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Berger Bullet Availability

#1 Postby AlanF » Mon May 11, 2009 9:34 pm

I had a spare hour in Melbourne today so called in at Victorian Arms/Parabellum Imports. For those who aren't aware, Parabellum Imports are now the sole distributers for Berger projectiles in Australia. I had heard some concerns from F-Open shooters about supply problems so decided to find out what Parabellum had in stock, and what was coming. I regret to say that they seem to be close to or completely out of all projectiles of interest to us. I spoke with the Manager of Parabellum, and was able to have a friendly and honest discussion about the situation. One problem has been that their US export licence had lapsed, and required jumping through many hoops to renew - I understand that has now been addressed. But the main concern is that they are not familiar with F-Class shooting, and do not know which target projectiles to order in quantity.

So, I suggested that I do some information gathering on this Forum, to find out which projectiles are of interest, and even try to estimate quantities, and pass this back to them. They are very keen to get this information, and I believe they will make an effort to act on it, by ordering decent quantities of the projectiles which we want.

Here is a link to the Berger page for target projectiles - note that the BCs are now more "honest" than they used to be, and can now be compared "apples with apples" with the likes of Sierra. What I would like F-Open shooters to do is say which projectiles they would be interested in, and have a stab at how many they might need over the next couple of years. And could you also talk to other F-Open shooters who won't see this, and get some feedback from them?

I can say now that I would be interested in the 6.5mm 140gn BT (Pt No 26409) and would order at least 1000 of them over the next 2 years.

BTW please include the projectile Part Nos (right hand column) from the Berger website.

I hope no-one sees any problem with my organising this. You'll just have to believe me when I say there is no under the table financial advantage - I just think it would be a shame if we got to lose Berger projectiles as a realistic option.

Thanks for any contributions to this. I'll leave it open for a fortnight to give you time to talk to others.


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#2 Postby BATattack » Mon May 11, 2009 10:05 pm

hi alan!
fantastic idea! if it helps get a more consistant supply of quality projectiles then i hope more people can get on board.

i would take 2000 6.5 130VLD and 200 6.5 140VLD's pet year.

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#3 Postby Cookie » Mon May 11, 2009 11:32 pm

well if things go to plan i will be doing alot of shooting over the next few years so with that in mind i would be looking at
1000-1500 6mm 108BT (24431)
or maybe the 6mm 115VLD (24430) per year
plus i better not forget the 308 155 :D

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#4 Postby ned kelly » Mon May 11, 2009 11:47 pm

G'Day Alan,
it seems a shame that we had a aussie supplier (who is an active LR & SR shooter) bringing in Berger Bullets in qty of what we needed but now is no longer the case and the new supplier appears to be clueless as to the Aussie target shooters require in the berger bullet line! :shock:

So much for proper market research before offering a product for sale! And only now is asking for our help in what lines to stock.......... :roll:

Nevertheless, all gripes aside, I'm definately interested in the following bullets.....
#24411 68gn 6mm match
#24427 95gn Match Target VLD
#24428 105gn Match Target BT
#24429 105gn Match Target VLD
#24431 108gn Match Target VLD

Cheerio Ned

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#5 Postby VickiMcc » Tue May 12, 2009 3:23 am

Sounds good to me

Whats the pricing like??? Do you know?

Oh, dont forget the new 100gn 6mm bullet recently announced by Berger

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#6 Postby a.JR » Tue May 12, 2009 8:37 am

30 cal 210 Berger = 88 cents ea + post ,thats over a $100 a box by the time it gets to me !..JR..Jeff Rogers

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#7 Postby AlanF » Tue May 12, 2009 10:23 am

VickiMcc wrote:Sounds good to me

Whats the pricing like??? Do you know?

Oh, dont forget the new 100gn 6mm bullet recently announced by Berger


I'll wait until we know which ones we want, then ask for a price list. There is a possibility they may set their pricing according to what we can afford to pay - otherwise they won't sell any :D . I explained to them that we use a swag more projectiles in a year than your average hunting reloader, so pricing is important. I don't see why we should be paying much more than Sierra and the likes - Berger are only slightly dearer in the US.

Regarding the 100gn 6mm, if you can find out a Part No, and you want some, then we'll put them on the list.


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#8 Postby IanP » Tue May 12, 2009 1:30 pm

Alan, I would be buying 1000 x 6.5mm 130gr VLDs. So add another 1000 of the 130s to the list. There are a few shooting this projectile in SA so maybe 3-4000 of the 130s would be required.

Hope this helps Parabellum order enough of what we want in F-Class and its a damn good idea helping them know what stock to get.


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#9 Postby Simon C » Wed May 13, 2009 10:05 am

Gday Alan,

these are my requirements:

#24429 105gn Match Target VLD
#24431 108gn Match Target VLD
"Aim small, miss small"


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#10 Postby RAVEN » Wed May 13, 2009 1:01 pm

The Braund Boys Requirements would be
24 month period

168Gr 7mm VLD 1000 (28401)

180Gr 7mm VLD 3000 (28405)

105Gr 6mm VLD 2000 (24429)

115Gr 6mm VLD 1000 (24430)

Would be nice if the NRAA opened up the bullet brand use in TR and F-Standard
They already allow BJD /Sierra /Hornady and Nosler Y don’t Berger get a Guernsey.


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#11 Postby Triplejim » Sun May 17, 2009 1:49 pm

As I see it, two hurdles:
1) Parabellum only deal with the trade so someone needs to aggregate the orders and open a business account with them.
2) It appears shooters want small quantities for at least 3-5 different calibers with differing bullet weights.

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re Bergers

#12 Postby btm_54 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:40 pm

1000 #27503
Its good our dollar is going north.

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Re: re Bergers

#13 Postby IanP » Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:59 pm

btm_54 wrote:1000 #27503
Its good our dollar is going north.

I gave up on waiting for Berger Bullets thru their Oz importers/distributors Parabellum. Hopefully Berger will appoint another distributor sometime soon and we all can buy their bullets for a reasonable price and be assured of sufficient stock being held.

In the meantime I have switched to Hornady Amax and Lapua Scenar bullets and suggest you take a look at other bullets as well.

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Berger bullets - are they worth the effort?

#14 Postby bartman007 » Mon Oct 05, 2009 10:23 pm

Hello Alan,

I'd be interested in trying:

#24429 105gn Match Target VLD

Would it be worth asking how much 5000 projectiles imported to Melbourne would be worth. That way we can gage if it is worth the effort.

Then if people are happy with the price, we sign up for the initial order.

As with any shop, they aren't profitable having a little of each size, so we should try to limit our request to two calibres, and two projectiles.

5000 6mm
5000 6.5mm

or whatever the forum thinks is a core use projectile?

Otherwise, should we as a group be coordinating our purchasing practises? If we order twice a year as a group, we should be able to order big and make it worth everyones while.



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#15 Postby VickiMcc » Tue Oct 06, 2009 5:14 am

Why dont you get some 105 gn VLD from Pro Cal in Geelong?

I know where you can get some Berger 108 gn if you are interested. PM me for details


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