 416 Barrett cartridge and load Vihtavuori 20N29 powder exclusively for their ELR platforms.

Vihtavuori powder has provided the most consistent and lowest single digit SD’s of any powder we’ve tested. This is a huge advantage when attempting to impact steel plates beyond 1,500 yards. We must have very consistent ammunition,” stated Phillips, “Vihtavuori Powders played a huge role in our team member’s success of finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th.”

Phillips will be competing next at the 2019 NRA ELR National Championships at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, IN.

Berger 6.5mm 156gr EOL Elite Hunter Bullets Available Now

New 6.5mm 156gr EOL Elite Hunter

Berger Bullets is shipping the new 6.5mm 156gr EOL Elite Hunter projectiles to exclusive retailers now.

The long-awaited 6.5mm 156gr EOL Elite Hunter bullets are purpose-built for hunters demanding a heavy-bullet solution for their Creedmoor, PRC, 26 Nosler and other 6.5 caliber long-range hunting platforms. EOL Elite Hunter bullets are “heaviest-in-class” and designed to break the common trend-line for today’s heavy hunting offerings. The sleek profile features an ultra-high ballistic coefficient (B.C.) and increased sectional density, delivering the highest energy retention upon impact.

EOL Elite Hunter Bullets utilize Berger’s industry-leading hybrid ogive design, which blends tangent and secant designs to optimize efficiency, reduce wind-drift, and minimize sensitivity to seating depth. EOL’s are easy to load and shoot, and provide the unmatched accuracy and performance that long-range enthusiasts expect from Berger Bullets.

Berger Production Manager, David Hamilton stated, “Our successful product partnership with Extreme Outer Limits TV and participation in long-range hunting has left customers eager for more EOL Elite Hunter offerings. Our new 6.5mm offering is designed for today’s most popular long-range calibers.”

The EOL Elite Hunter Series includes 270 cal 170gr and 7mm 195gr offerings. Contact your favorite Berger dealer for more details.

Bryan Litz Wins Hathcock Award

Bryan Litz Wins Hathcock Award

Mesa, AZ – Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz, was presented with this year’s National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Hathcock award on June 4, 2019 in Fredericksburg, VA.

The Hathcock award is presented to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions in operational employment and tactics of small arms weapons systems which impact the readiness and capability of U.S. military and law enforcement. The NDIA’s Small Arms Committee Executive Board selects the recipient in honor of the U.S Marine corps sniper legend Gunnery Sergeant Carlos N. Hathcock II. Hathcock honorably served in both military and law enforcement communities and influenced sniper training programs across the country.

“It is truly humbling and deeply gratifying that my work has value to our nation’s Armed Forces. Being selected for the Hathcock award is the highest honor I’ve received in my career,” said Bryan Litz.

Bryan Litz joined the Berger team in November of 2008 and has been instrumental in developing new and innovative Berger products for the U.S. military and law enforcement.

To learn more about the Hathcock Award, please visit ndia.org.

Vihtavuori Dominates 2019 Firearms Industry Super Shoot

Sedalia, MO – Vihtavuori Powder dominated the 47th Annual Firearms Industry Super Shoot (F.I.S.S.) with the entire Top 20 competitors using N133 smokeless powder.

Each year the F.I.S.S. attracts hundreds of the world’s best competition benchrest shooters to Kelby’s Range in North Lawrence, Ohio. Over four days of competition, five-shot groups are fired at targets ranging from 100/200 yards with a variety of new and innovative firearms, equipment and accessories. Benchrest shooters are often viewed as trend-setting within the competitive shooting sports, and their near unanimous use of Vihtavuori powder is unprecedented.

Vihtavuori Production Manager, Mika Syrjala, stated: “Vihtavuori’s extreme temperature stability and clean burning characteristics enabled it to outperform all other reloading powders during northern Ohio’s volatile May weather. The results are a testament to nearly 100 years of our continued product development.”

Vihtavuori is the #1 choice of competitive benchrest shooters, and has quickly become the “go-to” powder for Extreme Long Range (ELR) competitors engaging targets to 2,500 yards and beyond. Vihtavuori’s lot-to-lot consistency, temperature stability, and clean burning characteristics make it the best selection for those who seek “The Power of Accuracy”.

Team Lapua member Neary Wins F.I.S.S. LV Grand Aggregate

Jack Neary Wins Super Shoot

Team Lapua shooter, Jack Neary, out shot nearly 200 competitors to win the Firearms Industry Super Shoot (F.I.S.S.) Light Varmint Grand Aggregate this past Memorial Day weekend. 

F.I.S.S. attracts the world’s best competitive benchrest shooters from 9 countries to Kelby’s Range in N. Lawrence, Ohio. Over four days of competition, five-shot groups are fired at targets ranging from 100/200 yards with a variety of new and innovative firearms, reloading equipment, components and accessories.

Neary, a Hall of Fame benchrest shooter and 5-time USA World Team member, attributes his competitive shooting success to Lapua’s unprecedented quality of construction. This includes: the finest raw materials, superior annealing qualities, exacting dimensions and longevity unmatched by other cartridge case manufacturers.

Neary stated: “Lapua cases provide me confidence to compete at the highest levels against the most talented shooters in the world. One shot can make the difference between first and worst, which is why every competitive benchrest shooter around the world trusts Lapua to achieve top results.”

Lapua cartridge cases were used by nearly every single F.I.S.S. competitor, a clear testament to their unmatched quality and “Passion for Precision.”