Berger Shooters Win Hornady Precision Hunter Steel Challenge

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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.

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.

SK To Sponsor the ISRPA Junior Intermediate Smallbore Clinics

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Sedalia, MO – SK Ammunition, manufacturers of high-quality .22 LR cartridges for nearly 190 consecutive years, is pleased to announce their support of the 2020 ISRPA Junior Smallbore Clinics.

The Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association (ISRPA) will be hosting two Junior Smallbore Clinics at the end of July. The ASSA Nationals Smallbore Rifle Clinic and the Intermediate Smallbore Rifle Camp Clinic will be held July 25-27th and July 28-30th respectively. Both clinics will take place in conjunction with the American Smallbore Shooting Association (ASSA) National Matches at Chief Wa-Ke’-De Range in Bristol, IN. Each clinic includes instruction by staff members of The X-Count Range, as well as a competition to complete the clinic. The ASSA Nationals Clinic will include a traditional 3X20 match, while the Intermediate Smallbore Rifle clinic will also include a Dewar Match.

“We’re excited to be part of ISRPA’s Junior clinics,” stated Adam Braverman, Director of Sales and Marketing for SK. “Having ASSA and The X-Count host these clinics is really bringing the best of the best together and know that Juniors will truly benefit from both clinics.”

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

About SK Ammunition

SK Rimfire has a storied 190 year history of producing top-quality.22 LR ammunition in Schonebeck 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.

Berger Dominates Nightforce ELR Steel Challenge

Jorge Ortiz 2020 Nightforce ELR Challenge

Congratulations to Jorge Ortiz, winner of the 5th Annual Nightforce ELR Steel Challenge! Jorge was running new Berger 30 caliber 220 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ bullets through his Accuracy International ASR platform chambered in 300 Norma Magnum for the impressive win.

The 2020 Nightforce ELR Steel Challenge was held June 13-14th at Tillard 55 Ranch in Glenrock, WY. Nearly 200 shooters engaged targets from 700 yards to 2100 yards (1.2 miles) in extremely challenging conditions with wind gusts eclipsing 60 mph.

Jorge stated, “When it comes to Berger Bullets, especially the LRHT line, the consistency shows both during the measurements and downrange at the target. I simply selected Berger’s default G7 BC within my Kestrel 5700 Weather Meter with Applied Ballistics and was on target for the match.”

Berger Long Range Hybrid Target™ bullets feature a jump-tolerant hybrid ogive profile that is Doppler verified with less than 1% BC variation. A high BC is important for competitive shooting, however, shot-to-shot consistency is most critical when engaging targets to 1,000 yards and beyond. Visit NoBSBC.com and learn “why BC consistency wins” vs. the “highest BC is best” myth.

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.

Berger’s Long Range Hybrid Target Bullets Win K&M PRS Match

2020 Kahles K&M 1st Place Ken Sanoski

Congratulations to Berger Sponsored Shooter, Ken Sanoski, who dominated the entire field and brought home first place at the K&M/Kales Precision Rifle Competition. Sanoski outshined all competitors with the new Berger 6mm 109 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ bullets loaded in a 6mm Dasher.

The 2020 K&M/Kahles Precision Rifle Competition took place May 22-24 at the K&M Precision Rifle Training in Finger, Tennessee with over 200 of the top PRS shooters competing.

“Every year the best shooters from around the Country show up for the K&M Kahles Precision Rifle Competition. The course of fire this year was challenging with plenty of small targets. Berger 109 Grain Ling Range Hybrids performed awesome hitting 188 out of the available 199 targets for the 1st place finish,” stated Sanoski.

Berger 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; an unrivaled Ballistic Coefficient (BC) variance of less than 1%. Utilizing advanced and proprietary manufacturing processes, Berger’s innovative Meplat Reduction Technology™ (MRT™) System applies controlled pressure along the projectile nose, producing the most repeatable bullet profile.

Learn more about the unmatched consistency of Berger’s Long Range Hybrid Target bullets at NoBSBC.com

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.