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Coni’s Corner – Self Defense & Women’s Shooting Courses

Success Story – Mozambique Croc, Hippo & Sable

Ty’s Tips – Twist Rates & Primers

You Could Win This Month’s Club-X Prize!

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Coni’s Corner

A person with true character is someone who has what it takes to weather the storms of life with integrity and come out of trials stronger than what they were before  

As I mentioned in my March column, my youngest daughter Chandra and I were going to Phoenix for a 2-day self defense handgun course at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility put on by Chuck Taylor and his amazing wife Gail. There were 12 of us there which consisted of 5 ladies and 7 men. Chandra and I shot Glock 9mm’s and Smith & Wesson Bodyguards in 380 Auto. Of course we shot our TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition. We had lots of fun and learned a lot. Pictures of that shoot are below. The video of the shoot is currently on our website.

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March 22nd, 23rd and 24th the A Girl And A Gun Club had their first conference/seminar in Waco, Texas. I had seen one of the head ladies of the club on The Mike Huckabee Show talking about the club and about the importance of women getting personal defense training. After I watched her on the show, I thought I would check out their website. I saw they had the conference coming up and wanted to learn more and get involved. I am all for helping to promote women in shooting and this seemed like a perfect format. They really haven’t been around all that long, but they have 30 chapters in 13 states and 1035 members as of the most recent count! I went to the shoot, and Barnes signed on as a sponsor. The first day was full of classes at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Waco, Texas. The next two days were spent shooting at the T.I.G.E.R. Shooting Facility in Prairie Hill, Texas. The facility normally hosts military and law enforcement agencies only, but opened up during these dates to accommodate the women’s shoot.

I would guess there were approximately 100 women at the conference. In spite of the very cold weather, we all had a wonderful time. Some ladies were new to shooting and some were quite skilled. However, it didn’t matter what level you were on – everyone had tons of fun shooting and being around other women shooters!!! I was shooting a 40 S&W and my S&W 380 Bodyguard with our new TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition.

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Coni on the range Coni & Joyce Wilson of Wilson Combat & IDPA

We are starting to ship our NEW TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition and ask you to keep your eyes out for it in your local stores. 380 Auto and 45 Auto are shipping now, 9mm to ship mid-May and 40 S&W to ship end of May. You can learn more about the TAC-XPD and other Barnes products by going to the website.


One other big announcement – the NRA launched a new women’s website on April 1st. You can visit this site at Barnes was one of first companies to jump on board. Again, anything we can do to help get more women involved in shooting and hunting the better. Please be sure to check out this new website. For you men that are reading this – be sure to tell your wife, girlfriend or friend about the site. I know they will thoroughly enjoy it.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!!!

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Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques Q&A April 2013

Question 1:
Robert B. asks:
I am a loyal fan of Barnes bullets. I killed my first elk with a Barnes Triple-Shock and she dropped on the spot. I’ve been drawn for a bull tag this year and I’ll use a .300 Win Mag. I was going to order some 180 gr TTSX bullets, however I noticed that it said best used in a barrel of 1:11 twist or faster. My model 70 is a 1:10. Is this a big deal?

Allow me to explain about barrel twist rate in a little more depth as many folks are confused about this subject. The recommendation of 1:11 barrel twist rate is referring to the rifling in the barrel making one full revolution in 11 inches. If your barrel has a 1:10 twist, then you are actually spinning the bullet 1 full revolution in a shorter distance and therefore it is a faster twist barrel. To summarize, the 1:10 twist is a faster twist barrel than a 1:11 and will work well with the .308 cal 180gr TTSX bullets.

It’s ok to over spin a bullet (within reason). However, if you under spin a bullet, it will go into a tumble and you won’t be able to hit the broad side of a barn. So you can see how important it is to have the correct barrel twist.

Question 2:
Kelsey M. asks:
So with the current shortage of reloading supplies I have a reloading question. I am reloading for my .308 Winchester. Can I use large rifle magnum primers? I am running pretty low on regular large rifle primers. If I can use the magnum primers will there be any problems I may encounter? Another question I have is in my Barnes reloading book you have MRX bullets listed but I cannot find any. I am assuming they were discontinued and the LRX bullets took their place?

You certainly can use the magnum large rifle primers as a substitution for the non-magnum primers. Depending on the powder used they may create higher pressures. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative that you start with a minimum load and work up – even if it requires re-working your existing load. With regards to the MRX bullets – they were discontinued about 2 years ago and the LRX bullets have replaced them. The LRX is much better priced and in many cases has higher BC values too.

Barnes Awards

American Rifleman’s Editor’s Choice
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VOR-TX Ammunition won the 2012 NRA American Hunter magazine’s Golden Bullseye Award for Ammunition Product of the Year! For more information about the award, click here.

Barnes VOR-TX 300 AAC Blackout 110 grain TAC-TX Ammunition awarded BEST OF SHOT ’12 by MilitaryTimes GearScout.

Barnes’ Tipped TSX is the recipient of the North American Hunting Club’s Seal of Approval. The TTSX received an outstanding 97% approval rating from the NAHC field test members. Click here to view the article.

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Success Story

Wes Reagan

Wes Reagan - 338 Win. 210 gr. TSX - Crocodile

I just wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for building the best bullet on the market. I used your .338 caliber 210-gr Barnes-X bullet on a Hippo/Nile Crocodile/Sable safari to Mozambique in the latter part of August of 2012.

Wes Reagan - 338 Win.210 gr. TSX - Hippo

All of my veteran safari friends said the .338 Win Mag was “too light” to use on Hippo & Croc, especially with the 210-gr bullet. Well, they were wrong. One shot on the Hippo bull resulted in a complete pass-thru on a side brain shot. In one ear, out the other. The PH was extremely impressed with the performance of the Barnes bullet and even said that most .375 H&H rounds do not exit with that shot. He was equally impressed with the performance on a 14’-7” croc at 100 yards. A perfect side brain shot resulted in the croc never moving anything other than his tail! Again, perfect performance. The Sable was a broadside 130 yard heart shot with complete pass-thru. The bull only made it 30 yards. Perfect performance as expected. Keep up the fantastic work.
One Very Happy Customer!
Wes Reagan

Wes Reagan - 338 Win. 210 gr. TSX Sable

Recipe Of The Month

As I’ve said before, I love Eileen Clarke’s recipe books. Her latest, Slice Of The Wild, is my favorite so far. The Field To Gambrel field care section is extremely detailed and contains a lot of just good common sense and suggestions about proper game preparation. I can’t say enough about this book, and wanted to share another delicious recipe from it this month. –Jessica Brooks-Stevens

Find Eileen Clark’s Slice Of The Wild cookbook here:

Easy Tex-Mex Pulled Venison

“The unique flavor in this dish comes from nopalitos: pickled cactus leaves. Of course, the Serrano peppers they’re picked with add to the thrill. Yes, the meat takes a long time to cook, but with two of the three major flavors coming pre-packaged, there’s not a lot of actual prep time. For moderately to very tough roasts, let this cook overnight for truly pull-apart meat. And if you’re pressed, serve the meat without the tortillas. Just don’t forget the sour cream. (As usual, I used mild taco seasoning; use hot if you use tabasco sauce like ketchup.)”

For the slow cooker:
  • 2 c prepared Bloody Mary mix (no alcohol needed)
  • 1 c. beef bouillon
  • 2 c. water
  • 2 pound neck roast (or other tough roast)
  • 2 T oil

To finish:

  • 2 red onions, sliced
  • 2 red sweet bell peppers, sliced
  • ¼ c. oil
  • 2 T Mexican seasoning mix
  • 1 to 2 c. drained nopalitos
  • 6-8 corn tortillas
  • Sour cream
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Preparation Instructions:

1. Start a 3 to 5 quart slow cooker on high, and add Bloody Mary mix, bouillon, and water. Cover the crock. Meanwhile, brown the roast on all sides in 2 T of oil over medium heat, and transfer to the slow cooker.
2. Cook for 1 hour on high, then turn the slow cooker down to low. Cook until pull-apart tender, 6-12 hours.

To finish:
1. Once tender, pull the meat apart, saving the cooking liquid. Set the meat aside. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and peppers in the oil over medium heat. Add the seasoning mix and continue cooking until the onions are tender. Add the pulled meat and enough slow cooker liquid to keep the meat looking very moist. (You may end up using more than half of the liquid.) Continue cooking until the meat is hot again, and then gently toss the nopalitos into the mix. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes until the nopalitos are hot.
2. Arrange the meat mixture on the tortillas as you would for tacos, add a dollop of sour cream and enjoy. Or make the Tex-Mex version of a grilled cheese sandwich: a pile of pulled meat, salsa, and sour cream between two tortillas, fried golden brown.

Club-X Members are invited to share favorite recipes (preferably with photos). Send to, and be sure to include “CLUB-X RECIPE” in the Subject line and get a Barnes hat if we use your recipe.

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May Club-X Prize

Club-X prize for the month of May:
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    Congratulations to April Club-X Prize Winner – Eric Jensen
    Eric is the lucky winner of the Remington Gift Box

    Parting Shot

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    Cody Plank, head guide for the Tejon Ranch, sent us these photos and his testimonial about Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition:

    Just got in the VOR-TX 300 RUM 180-gr TTSX. They shoot awesome. I have reloaded for this rifle for years, but this ammo takes away the benefit of reloading for accuracy! With the way this shoots and the performance of this ammo I feel confident shooting out to 500 yards under the right conditions.