Testimonial from Mike McDonald, President of Performance Shooting, on Berger bullets:
I use the Berger VLD Target, Item# 26401, in my 6.5 Creedmoor 140gr, thru my Savage model 12 LRP. I’ve gotten numerous five shot groups at 100 yards at 1/10″ and 2/10″ and average 3/10″. This Savage is factory stock and has a Sightron 10-50x60mm scope mounted on it. I’m shooting off a Sinclair Bi-pod and a heavy leather rear bag. I’ve achieved groups at 200 yards at .50″ and at 300 yards of 1.33″, I’ve yet to test these bullets at distances past 300 yards.
Mike McDonald, President of Performance Shooting
When using Berger Bullets, the serious rifle shooter can be confident of the fact that the “SHOOT BETTER, SHOOT BERGER” slogan we use is based on fact rather than marketing hype. Sure we are proud of our bullets and the efforts it takes to make them. However, there are very real science based reasons why Bergers are actually better. The points below are both factual tolerances and dimensions, or policies and procedures that we use to ensure our highest quality reputation.
We use only the highest quality copper and lead available to eliminate impurities or other material issues. Our material vendors have been in their industry for decades. We have regular meetings at their facility and ours to refresh our mutual understanding of our highest material quality requirements.
History of Berger Bullets
Walt Berger started making rifle bullets in 1955 because he believed he could make better bullets than those that were available at the time. He regularly participated in bench rest shooting competitions (and still does today), which requires the highest levels of precision in all components. In 1987, Walt grew his bullet making operation beyond a part time hobby after encouragement from his second wife Eunice (Walt lost his first wife Mary to cancer). Together, they grew the business into a large scale precision rifle bullet making operation.In 2000, Walt sold Berger Bullets to Spiveco Inc. This move merged Walt’s skill at building rifle bullets with the company that produced the J4 Precision bullet jackets utilized in all Berger Bullets. The plan was for Spiveco to provide additional resources to further grow the Berger operation in Phoenix, Arizona.
Unfortunately, Spiveco fell on hard economic times. The owner of Spiveco was compelled to shut down the Phoenix operation, terminate all of Berger’s employees (except for Walt and Eunice, who stayed on as consultants but remained in Phoenix) and move everything to Fullerton, California. Within a few years, Spiveco’s financial hardships forced them to liquidate all of their assets.
In 2003, the Sheeks family acquired Spiveco’s assets, which included a much diminished version of the Berger Bullets operation. The Sheeks family has a long history of precision metal stamping, but they were not familiar with the bullet making process and the firearms market. They needed someone in Fullerton to focus on growing Berger back to prominence. Walt suggested they rehire Eric Stecker, who was the former Plant Manager of the Phoenix, Arizona operation.
In 2004, Eric Stecker rejoined the Berger team; and with over a decade of Walt’s training and direct guidance, Eric put Berger Bullets on a path to regain its reputation as the gold standard for rifle bullet manufacturing within the entire bullet making industry. Tragically, also in 2004, Eunice succumbed to a brain tumor, preventing her from witnessing how her foresight and dedicated efforts would result in what Berger Bullets has become today.
Today, Berger Bullets continues to grow its operation in Fullerton, California under the ownership of the Sheeks family and the guidance of Walt, Eric, Bryan Litz and David Hamilton. Bryan Litz is an accomplished aeronautics engineer with a lifelong passion for small arms projectiles. He joined the Berger team in 2008. Bryan has written several books on external ballistics and is regarded as the top expert in this field. David is Walt’s grandson and former Production Manager of the Phoenix, Arizona operation. David rejoined the Berger team in 2010 and has taken Berger’s day-to-day production quality standards to new heights. Together, the management group has built a highly trained and skilled team who daily produce the most consistent, Match Grade* rifle bullets in the world and also provide world class service to those who resell and shoot Berger Bullets.
<em>*At Berger, we make rifle bullets used for Target, Varmint, Hunting and Tactical shooting applications. In these four application specific lines, ALL of our Berger Bullets are made to Match Grade standards. Making our bullets to Match Grade standards means that we are using the highest quality materials, tightest tolerance tooling and most importantly, an inflexible commitment to attention to detail in the manufacturi</em><em>ng process.</em>
Performance Shooting is proud to be an authorized dealer for Berger bullets. We carry their Target, Varmint and Hunting bullets and most of our orders are shipped the same day. Be ready for hunting season and order today. If you have any questions about which Berger product is the right one for your situation, please call Mike at 518-483-5241.