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April 2011 Barnes Bullet-N

Randy Brooks Message:  

My father, Charles Robert “Bob” Brooks, 84, died peacefully on April 2, 2011 at his home in Lehi, Utah after a courageous 4 ½ year battle against cancer. Three years ago they gave him a week to live, and we have cherished the time we have had with him since then. He has been weak, but bright, so it was a bit unexpected.

Although he played more behind the scenes at Barnes, he and my mother were a critical part of this company’s success. Not only did they loan money for the initial purchase, but they worked in production as needed until the business could afford to hire employees. At the ground breaking of the Mona building, “Big Bob” turned over the ceremonial first shovel-full of dirt. He was a regular at industry trade shows for many years, specifically SHOT Show and SCI Reno. He was a friend to many and his presence has been missed. He loved to hunt, fish, camp and spend time with his family and friends. Had it not been for my parents, Bob & Beverly Brooks, and Coni’s parents, Ferrin and Velda Bennett, Barnes Bullets may well have not been here today. We are ever thankful to have had such outstanding support for so many years.

Bob & Beverly Brooks at the Mona, Utah groundbreaking

Mona, Utah groundbreaking ceremony. Bob Brooks stands proudly
in front with his granddaughter, Jessica, on his arm

Safari Club International Show, 2006, Reno, NV
Bob Brooks, far right

The family is holding up well and we are grateful that he was not in pain when he went. We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. His obituary is as follows:

Bob was born in Lehi on March 15, 1927 to Arreva May Gurney and Charles William Brooks. At a very young age, it became necessary for him to help support the family by working at odd jobs and picking turnips in the summer months. These difficult times developed his strong work ethic and gratitude for all that he had. He was never one to complain, which is exemplified in one of his favorite sayings: “I wish I had that one and they had a better one.”

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, Bob, joined the Navy and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Wasp. He was on active duty in both the Pacific and Atlantic waters. The Wasp is credited for shooting down the last Kamikaze airplane of WWII, and for bringing a great number of our troops serving in Europe back home to American soil. Following the war, he returned home and married his sweetheart, Beverly Graff, in American Fork on February 27, 1946. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS temple on February 17, 1956.

Bob’s dedication and generosity was reflected in every aspect of his life. He was highly respected by his co-workers in the Open Hearth at US Steel for 40 years. He dedicated 20 years to youth baseball, coaching his four boys, nephew and countless other young men in the Western Boys Baseball league. He was an active member and High Priest in the LDS Church where he and Beverly also served as stake missionaries. Much of his life was dedicated to various callings within the ward and stake. “Our father was a generous and thoughtful man”, which is reflected in every aspect of his life. His legacy will continue on forever thru the lives of his children, grandchildren and others he mentored.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, five children – four sons and one daughter: LaMar Robert (Sally) Brooks of Spanish Fork, Randy Charles (Coni) Brooks of Mona, Robert George and Les Graff Brooks of Lehi, and Ginger Ethel Pickering (David) of Arlington, Texas, 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, a sister, Bette Lou Walker, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one grandson and one sister.

A viewing will be held at Anderson and Sons Mortuary in American Fork on Friday, April 8th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Funeral services are Saturday, April 9th at 11:00 AM at the LDS 8th Ward in Lehi, Utah. Graveside will be at American Fork cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following organizations on his behalf:


Make checks payable:

To: Lehi City
Memo line: Bob Brooks Youth Baseball

Mail to:

Lehi City
Attn: Matt Godfrey
123 North Center Street
Lehi, UT 84043


Make checks payable:

To: Big Game Forever
Memo line: Bob Brooks Memorial

Mail to:
Big Game Forever
PO Box 540644
N. Salt Lake, UT 84054


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Coni’s Corner:  

These last few months have been nothing but trade shows. ‘Tis the season – and they keep everyone in the shooting industry very busy. We just returned from the IWA show in Germany and are nearing the end of the show season with the upcoming NRA Show the end of April. We will then get back to much needed regular office duties.

This year has brought a few challenges with the #1 issue being the rising cost of copper and other metals. The rising costs have forced many in the industry to raise their prices on components and ammunition. We certainly don’t like the idea of having to do the increases but unfortunately we have no other choice. Our only hope is that the costs stabilize soon. Therefore, effective May 1st, the Barnes online store pricing for components only will increase 5%.

On another note a friend of ours had lucked out this year in getting a cougar tag in the area where we live. He contacted me not too long ago and said they had seen cougar tracks 100 yards behind our home. Our home is situated close to the base of the mountain range of Mt. Nebo where there has been much cougar activity.

We all know we have cougar in our area but to know that one was in extremely close proximity to the house made me realize that I better start packin’ when I go outside!!! I chuckled as I mentioned this to Randy. Shortly after that comment I was out back of the house on the lawn letting my little Yorkie pup do her business when I noticed some tracks a little ways from where I was standing that looked a little too big to be mule deer. As I got closer, I realized that they were cougar tracks and then realized more, I really needed to be packin!!!

I left to go out of town for a show in Texas and received an email from our friend that had a picture of a cougar he had taken. It said – got the cougar about a mile from your house – That was it.

“Wow, that is a big cougar!” I stated with my return email response. “How Big?”

Rob said he killed the cat with a M94 30-30 Winchester with open sites that he had brought as a back-up gun. He was shooting the 150-gr. TSX FN and said it put him down immediately. The bullet hole you can see in the photo in the cats shoulder is the exit wound. It is just a little bigger than the entrance wound, and everything else in between was completely devastated. The cat died instantly – he had no idea what hit him. He is 7′-plus and around 160 lbs. There are plenty of cats in this area, and I was real glad Rob got one. He was very excited as well.

On a sales note, I just want to make sure everyone is aware of our new 2011 offerings. Match Burners. LRX and 30 new VOR-TX Ammunition sku’s. VOR-TX now has a Safari line and handgun line along with quite a few additional centerfire rifle products.

You can check all these new offerings out on our website –

As always if you have any questions, please feel free to call. We are always happy to help in any way we can and appreciate your membership in Club-X.

Have a wonderful Easter Holiday.

Coni Brooks

Barnes’ Tips, Tools, and Techniques

We are hearing from more and more folks that are starting to hand load. The high cost of ammunition and the ability to build a load to fit your rifle make it very appealing. I’m going to take some time today and revisit some of the basics. This should be a good review even for some of those seasoned hand loaders.

This month’s topic is bullet seating. We’ll talk about COAL (cartridge overall length – also referred to as OAL) and how it relates to load density. We’ll also discuss distance off the lands (rifling) and how to measure it with an OAL gauge.

Load density as measured by Barnes is the amount of space consumed by the powder after the bullet has been seated to a specific COAL. By seating the bullet to a longer COAL, you increase the available space in the case and your load density goes down. As an example, some of the load data listed by Barnes may show a load density of 95%, but by seating the bullet longer you may actually have a load density that is possibly 90%. The suggested COAL’s in our current manual are listed as tested in our ballistics lab, and in many scenarios the COAL could be lengthened or shortened to accommodate a variety of circumstances.

We find most factory rifles give best accuracy when the all copper bullets are seated between .030” and .070” from the lands. We like to suggest starting at .050” off the lands and you can adjust the seating depth in .010” increments to tune the load. Varmint Grenade and lead core bullets tend to provide best accuracy when seated from .005” to .020” from the lands. Depending on the rifle you might need to adjust the COAL to fall within these parameters.

Rifles that are excluded from this recommendation typically have a long throat, otherwise referred to as free-bore in the front of the rifle’s chamber. Weatherby cartridges are a good example. In this case seating a bullet .050” from the lands may leave very little if any of the bullet to be held by the neck of the cartridge. For these type of rifles you can refer to the COAL or SAAMI Min and Max specification as listed in the manual.

Measuring the distance to the lands is easy as pie with an OAL gauge. Start by removing the bolt from the rifle. Check to make sure it isn’t loaded. Insert the OAL gauge with the appropriate modified case and the bullet of choice.

Push the sliding rod through the gauge which in turn pushes the bullet into the lands.

Use the locking knob to freeze the sliding rod in place and remove the assembly.

Measure with a caliper. This is the distance to the lands with that particular bullet. Different bullets will require a new measurement.

Thanks for buying Barnes! Your patronage is appreciated!

Ty Herring
Barnes consumer Service-Lead Tech

Success Story

Jim Boyer

Above is a picture of an Oryx from my recent trip to Africa. I took nine animals with nine shots from my 300 Ultra Mag., shooting 180-gr. Triple Shocks. The two bullets we recovered showed big mushrooms and perfectly formed petals. I have been using Triple Shocks exclusively for many years now and I have never been disappointed. They are accurate, hit hard and track true through the animals. Thanks for the great product.

Best regards,

Jim Boyer

Recipe of the Month

Moose Meatloaf

1 – lb ground moose

1 – 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 – Cup oatmeal

1 – Egg

1/2 – Med onion chopped

1/2 – Med bell pepper chopped

2 – Tbsp parsley

1 – Tsp Salt

1 – Tsp Pepper

1 – Tsp Sugar

A pinch of Rosemary sprigs

Combine all ingredients in bowl. Mix well. Press into 9x9x2 loaf pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Great served with mashed potatoes.

Barnes News


Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart of Chicora, PA is the winner of the Gun Slicker™ | Rifle Protection featured in the March newsletter. Mark enjoys hunting, collecting guns, building guns, reading and riding motorcycles. Thanks for being a member of the Barnes Club-X Mark!

Prize for April

Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition

BARNES® VOR-TX™ Ammunition – precision loaded with the deadliest bullets on the planet. The leader in bullet innovation offers hunters the ultimate in accuracy, terminal performance and handloaded precision in a factory loaded round. The whirling, destructive power™ of Barnes’ all-copper bullet’s PERformance leaves lead-core bullet DEformance in the dust.

Offering double-diameter expansion, maximum weight retention and excellent accuracy, the TSX®, Tipped TSX™ and TSX FN™ provide maximum tissue and bone destruction, pass-through penetration and devastating energy transfer. Multiple grooves in the bullet’s shank reduce pressure and improve accuracy. Bullets open instantly on contact – no other bullet expands as quickly. Nose peels back into four sharp-edged copper petals destroying tissue, bone and vital organs for a quick, humane kill.

The Club-X winner will have their choice of one box of Barnes VOR-TX ammunition (limited to stock on hand).

For more information on this prize click here.

To locate a dealer near you click here.

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

Was the Barnes Bullet company ever known by another name? If yes, what?

Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX ammunition. The posting may begin on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 am Mountain Time. Posts made before that time will not be accepted.

We will be posting this announcement on our Facebook page on Wednesday, April 13th by 7:00 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

Congratulations to Ben Franklin for guessing the correct score on the contest featured in last months newsletter. Ben won a box of 300 RUM 180-gr TTSX VOR-TX Ammunition!

Parting Shots

Above is Roger Schaefer’s phenomenal target from the Western States Muzzle Loaders Shoot this past July. Roger set a new record with this target which scored a 50-4X. The target displays a 5-shot group that was shot from a bench at 50 yards and using Barnes 290-grain TMZ bullets. This specific match allows only the fore-end of the muzzleloader to be supported by a sand bag. The back of the rifle must be held steady by the shooter. Roger used a Remington 700 muzzleloader that was fitted with a Nikon 6-12x scope and a trigger by Rifle Basix. Great shooting Roger and thanks for sharing!

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