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  1. #16
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    The true icon of Benchrest
    Your contribution was huge
    You will be missed by all
    May he rest in peace.

    Dan Lutke

  2. #17
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    The words won't come that could adequately express how I came to appreciate Walt Berger during my years of involvement in benchrest. He was a man among men to say the least !

    May God richly bless our friend Walt Berger. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family here on Earth.

    Gene Beggs

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    Walt's bullets paved my personal path to finding extreme accuracy

    Home with Eunice, RIP Walt.

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    So long Walt

    I first met Walt in October 1983 when he invited me to his home to see how he made bullets. He was set up in a small bedroom of his house in Phoenix and made bullets while we watched the World Series ball game on TV. I mentioned that he was watching TV and not looking at the bullet making and he said "Gene, it is all done by feel and if I were to hire someone to do this it could be a blind person".
    He handed me 100 62 gr. and 100 68 gr. and asked to give them a try.
    So I did a few months later at Visalia and got lucky and won both Sporter and HV Grand Aggs.
    When I drove home on Sunday night I got home at almost midnight and called him on the phone (no cell phones then).
    He answered with "Hello, who is this and what do you want at this time of the night?"
    I told him who I was asked him if he was awake then told him what had transpired at Visalia over the weekend using his bullets to which he replied " I'm awake now!"
    We talked for about an hour and thus began the beginning of a great friendship that I will cherish forever.

    My condolences to his family and friends...He will be missed!
    Gene

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    Walt, I miss you already. He was such a great help when I first started making bullets. He was so patient with me in answering all my questions and critiquing my bullets, never critical or negative. A true gentleman, I am saddened.
    Last edited by b.black; 09-21-2021 at 12:11 AM.

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    Here was a guy...

    Walt was a guy who would answer the phone and answer patiently any question one had regards bench rest shooting. He did not care if you were competing against him in a match. His answers were always the right answer.

    Men like Walt don't come along very often and the sport is less without him.

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    I first met walt and eunice in visalia back in 99. We became good friends. He got me started in bullett making and gave me priceless knowledge and info on bullet making including what dies to buy and how to get organized to be able to make a good bullet. The benchrest crowd has lost a great competitor that will be missed. He has Done so much for our sport and never ask anything in return, yes people like Walt are hard to come by. I am very fortunate to of met him and his wife. RIP my friend

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    Walt and I used to trade jokes on the internet. Ill miss him. We all will.

    RIP, Walt.



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  9. #24
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    It's with great sadness that I learn that Walt has passed away.
    RIP Walt

  10. #25
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    One of the most gracious advocates our sport has ever had! It was such a pleasure to meet him and witness his ability to both shoot and promote benchrest to everyone at the WBC 15 in Calgary. He stepped in at the last minute to fill in on U.S.A. team A for Tony Boyer and with a strange gun and no practice helped carry them to a Silver medal. I was there when he shot the .165 200 yard group to the cheers of the whole line. He graciously visited with all (and there were many) who wanted to meet him. Our condolences to Walt's family in this time of sorrow.&amp;lt;br&amp;gt;&lt;br&gt;<br>
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  11. #26
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    Wow Tony G

    GREAT pic of Walt using his charm on a pair of female RCMP officers.....

    RIP Mr. Walt Berger

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    Many years ago when I first started chasing accuracy I used to stop by Walt's little shop on Camelback Road in Phoenix. He was always willing to take the time to share his expertise and offer some valued advise.

    We are diminshed.

  13. #28
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    Very sad news

    This is very sad news indeed and a great loss for our benchrest community. Walt was one of the most knowledgeable shooters and bullet maker that I had the honour to meet and a above all a great person. Walt was also with George Kelbly Sr. behind the idea of the World Benchrest Championship that started to roll in France in 1991, thank you Walt for all you did to benchrest. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by carlosp View Post
    this is very sad news indeed and a great loss for our benchrest community. Walt was one of the most knowledgeable shooters and bullet maker that i had the honour to meet and a above all a great person. Walt was also with george kelbly sr. Behind the idea of the world benchrest championship that started to roll in france in 1991, thank you walt for all you did to benchrest. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
    i met walt in 1973 at harts range when i shot only hv i thik he lived in st louis at that time a great guy.

  15. #30
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    Rest in peace Walt
    Thoughts and prayers to his family, God Bless..

    Milt

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