April 2013, Barnes Bullet-N
As many of you know, it is becoming very difficult to find Barnes ammunition and components. Why? Following the 2012 elections and an increase in proposed gun control measures, an unprecedented demand has exceeded not only Barnes’, but many companies in the industry’s ability to supply.
Due to this sudden increase in demand for Barnes products, items have now become backordered. If you have placed an order but have not received your product, it is on backorder – even though it does not specify this on your invoice/packing slip. Please withhold inquiries about your order status. Multiple inquiries serve to tie up resources and delay efforts to manufacture, package and ship product to you as quickly as possible. Be assured that your order will be shipped as soon as the product becomes available.
Barnes is committed to delivering only the best quality, top performing products to our customers. Many dedicated employees are working overtime in every department. This situation will improve. Eventually, demand will subside and your favorite Barnes products will be readily available once again. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding.
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I must be missing something. What is the difference between the 165-gr and the 168-gr bullet in the TSX? I do see the number of grooves.
Besides the number of grooves – 3 on the 168-gr TSX and 4 on the 165-gr TSX, these two bullets have different ogive (nose profile) geometries. The 165-gr TSX incorporates a shorter tangent ogive and it’s designed for cartridges with short magazines such as the 300 WSM and 300 Win Mag. As a side note, the 110-gr TSX, 165-gr TSX, 180-gr TSX and 200-gr TSX all have the same ogive.
The 168-gr TSX has a secant ogive which lengthens the nose profile and has shown superb accuracy down range. It is best suited for cartridges such as the 308 Winchester, 30-06 and the 300 Weatherby. We also label the 168-gr TSX as “Match Grade” – indicating the similarities with regard to ogive design compared to other match bullets designs from other manufacturers.
Both are premium hunting bullets offering the exceptional terminal performance you have grown to know and love from the all copper Barnes bullets. You simply can’t go wrong with either one.
I have been firing 150-gr Nosler Accubonds in my 308 Win rifle. I hunt deer in California. I need to use lead free bullets. I would like to know which bullet you would recommend TSX or TTSX and what grain. I’ve been told to go with a smaller grain bullet in copper because it is harder than lead, in order to get good expansion.
The all copper TSX bullets expand hydraulically as tissue (mostly fluid) enters the nose cavity. The tip on the TTSX & LRX bullets initiates the expansion, followed by tissue (fluid) through completion. This means that the Barnes bullet will expand reliably on very soft tissue impact. I’ve shot prairie dogs and jack rabbits with these bullets and have seen great bullet expansion.
The facts are simple. We test our 30 cal 130-gr, 150-gr, and 168-gr TSX for expansion down to 1800 fps in water. We have found that similar weight TTSXs and LRXs expand approximately a few hundred feet per second below the TSX. We conduct these expansion tests for every 5000 bullets produced. I’m not aware of any bullet company besides Barnes that tests their product this much for reliability.
So, with a given cartridge such as the 308 Winchester and its ability to drive lighter bullets faster, you can see how stepping down one weight class to the lighter and faster 130-gr versions will help with bullet expansion at moderate ranges where the muzzle velocity and subsequent impact velocity is much higher.
Because these bullets are all copper, retain 100% of their weight and due to the characteristic “X” type expansion, they slice through tissue and bone. You are going to see much better penetration and overall performance than an equal weight Accubond that has lost a good percentage of its weight on impact.
I suggest our 130-gr TSX or TTSX for deer and possibly the heavier 150-gr version if you need additional penetration for game such as large hogs.
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After making a good first shot on this cat at 45 yards, his “death sprint” brought him right at me. My fast second shot impacted it at 7 yards in the right eye. The bullet smashed the back of the skull and crushed spine for over 34″ before coming to rest near the back hip just under the hide. The recovered bullet weighed 109.5 grains and measured .582, more than double diameter expansion. Blue Tips are the only bullets I’ll use.
-Tim Goodwin Jr.
Tim was using a 110-gr TTSX in a 270 Winchester.
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- Saute onions in buuter in a roasting pan for 5 minutes. Remove onions.
- Add meat and saute over high heat for 15 minutes until brown on all sides.
- Pour brandy over meat.
- Add onions.
- Add bouillon, salt and pepper.
- Put bacon over breasts and roast uncovered at 375 degrees for 45 minutes, basting frequently.
- Stir cream and horseradish into pan juices and continue roasting for 15 minutes, basting frequently.
- Serve pheasant and sauce with rice.
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I live and hunt in Eastern Oregon. I hunt elk with a bow, but we rifle hunt deer. My grandson is 8 and will start hunting this fall on the mentored youth program. I use Barnes Bullets in my 243 and they shoot great.
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