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

Nathan S
by Nathan S
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). 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
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.

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  • Exoskeleton Exoskeleton on Sep 14, 2016

    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.

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    • Blake Blake on Sep 15, 2016

      @Phil W "Associate Editor TFB" I suppose it's a good thing then that my comment wasn't replying to your comment.

  • True Born Son of Liberty True Born Son of Liberty on Sep 14, 2016

    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.

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    • John Daniels John Daniels on Sep 16, 2016

      @Peeholestinger 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.

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