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April 2010 Barnes Bullet-N

Randy Brooks Message:  

In no way do I consider myself an expert on politics—far from it. However, I think we can all see that a great number of our country’s citizens and elected officials are currently involved in an extreme whirlwind, and for good reason. When our politicians make decisions without the voice of the American people behind them, there is sure to be some backlash that will stir up the dust. It blows me away to witness the lack of intelligent decisions and legislation that have recently come out of our nation’s capital. Not only that, but these pieces of legislation do not appear to have been made on the basis of one, very important key factor—The Support of the American People!

The exclusion of the people’s support is currently at the root of much contention and animosity. In fact, Fox News Radio reported on March 26, that a gentleman from Nashville was so furious at seeing a political oriented bumper sticker that he plowed his SUV into the car that was displaying it. This is uncalled for and certainly not a solution, but are many of us simply at our breaking point?

So, what is the solution? We know that positive change can only come through action. Maybe it really is time for the “regular guy” to step up to these challenges. For example, Buzz Mills, owner of Gunsite, is running for Governor of Arizona. Buzz has mentioned that he is not a politician and he has never run for office. He stated in a January campaign article that is posted all over the web (,, etc.), “People are out of work, our state is going broke, and our borders are being overrun. I just can’t sit on the sidelines and do nothing.” This is what I am talking about—overcoming the doom and gloom that has swept across the country by taking action!

Every American citizen can participate and contribute at a different level. Start by focusing on local issues and continue to think on a more global scale. Figure out how to get involved in your own community by participating on school boards, city councils and state governments. If you are able, attend your city caucus meetings and maybe even run for a local office. If this is not possible for you, please support those people and organizations that do by way of even just a few dollars. I personally believe with the effort of the millions of true-blooded Americans in this country who believe in the Republic set up by our founding fathers, we can revitalize our political system and restore America’s confidence and core values that America was built upon.

Now, on a lighter note, keep having fun and enjoy life! Take advantage of the spring weather and burn up some of that powder you’ve got stock-piled. Getting some trigger time in the sun is always a good motivator and reminder of how blessed we are to live in this great country. I plan to get out there real soon myself and offer “my important and necessary services” to some of the local farmers with a little prairie dog control.

Good Shooting,


Show season is getting close to being over for Barnes Bullets. It will be good to stay at home and get caught up a little on business and personal items.

In February, we attended the Western Hunting Conservation Show here in Salt Lake City. A lot of money was raised for wildlife at the evening dinners and auctions. We had a Utah statewide mule deer tag auction off for $260,000! Now granted, that is A LOT of money and certainly not a typical price tag for a Utah Mule deer. However, we are very happy that there are those willing to pay that kind of money which will go toward enhancing the wildlife in Utah; thus making it an even better place to hunt for future generations to come.

We just recently returned from the IWA Show in Nuremberg, Germany. It is a show much like our SHOT Show here in the U.S. It was a very good show and great to learn that the international customers are positive about their sales improving and increasing.

Following IWA my daughter Jessica, my grandson and Jessica’s sister-in-law traveled to Rome. We do not normally visit places without planning a hunting trip or other business activities in conjunction with the location, but since it was a short jaunt from Germany to Italy we decided it might be fun to just tour and take in a little of the culture. We had a wonderful time! It was fun to do something outside of the work routine. Personally, I have always wanted to see the Roman Colosseum and it was amazing, to say the least.

Colosseum in Rome – Well worth the visit

Trevi Fountain in Rome – One of many beautiful sites in Rome

Finally, the NRA Annual Meetings are in Charlotte, North Carolina May 14-16th. We are certainly looking forward to seeing all of our east coast friends. It will most certainly be a great show so please make it a goal to attend if you can. I hope if you are from that area or even visiting that you’ll definitely attend and stop by the Barnes booth to say hello. Barnes has some fun activities planned particularly for this show that only the attendees will be able to participate in.

According to the calendar spring has arrived and we are all pretty happy about that. However, so far we haven’t had that many warm days and it seems that winter wants to still keep lingering. Our itchy trigger fingers have been bothersome, so we’re getting outside and shooting. Randy doesn’t leave home without his trusty old .223 and some Varmint Grenade ammo. I’m certain there are days he gets a lot done around the ranch, but I also know there is a lot of varmint and predator “patrolling” going on. I also noticed he has recently re-stocked his white spray paint supply for the steel targets. Hmmm…

My shoulder is doing pretty good after the rotator cuff, bicep tendon and tennis elbow surgery in November but there is still a little healing time required. In about another month or so, I should be able to start doing some real shooting again. Oh Happy Day!!!

Thanks as always for being our loyal customers. We do appreciate your support and we wish you a very happy Spring.

Happy Shooting!!!


Ty’s Tips

I intend to start loading exclusively Tipped TSX bullets for my 7mm Remington Magnum.

I was unable to find information about the seating depth/COAL (Cartridge Overall Length) for the 150-grain .284 Tipped TSX Boattail. If I use the non-tipped TSX load data on your website (COAL=3.240 inches), the last recessed ring is partially exposed. This is using the recommended trim-to-length of 2.490 inches on new Winchester brass. I put my 7mm Remington Magnum rounds through a Lee factory Crimp Die. Am I using that last ring on the 150-grain tipped TSX as a cannelure? Or do I need to seat it deep enough to be past that last ring?

—Scott Paschall

Hi Scott,

In a 7mm Remington Magnum, we recommend seating the 150-grain TSX and TTSX to a COAL of 3.240 inches. It is not necessary to seat the bullet past the last ring as it is not uncommon for a handloader to crimp into the second groove of a TSX or TTSX depending on the bullet and cartridge combination one has chosen. Barnes suggests that you adjust the seating depth for accuracy. Keep in mind that a particular cartridge overall length may not necessarily position the bullet .050-inch away from the rifling as we often recommend when handloading Barnes X-style bullets. Every rifle is chambered differently. However, it can be a good place to start particularly if you’re really looking to fine-tune your rifle’s accuracy. If you aren’t familiar with measuring the distance from the bullet to the rifling, Barnes recommends a COAL gauge from Sinclair International or Frankford Arsenal.

The Lee Factory Crimp Die offers a great way to crimp if you feel you need one. We don’t normally recommend crimping as it can actually hurt accuracy in some cases. The Lee crimp die can be used even if you don’t have the lip of the case mouth positioned over a groove. Be careful not to over-crimp, as this can create a bulge in the case. Pay no attention to where the grooves fall when crimping with this die. If you are using a standard roll crimp die, you need to position the lip of the case mouth over one of the grooves.

Thanks for the great question.

-Ty Herring
Barnes Bullets
Customer Service

I was hoping for some advice. Is there such a thing as a “slow barrel”? I shoot a Remington Model 700 with a 24-inch barrel chambered in 7mm Remington Magnum. The rifling has a 9.25-inch twist. I recently started reloading, and am currently working on a load for your TSX BT 150-grain bullet. I have tried five of the powders listed in the manual, including the recommended powder. The powders covered the range from faster to slower burning powders. All averaged 150-200 feet per second (fps) slower than listed, at all load charges. I also fired some factory ammunition and it, too, came out 150-200 fps slower than listed. Can you offer any information, or have you heard of anything like this before? Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

—Andrew Gravina

Hi Andrew,

I, too, have a rifle with what you might call a “slow barrel.” Some barrels just turn out that way. I think there are several schools of thought on this subject but I personally believe much of the cause could be due to a rough throat and/or possibly from the way the chamber is cut. Also, some chambers have a bit more throat or free bore cut into them which tends to decrease velocities.

Thanks for the great question.

-Ty Herring
Barnes Bullets
Customer Service

We aim to please. Reloading is a great hobby, enjoy it.

Recipe of the Month

Stuffed Elk Flank Steak

1 Large Elk Flank Steak – Tenderized

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

1/2 Cup chopped green onion

2 Tablespoon Minced Parsley

1/2 Cup Red Wine

2 cups beef stock

4 Slices hearty brown bread

1/2 Cup Whole Milk

2 Cups Finely Chopped Spinach

1/2 cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

6 Slices Bacon – Fried and Crumbled

4 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans

1 Bay Leaf

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1/2 tsp. Crushed Thyme

Rub the steak with kosher salt, pepper, and thyme and place in a large zip type bag
Add green onion, parsley, and red wine and marinate in the refrigerator overnight, basting and turning a few times.

Soak the bread in whole milk, drain and mash until smooth.
Mix the bread with spinach, cheese, bacon, and nuts.
Remove the steak out of the refrigerator and drain well.
Spread the bread and cheese mixture on the steak and roll it up. Tie the roll with butchers twine to secure it.

Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Lightly brown the roll, turning frequently so that all sides are browned.
Cover the rolled steak with beef stock and add a bay leaf.
Cover and simmer for 3 hours, drain, chill, and slice thinly before serving.

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Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Wayne Cross

For the last 30 years, Wayne has had a leather craft shop in his basement. He said he became bored with that, so he set up a knife-making shop in his garage. He makes knives from reclaimed steel that he finds in old farm equipment, saw blades and car springs. He uses his leather shop to make scabbards for the knives. He likes to shoot and spend time in the woods. He lives on Michigan’s Kewannaw Peninsula, so there are plenty of woods nearby.

-Wayne Cross

Wayne Cross is the winner of the MTM Shooting Table featured in the March newsletter.

Prize for May

The Brass Magnet®

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The Brass Magnet® makes saving expended cartridge cases a cinch. Developed by John “Andy” Anderson, a retired Sergeant Major who served 25 years with the U.S. Army Special Forces and who continues to train several tactical organizations. The Brass Magnet consists of a durable 8-1/2 by 12-foot net. Simply spread the net at the shooting site, then stand on it as you fire. The cloth mesh is sturdy enough to walk on, and durable enough to provide long, reliable service. It can be used on almost any surface—mud, snow, grass, weeds, gravel, etc. Six weighted handles keep the net in place. Velcro tabs around the perimeter allow you to fasten several Brass Magnets together to serve large shooting sites.

When the shooting session ends, just pick up the net (the handles make this easy), then dump the collected empties into a 5-gallon plastic bucket or other container. Thoroughly range tested, the Brass Magnet has retrieved more than one million expended cases ranging from .22 to .50 BMG.

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Parting Shots

This 1/4×5/8-inch five-shot cluster is the first decent group I have obtained with my .223 Remington Thompson/Center Contender. The pistol has a 14-inch barrel and was fitted with a 2.5-7x scope set at 7x magnification. I was firing 36-grain Varmint Grenades in swirling winds at a range of 50 yards.

I loaded the bullets .042-inch from the lands, creating a pretty good jump from the case mouth to the rifling. I weighed and sorted the bullets into batches 0.1 grain apart (35.9, 36.0, 36.1 grains, etc.).

This barrel likes 50-grain pills, but Randy sent me these 36-grain Varmint Grenades to try. I’m going to make this little gun a “one-holer” if it takes me all year.

Best regards,

William G. (Bill) Weisel, Barnes Advisory Staff

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