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April 2012 Barnes Bullet-N


Coni’s Corner

Women who behave, rarely make history.  

The NRA Annual Meetings are this month. The convention will be held in St. Louis, Missouri April 15th, 16th and 17th. Barnes will be there waiting for you to stop by and see us at booth #1911 (now I KNOW you all can remember THAT!) We have a FREE AMMO GIVEAWAY going on for all three days of the show. Ten winners each day (thirty winners total) get 2 FREE boxes of VOR-TX ammo (excludes VOR-TX Safari). So stop by the Barnes booth at the show and enter to win.

Also, we will be unveiling some brand new Barnes apparel and accessories, including some very cool ladies shirts, that will be shown at the convention for the very first time. We will also have an array of men’s shirts, caps, beanies, shooting bags, Paracord bands and a Cold Steel knife with the Barnes logo etched on the sheath. We are excited about these accessories and we’ll have plenty for sale in all sizes at the show.

Of important note, Friday morning (the first day of the show) we will be accepting the American Hunter’s Golden Bullseye Award for Ammunition Product of the Year. We are extremely proud of our VOR-TX Ammunition and feel honored that American Hunter is presenting us with this prestigious and important award.

On another note, on Saturday, March 17th Randy and I were excited to attend the signing of Utah Senate Bill (USB) 245 entitled Mule Deer Recovery Act and USB 87 Predator Control Funding by Utah Governor Gary Herbert. These two pieces of legislation will increase coyote control funding by $1.25 Million a year in Utah: $500,000 comes from a $5 dollar license fee increase, and $750,000 comes from General Sales Tax revenue from the State of Utah. In total, nearly $2 Million annually will be invested to control coyotes and rebuild mule deer herds. Our very good friend Don Peay, founder of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (SFW), praised Herbert and said the bills would be effective at increasing the size of deer herds. Don stated “We feel there will be enough money now to make a difference for mule deer recovery!” SFW and other groups will be providing additional significant funds to this effort as well.

The event was held at Hoyt Archery and Easton Technical products facility in Salt Lake City. On hand was Utah State Senator Ralph Okerlund, Utah Senator David Hinkins and House of Representatives Kay McKiff, the lead legislative sponsors. A special thanks also to Senators Allen Christensen and Margaret Dayton, and Representative Mike Noel as well. Many SFW volunteers and chapter leaders were on hand, along with Randy Walk, President of Hoyt and many Hoyt employees.

Rural legislators who attended the bill signing spoke nostalgically of the 1960s when mule deer were plentiful and tens of thousands more hunters streamed in to hunt them. “This is a targeted bill — it targets fawning areas,” McIff said. “It targets the areas where lambs go after birth. It’s designed not to eradicate but to control. We can live side by side with Wile E. Coyote at some level but not the level that now exists.

Don Peay stated “We’ve done a lot of habitat work, highway work; we’d done the research; we’ve done the studies, this will be the last thing that makes us go from a declining deer herd to one of the best deer herds in the world.”

We are proud as always to be a part of this important piece of legislation and are looking forward to growing Utah’s deer herds.

-Coni Brooks

April Special

Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

For April we are going to wrap up our virtual tour in the packaging area. Packaging is the last stop before bullets are shipped to your favorite retailer.

In this video I’m showing you the bullet counter, boxer and label machine all in one.

Bullets also leave Barnes in bulk packaging as they make their way to the ammunition manufacturers. These bullets in bulk fashion are weighed to determine how many there are and then shipped in large canisters.

Each order is hand-picked and carefully boxed to ensure you the best product possible. If there is space, we’ll even take the time to place foam in the box on top of the bullets so they don’t rattle during shipment. Just another way we take care of our customers.

I hope you have enjoyed and learned something new on this virtual tour. See you next month!

Ty Herring
Consumer Services Lead

Barnes Awards

JUST ANNOUNCED: 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.


Success Story


The Ultimate Mountain Lion Hunt

Mountain lion hunting is the stuff that dreams are made of. Sure living in Colorado I could dream of elk, moose, sheep, and goat, too. But at least I could see all those with my own eyes. After living in the Rockies for many years and spending countless hours with my boots in the mountains, I had never so much as caught a glimpse of a wild mountain lion. Then I got caught in the VOR-TX!

Barnes Bullets took my hunting career to the next level in March by sending me to Utah in pursuit of the elusive cat. With guide Wade Lemon’s reputation I was confident we would track one down, but I otherwise didn’t know what to expect. After all, it is hunting and unpredictability is one thing I love the most about it.

The adventure for me started with a flight from Denver, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah. Viewing the mountains from the air as the sun set was breathtaking. As my brother-in-law, Kyle Hemje, and I crossed over the Rocky Mountains we could tell there was fresh snow on the ground. That was enough to get me excited. Even though I didn’t know much about lion hunting, I knew to pray for snow. Lion fever started to set in as we drove south to our destination and I was pretty sure that every deer track my headlights hit in the ditch was sign of a big tom. I felt anxious to meet up with the outfitter, Wade Lemon, and his crew of top-notch guides to get hunting early the next day. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much that night.

Monday morning looked an awful lot like night as we set out with a full moon still high in the sky. I had never been snowmobiling and heard it was cold, but frigid would be a better word. I was pretty much ready to find a trail that led home when we found a lion track instead! The guide said it looked like a fresh track of an adult lion so we headed back for the hounds.

When elk hunting, the work starts when the elk is down; when lion hunting the works starts when the dogs are unleashed. Anybody who says that hunting lions is easy has never been lion hunting. The dogs chased the cat for miles as minutes turned to hours and howls turned to silence. We knew we had a hike in fresh snow and steep terrain ahead of us, but it would be a tough trail well worth every painstaking step as long as there was a lion at the end of it.

I had “Larry” on a leash, but the guide informed me it didn’t matter whether or not I knew his name, he wouldn’t listen to me. Larry was thinking with his nose as he bayed loudly on the track. It was pretty obvious to me that Larry had lion fever, too.

With hours, miles, and at least two thousand feet of elevation behind us we reached a ridgeline and howls filled the air once more. The guide turned to me and with a grin told me it sounded like we had one caught. As we closed the gap to where the dogs sounded, my eyes turned from the ground to the trees as I wanted so badly to catch a glimpse of my first lion, and there he was!

Brandon’s brother-in-law, Kyle Hemje, accompanied him on this Hunt Of A Lifetime   Brandon’s lion

He was a fine 130 lb. tom that far exceeded my hopes for the hunt. I shouldered my 30-30 pre-64 Winchester model 94 lever gun loaded with Barnes VOR-TX 150 grain TSX FN ammo and took aim at the big cat. As my shot rang out, the lion locked up with shock from the TSX FN bullet. Within seconds he fell stone dead just like every other critter I have shot with VOR-TX.

What a lion and what a hunt! Thank you Barnes for creating memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you also for making such a fantastic hunting bullet. I am TSX and VOR-TX for life.

I would also like to offer my very special thanks to Wade Lemon Hunting, and Wade’s guides for making my experience truly a hunt of a lifetime. They are an unbelievable team of hunters:

Kalan Lemon
Kim Payne
Slade Turner
Lance Scoggins
Landon Sorensen
Bowdy Steele
CG Heath

Good hunting,

Brandon Chrisp


Photographs from Brandon’s hunt, courtesy of Landon Sorensen & Slade Turner

Recipe Of The Month

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.

Herbed Turkey & Wild Rice Casserole

This recipe is a long-time family favorite from the kitchen of Jessica Brooks-Stevens, Product & Marketing Manager for Barnes. Chicken or domestic turkey breast can be substituted, but the rich flavor of the game bird is what makes this dish unique and flavorful.

Prep: 15 min, Cook: 7 1/2 Hrs


6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 pound turkey tenderloin,cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 medium carrot, sliced (1/2 cup)
1 medium stalk celery, sliced (1/2 cup)
4 cups chicken broth
1 can (10 3/4 oz.) cream of chicken soup
1/2 t. dried marjoram leaves
1/4 t. pepper
1 1/4 cups uncooked wild rice, rinsed

Cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; set aside. Drain fat, reserving 2 T. in skillet. Add turkey; cook and stir 3-5 minutes or until brown. Add onion, carrot and celery. cook and stir 2 minutes.

Mix 1 cup of the broth and soup with wire whisk until smooth in 4- to 5-quart crock pot. Stir in remaining broth, marjoram and pepper. Stir in turkey mixture, bacon and wild rice.

Cover and cook on high heat setting 30 minutes. Reduce to low setting. Cook 6 to 7 hours or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Makes 6 servings.

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Monthly Club-X Prize

Congratulations March Club-X Prize Winner Scott Spiers!

Thanks for the gift and thanks even more for your great bullets. I’m a 52 year old hunter and fisherman. I’m an avid handloader that feeds the whole family’s guns a diet of nothing but Barnes when shooting other than paper. From .22′s in a Swift to custom made 600 grain .512′s in an A-Square your products and customer service have never let me down.

My only regret is that your new products come out faster than I can shoot up the ones on my shelf!

The only hunting we don’t use your bullets: Birds   Scott Spiers recovered this 54 Caliber Barnes MZ from the off-side of an elk. New Mexico, 2011.

Scott won a Rand’s Hat

In the early west, one of the cowboy’s most important pieces of equipment was his hat. It shaded his eyes from the sun, kept the rain off his neck and, in a pinch, served as a bucket for water and feed. It was an integral part of his existence, and he was seldom without it. It was the first thing he put on in the morning, and the last thing he took off at night. Today’s cowboy, and those who fancy western apparel, expect no less from their hat than the cowboy in the old west. It reflects their taste and lifestyle. In this age of cheap workmanship, it is difficult to find the hat to fit these needs. It’s with that thought that Rand’s approaches the design and construction of their custom hats. Utilizing traditional artisan’s tools and skilled craftsmen, we have achieved a quality product that combines the skills of the past with the concerns of today. Antique copper steamers, wooden sizing blocks, curved pencil curling irons and other traditional implements abound at Rand’s, reminding us that the skills of the past are still with us.

Club-X Prize for April

Barnes BULLDOG® Range Bag. One of the newest additions to the Barnes accessory line. Heavy-duty, durable Nylon, water-resistant outer shell. Large main compartment with removable divider. Outer pockets for extra storage. Adjustable shoulder strap. Deluxe padding and quality. Dimensions are 13″x7″x7″. Embroidered with “Barnes Optimized for your Target”. Retail value: $34.99.

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

APRIL QUESTION: Who designed the first commercially available cartridge to push a projectile over 3,000 fps?

Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes Components. The posting may begin on or after Thursday, April 5th at 8:00 am Mountain Time. Posts made before that time will not be accepted.

We will be posting this announcement on the Barnes Facebook page on or after Thursday, April 5th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

March Facebook Contest Winner:
Rod Jack guessed the correct answer to March’s question. He received a box of 308 Winchester 150 grain Tipped TSX bullets.

March Question:
The Barnes XLC or “blue bullet” was the first upgrade to the X Bullet line. What does the acronym XLC stand for?
X Lubricated Coating, or X Lubricating Coating would have been accepted.

Parting Shots


Barnes Bullets:

I decided to try a box of the Barnes 223 caliber 52 gr. flatbase Match Burners in my Savage 223 LRPV. I hadn’t heard much about Barnes in the benchrest area but gave them a try anyway.

All I can say is I’m IMPRESSED. Attached are two targets from some load development with AA2230 powder. Obviously, it really likes either 24.0 or 25.0 gr. of AA2230.

Just wanted to share some pleasing results.


Mark Harrison