New Long Range Bullets from Berger (6 mm, 6.5 mm, .22)


    Although I don’t have enough time with it yet, I think the 6.5 Creedmoor is a great round. Low recoil combined with great performance, two very important boxes for me.

    I don’t reload, and I don’t plan to. However it is interesting to see how the bullets develop in terms of technical performance.

    This bullet can, of course, be used for other cartridges than the 6.5mm Creedmoor. Like the 6.5 PRC, 260 Remington, 6.5 x 284 and 26 Nosler for instance.

    Berger Bullets: 6.5 mm 144 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target

    The new 6.5mm 144 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target™ is the latest projectile offering in our highly anticipated Long Range Hybrid Target (LRHT) product line.

    The 6.5mm 144 Grain LRHT boasts a high BC, jump-tolerant hybrid ogive profile that is Doppler Radar verified with less than 1% BC variation.

    A high Ballistic Coefficient is important for competitive shooting, but shot-to-shot consistency is the most critical aspect when engaging targets out to 1,000 yards and beyond.

    Utilizing advanced and proprietary manufacturing processes, Berger’s innovative Meplat Reduction Technology™ (MRT™) applies controlled pressure along the nose of each LRHT bullet, producing a homogeneous and repeatable profile for the industry’s most consistent Ballistic Coefficients (BC).

    The 6.5mm 144 Grain LRHT’s are tailored to cartridges such as 6.5mm Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC, 260 Remington, 6.5 x 284, and 26 Nosler, among others. The new 144 Grain LRHT compliments the industry-leading Berger 140gr Hybrid Target with an identical stability factor and improved ballistics when launched from 1:8” twist barrels.

    “The 6.5mm 144 Grain LRHT’s offer several advantages,” said Bryan Litz, Berger’s Chief Ballistician. “Its ultra-sleek profile provides a higher Ballistic Coefficient (BC) resulting in less wind drift at all ranges. Using the proprietary MRT manufacturing process also provides a higher and more consistent BC, important for reducing dispersion at long range.”

    “During our initial Doppler Radar testing we concluded that the new 6.5mm 144gr Long Range Hybrid Target bullets consistently displayed ballistic coefficients with standard deviations far less than one percent of the documented average,” says Garett Stoddard, Berger Engineer.

    “As an example to put that into a qualitative perspective with all other variables aside.

    Driven at muzzle velocities typical for today’s popular 6.5mm cartridges, that variation translates to only a 2” vertical group dispersion at 1000 yards. Clearly demonstrating the advantage of the Meplat Reduction Technology, as well as the importance of ballistic coefficient consistency and what it means to the shooter.” Our initial 20 shot Doppler radar test results below.


    The Doppler Radar Chart:


    Specifications: Berger 6.5 Creedmoor 144 gr, with pricing.


    100ct Part # 26485
    100ct MSRP 59.99
    100ct Box Weight 2.1
    100ct Box Dimensions 3.4 x 3.4 x 1.7
    Caliber 6.5 mm
    Bullet Weight 144 Grain
    Product Line Long Range Hybrid
    G1 BC 0.655
    G7 BC 0.336
    G7 Form Factor 0.879
    Minimum Twist (or faster) 1:8″
    Ogive Style Long Range Hybrid
    Base Style Boat Tail
    Jacket J4 Target Jacket
    Sectional Density 0.295
    Bullet Dia. 0.264
    OAL 1.413
    Base to Ogive 0.724
    Nose Length 0.742
    Bearing Surface 0.469
    Boat Tail Length 0.188

    The figures from Berger in a picture:


    Below you can see the other new bullets, like the 6mm 109 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target Bullets and the 22 Caliber 85.5 Grain Long Range Hybrid Target Bullets.


    You can find a direct link to Berger Bullets here. What do you think as a shooter of these calibers?

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. Owning the night would be nice too. TCCC Certified medic.