Lapua Monarch Cup Confirms Commitment for 2021

Lapua Monarch Cup

With the Nationals Championships for Smallbore Rifle Silhouette cancelled in Canada, USA, and Mexico, the 2020 Lapua Monarch Cup has been postponed until 2021.

“In light of the current global health situation surround COVID-19, the Monarch Cup Board of Directors made the difficult decision to postpone the Lapua Monarch Cup from 2020 to 2021,” stated Monarch Cup Director, Daniel Salazer. “The uncertainty regarding international travel and the concern for the safety of our friends and competitors, led to this very disappointing decision. We vow to make the 2021 Lapua Monarch Cup an event to remember.”

In its inaugural year, the Lapua Monarch Cup was the must-attend event of the silhouette shooting world. Hosted in three different countries: Canada, United States and Mexico and taking place throughout the summer and fall of 2020. Competitors earn points from each match within their respective classification (Master, AAA, AA, & A), giving all shooters an opportunity for the $25,000 in cash prizes.

“Lapua is saddened that this difficult decision had to be made, but we know it’s the right one,” stated Adam Braverman, Director of Sales and Marketing. “The board and Lapua’s top priority is of the health and safety of the international shooting community. However, we are excited to announce that we will continue as the Title Sponsor of the Monarch Cup for 2021.”

For more information on the Lapua Monarch Cup visit lapuamonarchcup.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 PRESENTS: AirLock Hermetically Sealed Naturalis Cartridges

Lapua Naturalis AirLock box front

Lapua is proud to introduce the latest major improvement to the Naturalis® hunting cartridge line: AirLock™ hermetical seal, a completely unique offering for the ammunition market.

After an extensive development project, Lapua Sales and Marketing Manager Erkki Seikkula is pleased with the outcome, “Thanks to this technical innovation, you can use your Lapua Naturalis® ammunition for a longer time, in any kind of weather conditions, and still get all the premium qualities you expect from our products.”

An advanced and proprietary automation process creates a weather-proof, air-tight seal where the bullet meets the case, as well as where the primer seats into the case. The AirLock™ hermetical seal ensures that the powder in each cartridge is protected from outside moisture or changes to moisture levels. All ammunition must endure several transports and storage time in a multitude of environments. Lapua’s AirLock™ hermetical seal will keep cartridges moisture-free.

AirLock™ hermetical seal doesn’t affect the round’s ballistic qualities, and the fired cases are safe to reload. “You don’t have to worry about spending extra time cleaning your rifle either, as the AirLock™ hermetical seal doesn’t leave any extra residue in the rifle. As extending barrel life is something we care about, we naturally use only the best components with special decoppering features: Vihtavuori premium powder and our Naturalis® copper bullet with a special jacket treatment”, Seikkula explains.

Put together, they highlight what we already know – Lapua ammunition shoots clean, anytime, anywhere. For hunters, it means they can enjoy superior results – come rain or shine.

AirLock™ hermetically sealed Naturalis® cartridges will become available in the hunting season of 2020-2021 and will be rolled out one product at a time. The Lapua Naturalis® family includes the following hunting cartridges:  222 Rem, 243 Win, 6.5×55, 6.5×47 Lapua, 6.5 Creedmoor, 7×64, 7x65R, 308 Win, 30-06, 8×57 IS, 8×57 IRS, 338 Lapua Mag and 9.3 x 62.

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’s Production Engineer Garett Stoddard on Hunt Backcountry Podcast

hunt backcountry podcast

Berger Bullets Production Engineer, Garett Stoddard visits Hunt Backcountry this Friday, May 15, to take listeners further into understanding Berger hunting bullets & ammunition, their performance characteristics, and various applications for rifle hunting today.

Join Hunt Backcountry podcast hosts Mark Huelsing and Steve Speck, as they meet with Garett and discuss a variety of topics, including terminal ballistics, bullet construction, and Berger product selection to achieve optimal performance in this hour-long episode.

Hunt Backcountry host Mark Huelsing stated, “Understanding the terminal performance of bullets is critical for hunters, and our discussion with Garett helped me understand how bullet design and construction directly relates to that bullet’s terminal performance on animals.”

Learn more about Exo Mtn Gear’s Hunt Backcountry podcast here or search “Hunt Backcountry” in iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

For more information on bullet performance, follow us on social with #NoBSBC and check in bi-weekly for new NoBSBC articles from Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz on the Berger Bullets website.

Berger’s Bryan Litz on Hunt Backcountry Podcast

hunt backcountry podcast

Last Friday, May 8th, Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz visited with Hunt Backcountry to take listeners further into understanding Ballistic Coefficients (BC’s), their consistency, and applications for rifle hunting today.

In this hour-long episode, the hosts of Hunt Backcountry, Mark Huelsing and Steve Speck,  discussed the topic of external ballistics with Bryan.

“As hunters, accuracy and precision is a matter of ethics. By understanding ballistic coefficients and how bullets travel from our rifle to our target, we can be more informed and capable shooters. We are eager to learn from Bryan and connect the science of BC to the in-the-field benefits that we, as hunters, can get from high-BC bullet designs,” stated Mark Huelsing.

You can listen to this podcast now by visiting their podcast page or by searching “Hunt Backcountry” in iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Learn more about Berger’s #NoBSBC’s by following them on social and by reading their bi-weekly ballistics articles from Bryan Litz.

Lapua Re-Opens Ohio Rimfire Performance Center

Lapua Rimfire Performance Center Ohio

Capstone Precision Group is pleased to announce the re-opening of our Lapua Rimfire Performance Center (LRPC) at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio. Due to Covid-19 restrictions enacted in Ohio, the LRPC has been closed since March 23rd. 

Beginning May 4th , 2020, Lapua will test customer rifles that are shipped to the LRPC. The following Monday, May 11th, the Performance Center will open for customers with appointments to bring their firearms on site with safety restrictions in place.

Patterned after the world-renowned Lapua Performance Center in Germany, both the Cardinal and existing location in Mesa, AZ give shooters the opportunity to test various types, and lots of Lapua ammunition, under tightly controlled conditions. 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.

“We’re extremely excited to re-open our second Performance Center, and the safety of our customers is our first priority. We have placed safety measures in place to keep our customers safe while we provide them with world class service,” said Adam Braverman, Director of Sales and Marketing.

LRPC, Luke Johnson stated, “Lapua’s Second Performance Center in the United States will provide increased opportunity for competitors to find some of the highest quality rimfire match ammunition. We are eager to have our customers see our new facility, and are taking precautions to keep them and our employees safe.”  

Customers interested in testing at the new Lapua Rimfire Performance Center, may call (480) 695-0744, email at rimfiretesteast@capstonepg.com or fill out an appointment request at www.capstonepg.com/rpc/

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 and Sniper’s Hide partner for “No BS BC’s – Why Consistency Wins” Podcast

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Berger has teamed up with Sniper’s Hide “The Everyday Sniper”podcast to take listeners further into understanding Ballistic Coefficients (BC’s), their consistency, and effects on accuracy & precision.

Join “The Everyday Sniper” podcast host Frank Galli as he talks BC’s with Berger’s Chief Ballistician, Bryan Litz and Mil/LE Expert and Wind Wizard, Emil Praslick. “The Everyday Sniper” podcast features long range shooting, precision rifle builds, training, insider industry updates, and more.

The 10-part podcast series begins May 1 and dispels the “highest BC is best” myth, addresses the requirements for successful long range shooting, and “why BC consistency wins” outright. Each podcast is an in-depth discussion of Berger’s bi-weekly “No BS BC’s” ballistics articles, penned by Bryan Litz.

“This is a great opportunity to open up our platform to Berger with Bryan and Emil. Giving people this kind of access through the partnership is masterclass opportunity for anyone interested in long range shooting,” stated Frank Galli.

For more information on The Everyday Sniper” podcast and the “No BS BC’s – Why Consistency Wins” series, visit NoBSBC.com.

Podcast Schedule and Topics

5/1         What is a Ballistic Coefficient and its Purpose?

5/15       Variation in BC with Velocity

5/29       BC Effect on Accuracy, Short and Long Range

6/12       BC and Performance

6/26       Shot to Shot Consistency – Sources of BC Inconsistency

7/10       BC Effect on Precision, Short and Long Range

7/24       Comparing BCs

8/7         SC of BC, Bell Curve

8/21       Manufacturing Effects on BC, Accuracy and Precision

9/4         MV-BC Trade Off and Different Brands

To learn more about Berger’s No BS BC’s and follow bi-weekly articles from Bryan Litz, visit 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.

Vihtavuori Powder Announces 2020 New Products

2020 Vihtavuori New Products

Sedalia, MO – Vihtavuori, the world’s #1 propellant choice of competitive Benchrest and Extreme Long Range (ELR) enthusiasts, is offering an assortment of new packaging options and powder for 2020.

  • Vihtavuori’s High Energy 500 Series smokeless powders are now available in both 1-lb and 8-lb canisters. Previously offered in 1-lb containers only, new 8-lb canisters offer an economical solution for high-volume competitive shooters, hunters and accuracy enthusiasts. Both 1-lb and 8-lb containers are available now at authorized Vihtavuori dealers.
  • Vihtavuori 24N41 and 20N29 are both ultra-slow burning powders designed for large caliber magnums such as the 408 Cheytac, 416 Barrett, 50 BMG, and other wildcats that dominate Extreme Long Range (ELR) rifle competitions. Previously available in 8-lb canisters only, both powders are available now in convenient “test-size” 1-lb containers for your big guns.
  • New N555 High Energy Series smokeless powder is designed for precision rifle platforms chambered in cartridges such as 6mm & 6.5 Creedmoor, 260 Remington, 284 Winchester, 6.5 PRC and 30-06 Springfield, among others. Competitive shooters and hunters will benefit from its unmatched accuracy, clean burning characteristics and insensitivity in extreme weather conditions. The most temperature stable powder in its class, N555 is comparable to 4350 powders and attains unprecedented performance in the 6.5 Creedmoor. Both 1-lb and 8-lb containers are available now at authorized Vihtavuori dealers.

To locate a Vihtavuori retailer near you, visit Capstonepg.com/us-dealer-maps.

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.

Lapua Title Sponsor of Monarch Cup

Lapua Monarch Cup

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

In its inaugural year, the Lapua Monarch Cup is a series of smallbore silhouette shooting matches hosted in three different countries: Canada, United States and Mexico. Competitors will earn points from each match within their respective classification (Master, AAA, AA, & A), giving all shooters an opportunity for the $25,000 in cash prizes. Lapua’s Monarch Cup will be recognized as the must-attend event of the silhouette shooting world.

Smallbore silhouette shooting is a fun and challenging shooting discipline that has competitors taking aim at a variety of steel chickens, pigs, turkeys and rams. Shooters, standing and unsupported, take aim at four banks of silhouettes at increasing distances, shooting 40 targets in all. For every silhouette knocked down, the competitors earns one point.  Smallbore shooters are shooting at a distances of 40, 60, 77 and 100 meters and High Power at 200, 300, 385 and 500 meters.

“The Lapua Monarch Cup was created to support the growth and strength of the metallic silhouette shooting sports, along with promoting brotherhood amongst shooters and a legacy for generations to come,” said Monarch Cup Director, Daniel Salazar.

The Championship Series schedule is:

  • Canadian Metallic Silhouette National Championship
    Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada
     June 28-30, 2020

  • USA NRA Smallbore Silhouette National Championship
    Ridgeway, Pennsylvania, USA
    August 9-11, 2020

  • Lapua Monarch Cup Championship
    Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico
    October 3-4, 2020

“Smallbore silhouette is a challenging discipline that is open to all,” said Adam Braverman, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Capstone Precision Group (Lapua). “Young and old, male and female. It is just the shooter and the targets. Lapua and SK are proud to support the Monarch Cup and silhouette shooting, and we are excited for this outstanding competition series.”

For more information on the Lapua Monarch Cup visit lapuamonarchcup.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.

New Berger 30 Caliber 205 Grain Elite Hunter Bullets

30 Caliber 205 Grain Elite Hunter

Mesa, AZ – Berger is excited to announce the addition of the new 30 Caliber 205 Grain Elite Hunter projectile to the ever popular long-range Elite Hunter product line.

The 30 Caliber 205 Grain Elite Hunter is purpose-built for hunters seeking a mid-to-heavy bullet solution for their 30 Nosler, 300 Win Mag, 300 Ultra Mags, 300 PRC, and other 30 caliber long-range hunting platforms. Elite Hunters 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. Their sleek profile features an ultra-high ballistic coefficient (BC) and increased sectional density, delivering the highest energy retention upon impact. Elite Hunters are easy to load and shoot, and provide unmatched accuracy and performance.

“The new 205 Grain Elite Hunter offers a blend of features developed specifically for modern hunting applications. The 205’s pair peak external performance and optimal precision capability, with an ogive developed to accommodate the magazines customary to today’s hunting platforms,” said Garett Stoddard, Berger’s Lead Production Engineer.

Berger 30 Caliber 205 Grain Elite Hunters are shipping to authorized Berger dealers now. To view the complete Elite Hunter series line and to find a Berger dealer visit, Bergerbullets.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.

Thelen Named President of Capstone Precision Group

Mesa, AZ – Bill Gravatt, President of the Capstone Precision Group, announced today that Dan Thelen will be taking over as President effective April 10, 2020. Thelen has been General Manager of Capstone’s Mesa, AZ operations, which includes Berger Bullets and Berger Ammunition.

“I announced my planned retirement 18-months ago and hired Dan in January 2019 to accept this role in 2Q 2020”, said Bill Gravatt. Dan joined Capstone as the General Manager of Mesa, AZ operations which includes Berger Bullets and Berger Ammunition production. Gravatt added, “I am confident that Dan will do an outstanding job leading Capstone as the premier component and ammunition brands in the US. We have an excellent group of team members within Capstone so he is inheriting a fantastic team.”

“I’m very excited for this new opportunity”, said Thelen. “I want to thank Bill for his leadership and guidance these past 18-months as we prepared for this transition. Bill has built a great foundation for Capstone and I look to further his vision for the company with the best bullets, cases and powder in the industry. The Berger, Lapua, Vihtavuori, and SK brands have tremendous following in the global market.”

Thelen brings over 22 years of experience in finance and operations within the shooting sports industry. Before joining Capstone as General Manager, he was Chief Financial Officer at Hodgdon Powder Co. and previously Director of Operations for Modern Muzzeloading, Inc. Thelen will oversee Capstone’s Mesa, AZ manufacturing and Sedalia, MO distribution center.

Gravatt will remain as a managing director on the Capstone Precision Group Board of Directors.