Berger Bulletin

November 8, 2012

Bullets to be Discontinued

Filed under: Announcements — Michelle Gallagher @ 8:06 am

As the election season draws to a close, we are already hearing about increased orders on both firearms and components. In preparation for the coming months, we are discontinuing several of our slow moving bullets. This will give us more room for quicker production on faster moving bullets and new releases, ensuring that you receive your bullets as quickly as possible. Also, this will give us the ability to move forward on several new bullet designs that will give you better options for your desired application.

All existing orders for these bullets will be filled. Any additional orders must be placed by Nov 16, 2012. These bullets will no longer be available after Nov 16th.

Part Number Description
17 Cal

20 Cal
22 Cal
25 Cal
30 Cal

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments, and thank you for your continued support!

Michelle Gallagher

October 12, 2012

“Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting” by Bryan Litz

Filed under: Announcements, External Ballistics, Hybrids, Making it Shoot, VLDs — Michelle Gallagher @ 1:27 pm

Bryan Litz, Berger Bullets’ Chief Ballistician, is proud to announce his latest offering to the long range shooting community.  In his second book, Bryan helps shooters understand some of the theories behind practical shooting and discusses techniques to improve hit percentages.  He says, “Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting is written in the same layman’s terms as Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting. The book focuses on defining the elements of accuracy and precision in a systematic way, and exploring their independent affects on hit percentage. The material is intended to help shooters make more informed decisions about their equipment and training. Ultimately, the end goal is to improve the shooter’s success and enjoyment of long range shooting by better understanding the underlying science.”

The book is broken down into three main sections:

   1. Precision - How group size affects hit percentage.  Topics include muzzle velocity variations, wind and range estimation errors and inherent rifle precision. 

   2. Accuracy - How well the group is centered around the aim-point.  Topics include leveling your sights, trajectory modeling and secondary effects, calibrating ballistic solutions, and live fire verification.

   3. Weapon Employment Zone (WEZ) Analysis - This section shows how to measure a weapon’s effectiveness throughout its range of employment.  Topics include score shooting, varmint and big game hunting, military and tactical shooting and includes a comparison between the .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua Mag.

Accuracy and Precision for Long Range Shooting contains 300 pages, and retails for $34.95.  The book is currently at the printers, so pre-order a copy to receive a $5 discount!  Visit the Applied Ballistics site HERE for more information and to pre-order your copy today.

Michelle Gallagher

September 14, 2012

New Berger Classic Hunter Bullets

Filed under: Announcements — Michelle Gallagher @ 8:29 pm

For the first time in Berger’s history we’ve purposefully designed Hybrid shaped hunting bullets that comply with the restrictive dimensional standards set by SAAMI. We did this so that hunters can shoot ammo loaded with Berger Hunting bullets in their factory rifles while feeding through a magazine.

Eric with the ram he shot in New Zealand.

Eric with the ram he shot in New Zealand.

Some might say, “What’s the big deal?” Well, frankly, SAAMI standard dimensions significantly limit the length of the nose (negatively affecting external ballistics performance) in two ways. First, the length from the end of the neck to the tip of the bullet of SAAMI standard ammo is typically so short that to make an ogive that will allow bearing surface to be forward of the neck it must be blunt and therefore have a low BC.

The other way SAAMI limits nose length is by calling for typically longer throats than is optimal. When you have a long throat, the nose can’t be too long or the jump to the rifling is considerable. This is typically bad for precision and accuracy. So what you end up with is stubby nose bullets with low BC and poor external ballistics performance.

We were not successful in our quest to have SAAMI standards modified to improve performance so we are forced to optimize our bullet designs to conform to these dimensions while making them as high performance as is possible under the circumstances. To this end, Bryan Litz designed Hybrid hunting bullets with noses short enough to conform to SAAMI dimensional standards. The good news is these bullets have two key characteristics that will make them popular among those who hunt with factory rifles and feed their ammo through a magazine.

The first is that the nose design is a Hybrid. This design combines the best aspects of two different shapes. As you move forward along the bearing surface a tangent curve starts the ogive. Tangent ogives are known to be less sensitive to seating depth. As you continue forward on the nose the tangent curve transitions into a secant curve. Secant ogives are known to be more efficient in the wind (VLD bullets are pure secant ogives).

When you combine these two shapes you get the best of both worlds (less sensitivity to seating depth differences and improved external ballistics performance). Since these new Berger Classic Hunter bullets must have a nose length that is short enough to comply with SAAMI standards we get the most external ballistics performance possible by making the nose with Bryan’s Hybrid design.

The second key characteristic is how Berger hunting bullets perform on impact with game. Our bullets are unique in that they penetrate through the first 2” to 5” of tissue and bone. Once inside the vital organs area, our bullets start to expand and while it continues through the vitals it will shed anywhere from 40% to 90% of its weight as fragments.

When you combine these fragments traveling in all directions away from the primary wound channel with the energy created from this action turning into hydrostatic shock you end up with massive tissue destruction deep inside the animal vital organs. The result is either the animal will drop in its tracks from the tremendous shock or it won’t go far. This much internal damage leads to rapid loss of blood pressure or organ failure which puts the animal down fast.

We know that this is how this bullet design works because we tested it not only in media but also on game. Next week we will post another blog article which tells you about how I took these bullets with me to New Zealand to test them on several animals of various sizes and at various ranges. I know from firsthand experience that hunters who try this bullet in the field will be happy that they did.

Eric Stecker

August 30, 2012

Reloading Manual Cartridge List

Filed under: Announcements — Michelle Gallagher @ 7:49 pm

The following is a complete list of the cartridges found in our reloading manual. This book contains load data for 71 cartridges. We tried to include as many popular cartridges as possible; but due to time and size restraints, we were not able to accommodate every one. These additional loads will be listed on our website once the manual is released (along with data for new bullets, etc).

17 Caliber
17 Ackley Hornet
17 Fireball
17 Mach IV
17 Remington

20 Caliber
20 Tactical
204 Ruger

22 Caliber
22 Hornet
22 K Hornet
221 Fireball
222 Remington
223 Remington
222 Remington Magnum
22 BR
22-250 Remington
220 Swift
223 WSSM

6mm BR Norma
6mm BR Remington
6mm Dasher
6×47 Lapua
243 Winchester
244 Rem/6mm Rem
6mm-284 Winchester
243 WSSM
240 Weatherby Magnum

25 Caliber
250-3000 Savage
257 Roberts
25-06 Remington
257 Weatherby Magnum

6.5 Grendel
6.5 Creedmoor
260 Remington
6.5×55mm Swedish Mauser
6.5 Remington Magnum
6.5×47 Lapua
6.5-284 Norma
264 Winchester Magnum

270 Caliber
270 Winchester
270 Winchester Short Magnum
270 Weatherby Magnum

7mm-08 Remington
7×57mm Mauser
280 Remington
284 Winchester
7mm Rem Short Action Ultra Mag
7mm Winchester Short Magnum
7mm Remington Magnum
7mm Weatherby Magnum
7mm Dakota
7mm Shooting Times Westerner
7.21 Lazzeroni Firebird
7.21 Lazzeroni Tomahawk
7mm Remington Ultra Magnum

30 Caliber
7.5×55mm Schmidt Rubin 7.5 Swiss
300 Savage
308 Winchester
30-06 Springfield
300 Rem Short Action Ultra Mag
300 Winchester Short Magnum
300 H&H Magnum
308 Norma Magnum
300 Winchester Magnum
300 Weatherby Magnum
300 Remington Ultra Magnum
30-378 Weatherby Magnum

August 27, 2012

Berger Bullets Reloading Manual is Finished

Filed under: Announcements — Michelle Gallagher @ 10:27 am

It is with great pride and pleasure that I announce the completion of the Berger Bullets Reloading Manual. This 829 page manual has become real and will be available to the public in the next few months. Our team worked very hard to create a thorough manual which gives the shooter everything they come to expect from a reloading manual, along with several extra items we hope the shooters will find interesting and useful.

One of these additional features is The Story of Walt Berger. Walt was born at the end of the Golden Twenties and the beginning of the Great Depression. His story is about overcoming great odds and seeing things through to success when almost everyone around him was convinced he would fail.

There are technical articles on subjects such as Powder – Lot to Lot Variation Discussed. Noted Editor John Barsness tackles this subject with skill and experience. He provides the shooter with a much greater understanding of why loading manuals do not list the same loads from manual to manual, yet are more consistent than shooters might think.

Other technical sections written by Ballistician Bryan Litz discuss G1 vs. G7 Ballistic Coefficients, Form Factor: A Useful Analysis Tool and The Effects of Cartridge Overall Length (COAL) and Cartridge Base to Ogive (CBTO) will expand the shooter’s understanding of these subjects and how they can be used to improve the shooting experience.

There is also a section for the new rifle shooter, which describes ten different ways that a rifle can be used to enjoy the shooting sports. Each section is written by an expert in their discipline. These include a section on Short Range Benchrest by Walt Berger, High Power – Across the Course by Sherri Jo Gallagher, Palma, Long Range & Fullbore by Nancy Tompkins and Precision Hunting by John Burns. Each one is meant to give the shooter a taste of these activities so that they can consider exploring them further.

There are several other sections that are included to provide the shooter with an expanded knowledge of the shooting sports. This includes everything from Handloading Basics for the new and novice shooter to an article on Basic Statistics for Handloading for the more advanced shooter who is looking to raise their ability to understand their results and influence them effectively.

At the end of the day, this is a reloading manual. We spent a considerable amount of time putting together loads for seventy-one different cartridges. The majority of powders used to develop the loads for each cartridge were selected due to the fact that they result in 90% or higher fill ratio. It is generally believed that powders which have a fill ratio over 90% will perform best in a given case, since the powder will not be moving around as much in the case.

One of the reasons it took so long to complete this manual is because we wanted to include as much good information as we could provide. It is my opinion that we have succeeded in this effort and I am proud that we are ready to provide a quality loading manual which will help rifle shooters at all levels.

We are accepting pre-orders on these manuals, and will begin shipping in Oct. The first 3,000 manuals will be signed by Walt Berger, Eric Stecker, Bryan Litz and Michelle Gallagher. To place your order, call 714-447-5422 or visit our shopping cart HERE. The retail price is $29.

Eric Stecker

May 25, 2012

New Colors for Bullet Boxes

Filed under: Announcements, Hunting Bullets, Making it Shoot — Michelle Gallagher @ 2:44 pm

Box colors based on application

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When Berger first started selling bullets, we sold Target bullets in yellow boxes. Over the years, our line has expanded to include Varmint, Hunting, and Tactical bullets. These application-based lines are designed to help shooters more easily find the right bullets for their purposes. In an effort to make this process even more straightforward, we have added two additional box colors to our line. Each bullet line now has its own dedicated box color. The only change is the box color; the bullets are still exactly the same.

The Target and Hunting lines will remain unchanged, with yellow and blaze orange boxes, respectively. Varmint bullets are now sold in burnt orange colored boxes, and Tactical bullets are available in khaki colored boxes.

“Each box color is meant to represent the specific line,” says Executive Vice President Eric Stecker. “Target is our traditional yellow as it has been our signature color for decades. Hunting is blaze orange which is commonly used by game hunters. Varmint is burnt orange which is the color of the red fox. The red fox is one of the most cunning and prized varmint trophies. Tactical is khaki or tan as a tribute to our troops who are most active in protecting our freedom in a desert environment.”

For more information, contact us at 714-447-5422.

Michelle Gallagher

April 9, 2012

338 cal 250 gr Hybrid OTM Tactical Bullet

Filed under: Announcements, Hybrids — Michelle Gallagher @ 11:18 am

We are excited to announce the release of the 338 cal 250 grain Hybrid OTM Tactical bullet. This is the latest addition to our line of Tactical bullets.

Our Tactical bullets bridge the gap between functionality and the highest possible ballistic performance. Each bullet is designed by Bryan Litz for use in specific cartridges. These bullets are designed to function accurately in the rifle’s magazines, while still maintaining their superior ballistic performance. These bullets are also made with thicker jackets, allowing them to perform reliably under the most abusive conditions found in tactical competition, tactical situations and in combat.

While some of the Tactical bullets have a pure tangent ogive, the 338 cal 250gr is a Hybrid bullet. The Hybrid design blends a tangent ogive with a secant ogive. These shapes work together to produce the best trajectory performance without the tuning requirements that the VLDs have for seating depth. Tactical bullets will be successful at either magazine feedable lengths or loaded long for single shot firing situations, which can allow for more powder capacity and higher velocities. These bullets truly give the Tactical user the best possible results for whatever situation in which they find themselves.

The 338 cal 250 and 300 grain Hybrid OTM Tactical bullets were optimized for use in the 338 Lapua Magnum cartridge, but will work great in other cartridges as well.

Currently, the 338 cal bullets are only available in the Tactical line. We will soon be launching 338 cal 250 and 300 grain Hybrid Hunting bullets as well.

February 28, 2012

NEW - Berger 6mm BR Column Bullet

Filed under: Announcements — Michelle Gallagher @ 1:06 pm

There have been Bench Rest bullets in the past which were well-known for achieving consistently small groups over a wide tune range in many rifles and loads. One example of this was the Euber bullet. The seemingly ‘magical’ performance of these bullets has been attributed to special dies, stars aligning, owl feathers, or some other unknown influence. However, there are actually specific mass balance and aerodynamic properties which allow a bullet to mitigate dispersion and shoot precisely over a wide range of imperfect launch dynamics.

Understanding the physics behind dispersion mitigation, Bryan went to work creating a specific design for a bullet that had the widest and lowest tune valley. This means that the bullet shoots best in the widest variety of loads and seating depths. He came up with three different designs. Within each design, we made lead columns at three different heights in order to identify the truly optimal design. Over the next 4 years, Lou Murdica shot literally thousands of shots in the data capture phase of the project. When the smell of burnt powder cleared, there was one bullet left standing that was head and shoulders above the others in its ability to shoot well at the widest variety of loads and seating depths.

This bullet is the new Berger 6mm BR Column. You’ll notice that there is no listed weight. This is deliberate since the overall weight is not as important as the overall balance of the bullet, which is achieved with a specific internal lead column height. Due to slight variations in copper and lead material batches, one lot may weigh 64.8 gr while another lot might weigh 65.1 gr or 64.6 gr. So long as the column of lead is the correct height to achieve the desired balance, the overall weight is a by-product.

These bullets have already been used by Lou Murdica to win a Two Gun Agg in Florida. According to Walt’s Grandson and Plant Manager, David Hamilton, these bullets will be available by March 16th.

Eric Stecker
Executive Vice President
Berger Bullets

July 30, 2011

NEW 338 and Heavy 30 cal Tactical Bullets

Filed under: Announcements — Michelle Gallagher @ 7:50 pm

For several years, we’ve been asked a few questions over and over again on nearly a daily basis. Two of those questions are, “When will Berger make a 338 cal bullet that I can shoot as fast as I want?” and “When will Berger make a heavier 30 cal bullet?” (until now 210 grain was out heaviest option).

Even though we have wanted to make these bullets for as long as shooters have been asking for them, we had been unable to make them because our machines did not have the stroke length capacity to make bullets this long. Fortunately, we were successful in custom building our latest generation, bullet making machine. This new machine gives us the ability to make bullets all the way up to 50 cal. (Before you start asking for 50 cal, I will say we are working on it but don’t expect to see this bullet until next year at the earliest.)

When the machine was completed, we used it to make bullets that were known performers because we wanted to prove that it was capable of holding the same dimensional tolerances as our other machines. We were thrilled to learn that it does this very well. So the next step was to get tooling and materials for these heavier bullets. This is no small or inexpensive endeavor. It is also common that when you are committed to top performance, things don’t always work out as planned.

After a rocky introduction of the Gen I, 338 cal 300 gr Hybrid Target, we went back to the “lab”. When we resolved the velocity sensitive issues with the Gen I, 338 cal bullets, we learned how to make bullets for our Tactical line that could handle the abuse of active duty applications. Even though these particular bullets can be shot in any case (for which they are appropriately sized for and safely loaded), they were specifically designed for the war fighter and law enforcement tactical shooters. Bryan Litz optimized these bullets for use in the 338 Lapua Mag and the 300 Win Mag. This allows them to be loaded to fit in the magazines of common tactical rifles using these cases, while at the same time providing the greatest ballistic performance available.

The great news is that in our continuing collaboration between Berger’s ballistician Bryan Litz and our ability to bring his designs to life, we have produced bullets that have the highest BC in their class (for now). I know that some shooters will say that BC isn’t everything and I understand their point. However, when this high BC design which is purposefully set up to be easy to tune (Hybrid) is combined with our J4 jackets and precision manufacturing process, you not only get a bullet that retains more velocity (shoots flatter and is less effected by the wind) better than any other bullet, you also get the ability to hit where you expect it to (precision) consistently. In the end, you have two bullets with the highest potential for accuracy at all ranges than any other bullets on the planet (in their respective calibers).

After many years of being asked, “When will the 338 cal and heavier 30 cal bullets going to be available from Berger?”, it is my pleasure to be able to provide the answer that we have been working hard towards for a long time. The answer to that question is, “Now!” Introducing for your enjoyment, the NEW Berger 338 cal 300 gr Hybrid OTM Tactical and the NEW Berger 30 cal 230 gr Hybrid OTM Tactical. Both of these bullets are in stock and available now for a test drive in your 30 cal and 338 cal rifles.

Eric Stecker
Executive Vice President
Berger Bullets

May 6, 2011

Redding’s NEW Bullet Seating Micrometer Plugs for Berger VLD Bullets

Filed under: Announcements, Making it Shoot — Michelle Gallagher @ 12:31 pm

I am excited to announce that in Redding’s 2011 Product Catalog, they have listed as one of their latest products a line of Bullet Seating Micrometers, which includes plugs made specifically for the Berger VLDs. These Seating Micrometers can be used in their dies, which are ½-20 thread (which I believe they use in all of their standard bullet seating dies).

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These items are a component (or part) of the bullet seating die. These are not the dies themselves. It is the top portion of the die that contains the plunger, which pushes the bullet into the case. The shooters will know which of the “Old Plugs” they are currently using, and can use the chart above to determine which is the appropriate Berger VLD plug replacement.

We have confirmed with Redding that each of the new micrometer plugs in the VLD group were designed based on Berger VLD bullets. We provided all of our VLD bullets to Redding, from which they took deliberate measurements and made these new plugs. This is news that needs to be shared with anyone shooting Berger VLD bullets. This information can also be see on Redding’s website at:

It is important to understand that many shooters have problems getting the VLD bullets to shoot because of the bullet seater die they are using. The VLD noses are so long and sharp that in many dies, the tip of the bullet bottoms out in the bullet seater stem instead of touching on the side of the ogive like it should. Bottoming out on the tip produces seating depth inconsistencies that can vary up to .025. The worst part is that many shooters have no idea that this is the root cause of their poor performance. This new product can help turn a frustrating shooting experience into an enjoyable one.

Spread the word!!

Eric Stecker

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