October 9th, 2019
New Higher-BC 85.five grain .224-Caliber Bullet from Berger
This could be huge news for F-TR and Palma competitors, exactly where cartridge alternatives are restricted to .223 Rem and .308 Win. Berger is introducing a NEW, pretty higher-BC, 22-caliber Lengthy Variety Hybrid Target Bullet. Stated Ballistic Coefficents (BCs) are: .524 G1 and .268 G7. That is close to the top rated amongst .22-cal bullets and tends to make this 85.five grain projectile a pretty viable lengthy-variety alternative. Want to attempt some? These need to be offered pretty quickly. Pre-order now from Creedmoor Sports, MidwayUSA, and other vendors.
This new 85.5gr bullets boast smaller sized, much more uniform meplats, providing them a larger lengthy-variety BC. The meplat enhancement is accomplished with “Meplat Reeduction Techonolgy” (MRT). Berger Engineer Garett Stoddard, who spearheaded the MRT project, explains: “Every bullet nose is formed with optimal swage stress determined by force alternatively of length. In addition to lowering a projectile’s drag by shrinking its meplat diameter, this approach requires the inherent meplat inconsistencies that plague OTM style projectiles and brings them closer to the rotational axis. This is a important element to the constant balance of the bullet in flight.” The new 85.5s, like all other Berger projectiles, produced with precise Berger/J-four bullet jackets which boast +/- .0003″ jacket TIR (total indicated runout).
7-Twist Barrels Propose for new 85.5gr MRT Berger
The 85.5gr Lengthy Variety Hybrid Target Bullet’s G7 BC of .268 is accomplished with optimal stability from a 1:7″-twist barrel. Berger says “Excellent accuracy may possibly also be attained with 1:8″-twist rifle barrels, resulting in a slightly decreased BC value”.
Initial Test Benefits Are Quite Optimistic
A third celebration tester, shooting the new 85.five-grainer in Arizona, reported fantastic functionality at 1000 yards: “The projectile performed exceptionally effectively at 1000 yard in spite of only getting driven to ~2800 to 2850 fps. This projectile is clearly competitive at 1000 yards in a Palma rifle as tested. With a slightly longer throat and a more quickly-twist barrel, I am confident the 85.five Hybrid would be a viable alternative for these seeking to shoot .223 Rem in Lengthy Variety competitions.”
Meplat Reduction Technologies Enhances Shot-to-Shot Consistency
Berger says: “Utilizing sophisticated and proprietary manufacturing processes, Berger’s revolutionary Meplat Reduction Technologies (MRT) Program applies controlled stress along the projectile nose, making a homogeneous and repeatable bullet profile for the industry’s most constant Ballistic Coefficients (BC). When a higher BC is desirable to competitive shooters, shot-to-shot BC consistency is essential when engaging targets to 1000 yards and beyond.”
Tags: 85.five Berger Hybrid, Berger Bullets, Berger MRT, Meplat Reduction Technologies