Berger Releases New F-TR Oriented Bullet – The 200.20X

Bryan Litz designed the new 200.20X bullet for the US Rifle Team (F-TR), champion shooters, and enthusiasts within the long range shooting community.

Withing the cut-throat competitive world of F-Class shooters, there exists a sub-class dedicated for the two common military calibers, .223 Remington / 5.56 NATO and .308 Winchester. F-TR, which stands for “F-Class, Tactical Rifle”. F-TR tends to stretch the legs of both calibers, typically taking them well past their “normal” transonic ranges, which has led to a bit of a proverbial arms race.


Test group at 1000 yards fired by a member of the U.S. Rifle Team (F-TR).

Working with competitive F-TR shooters and the US F-TR rifle team, Berger has been hard at work looking to give those shooters every advantage possible. Working with them, Berger has updated their 200 grain Hybrid round with subtle changes:

Compared to the standard 200 grain Hybrid Target, the 200.20X has a longer boat tail, longer nose, and a shorter bearing surface. These design differences have two major impacts. For one, the longer nose and tail of the 200.20X allow the bullet to fly with less drag and a higher BC, which means fewer points lost to wind. The BC of the new 200.20X is 4% higher than the existing 200 grain Target Hybrid (G7 BC of 0.328 vs. 0.316).

New 200.20X Hybrid (left) and original 200 grain Hybrid (right).

New 200.20X Hybrid (left) and original 200 grain Hybrid (right). Its hard to see the difference!

The features help the 200 grain round work to stretch its legs as far as possible. The shorter bearing surface reduce the contact from the bullet to the rifling, reducing friction which in turn increases velocity. Per Berger, the shorter bearing surface also makes the round easier to load for “standard chambers”, no special reamer required.

The round has been selected by the US F-TR Rifle team as their official bullet. Berger will support the team with a $1.00 donation for every box of bullets purchased by the retail marketing. The $1.00 goes to team expenses for the 2017 World Championships in Ottawa, Canada. Retail is set at $63.40, with availability as “coming soon.”

The round requires 1:10 twist for full stability and maximum performance, but Berger states that 1:11 will work in a pinch, just with a “minor decrease in BC.”


Bryan Litz designed the new 200.20X bullet for the US Rifle Team (F-TR), champion shooters, and enthusiasts within the long range shooting community.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Precious Mettle

    Do you people do any research at all before you hit publish on this stuff? Or is it just a press release republishing service?

    F-TR does not stand for ‘Tactical Rifle’. It stands for Target Rifle. The class is intended to be shot with Palma (US) or Fullbore (Commonwealth) iron sighted, prone target rifles that have been scoped – hence the limitation of .223 or .308, the only legal chamberings for that class of prone competition.

  • Exoskeleton

    Sure looks good! Though Nathan, I doubt that the shorter bearing surface is going to increase velocity due to the smaller surface area as friction force is not a function of surface area. My opinion is that they had to make the bearing surface shorter for other reasons (as mentioned), thus it is more of a result of the design.

    • Guygasm

      The statement of velocity increase due to reduced bearing area and therefore friction is directly from Berger’s announcement. Note that the Coulomb model of friction to which you are referring is strictly empirical and not a true law that captures the very complex physical interactions that can take place in every case. It is not an accurate approximation in some systems. Not saying that is the case here, but very well could be, and I would give Berger the benefit of the doubt without further looking into it (assuming it’s not just a marketing error).

    • ostiariusalpha

      “…as friction force is not a function of surface area…”

      Yeah, except in this case it actually is.

      You’re thinking of the simple friction model where a mono-directional force (gravity) is applied to an object you are trying to slide on a surface. If you try to shift the object on one of its smaller surface areas, you just end up with the same amount of weight applied more intensely on the area of contact, thus cancelling out any reduced friction. So in the simple model, you get the same friction however you try to orient the object.

      Sadly, that simple model does not apply to bullets in a rifle bore. The force is not from mono-directional gravity, but is radial from the bullet’s own internal material composition, it’s yield strength. So increasing the surface area does not decrease the local amount of friction, and decreasing the surface does not increase it. Instead, local friction stays constant and overall friction scales directly with surface area.

      Never forget, there are always plenty of exceptions to any simple model.

      • Guygasm

        I’m guessing it is negligible, but are you aware of any noticeable velocity impact from reduced bearing area requiring less force to engrave a bullet on the rifling?

        • ostiariusalpha

          Like I wrote, it scales directly to surface area. So, a 25% decrease in surface contact equals a 25% decrease in friction. Your velocity increase can be calculated from that. Of course, there is also a minimum surface area needed to stabilize the bullet in the bore, but I don’t know how small that is off hand.

          • Guygasm

            Sorry, I was referring to the actual act of engraving, initially deforming the bullet/jacket to the rifling, not the friction that occurs down the entire barrell.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Ah, gotcha’. Engraving is slightly complicated by the ogive profile, but it should mesh pretty closely to the general ratio of barrel friction. Though this brings up an important point, you want the shank to be long enough that it has engaged the transition from throat to rifling before it exits the case mouth completely so that you maintain your gas seal. That might put a lower limit on how small of a surface area you can have for a given chamber design.

          • gunsandrockets

            I suspect it is a significant factor. I know of the pre-engraved driving-band which was a feature that made the early American RCL guns practical weapons.

      • Exoskeleton

        Thanks for correcting me. Always fun to learn something new… concerning firearms!

        • Blake

          Oh both of you can just –edited– right off. This is the internet, you’re supposed to be cussing at each other and recalling various female relatives that you’ve sullied, not having cogent and polite conversation.

  • I sure would like to see more maturity and civil discussions!

  • Language Blake—Disqus grabbed it right away. I don’t know anything about video ads. It’s not my ballpark but which ads do you mean? Right above the comments maybe?

    • Blake

      The Scion ads, they’re everywhere and they replay nonstop.

  • RSG

    For all you precision shooters- clearly the configuration of this bullet is different from “off the shelf” components or even match grade ammo. It flies flatter and is designed to stay super sonic at greater distances. If all this is true (I have complete faith in Berger products), than why aren’t these adopted by the military or individuals therein for our long range guys? Normally, our snipers are using 168gr pills. Are these 200gr bullets even compatible with our LRP equipment? Thanks to anyone who takes a few minutes to educate me.

    • Peeholestinger

      My guess is that loading the bullet into factory ammo would exceed OAL limits of SAAMI Spec. That and the military doesn’t move that quickly so it would be years before it got into the hands of our snipers.

      • John Daniels

        Given the short bearing surface, long nose, and very long overall bullet length, I think shooters will be lucky to get this into the 2.96″ COAL of AICS magazines. This definitely will not fit in any SAAMI spec 2.8″ magazines.

        I can’t say for sure, but this might even be a single load only proposition, even for the guys using AICS magazines.

        200 grains is really pushing the upper end for .308 Winchester.

        BTW, M118LR uses a 175 grain bullet, not 168.

  • OBlamo Binlyen

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  • Blake damn man I don’t know how many times I have to say this but those of us who write articles and run the blog not only don’t have anything to do with the ads when you first see them is when we first see them. The main office handles all of that not us.

    I’m sure not sticking up for those ads but the bills have to be paid. I

    • Blake

      I suppose it’s a good thing then that my comment wasn’t replying to your comment.