August 2010 Barnes Bullet-N
|Randy Brooks Message:|
To All Our Members,
As the wolf war continues, so does the decline in the elk, moose, and deer herds of the Great American West. Coni and I continue to support and promote the delisting of wolves through SFW’s (Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife) new affiliate organization called “Big Game Forever” . This organization allows people to become educated and show their support in this cause by simply signing the online petition and/or giving a donation. I hope that you will take time to visit the website and learn about the importance of delisting wolves. With an organization as credible as SFW in the driver’s seat, we can all climb aboard the bandwagon and assist in overcoming this political speed bump on our way to conserving America’s big game.
Be sure to read the Big Game Forever press release below.
BIG GAME FOREVER LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO REMOVE WOLVES FROM THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST
As a judge in Montana considers whether to permit Montana and Idaho to continue hunts to manage mushrooming wolf populations that have decimated big game herds, Defenders of Wildlife has sought to triple the number of wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and the Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned Interior Secretary Salazar and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide for expansion of wolf populations across the entire United States.
In response to these actions and the strong grassroots desire of sportsmen, outfitters, ranchers, and many others all across the US to insure that wolves are de-listed from the Endangered Species List and managed by all states where they are found, Big Game Forever, a political action arm of nationally-respected organization Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, has drafted legislation to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List. Big Game Forever is now working with a growing number of Congressmen and Senators to have the bill introduced early in 2011. The bill will allow needed wolf management measures to stop the decline of some of the West’s and upper Midwest’s most important herds of elk, moose and deer and help rebuild those herds.
“The decision to remove wolves, one of North America’s most abundant and successful predators, from the endangered species list by both the Bush and Obama administrations will not be respected by animal rights and a handful of environmental groups, even though excessive predation on big game has caused at least $100 million damage to the economies of states where wolves are found,” says Ryan Benson, National Director for Big Game Forever.
“Wolves are being exploited in an attempt to remove the rights of sportsmen to have access to and use of renewable wildlife resources. Notwithstanding the experimental nature of wolf reintroductions and repeated declarations that wolf populations have expanded far beyond recovery objectives, these groups continue to make millions of dollars suing the federal government on technicalities within the Endangered Species Act. It has become clear that there will be no end to the litigation despite the unprecedented damage to wildlife, surplus killing of livestock, and attacks on pets and guard dogs in the West and Upper Midwest. Ultimately those most affected by the ongoing litigation continue to be Sportsmen and wildlife, including the very wolves the anti-sporting groups proclaim to protect,” Benson says.
The federal government is currently spending $3.7 million dollars yearly to remove problem wolves that kill domestic livestock in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. This is money that should be used for wildlife conservation, including restoration of elk, moose, wild sheep and deer that have been decimated by rapidly-expanding wolf populations in many areas, Big Game Forever asserts.
The proposed legislation will provide assurances of agreed upon wolf population numbers in states where experimental reintroductions have reached sustainable populations spelled out in original enabling mandates. “State wildlife managers can either manage for abundance or scarcity,” explains Benson. “In the last 10 years, sportsmen have contributed $20 Billion in federal wildlife funding in an attempt to restore healthy big game populations and waterfowl populations. In addition to federal funding, State wildlife agencies, which are largely if not exclusively funded by sportsmen’s dollars, spend hundreds of millions annually in the West to restore and protect habitat, and manage wildlife populations.”
“Sportsmen have worked tirelessly and put their money where their mouth is in an effort to restore healthy wildlife herds to the West,” says Don Peay founder of “Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife”. “Decades-long recovery efforts by states and sportsmen’s groups are being erased in herd after herd. We will not stand by and watch our efforts wasted by an anti-management agenda that has proved to be a failure for elk, moose and even the wolves they proclaim to protect.”
Congressional intervention provides a mechanism to ensure that states can fulfill their mandate to manage all wildlife populations for the use of its citizens. Benson explains, “Wolves are here to stay. The same state agencies that successfully manage balanced numbers of mountain lions, bears and other large predators are well-positioned to maintain balanced numbers of gray wolves while protecting abundant prey populations.”
To document the groundswell of support for wolf de-listing, Big game Forever has launched an online petition at biggameforever.org that has already drawn thousands of signers. Some of the early supporters of the petition include entertainer Jeff Foxworthy, former NBA all-star player Karl Malone, Hall of Fame baseball player Wade Boggs, President of Hoyt Archery Randy Walk, Randy and Coni Brooks of Barnes Bullets, and David Allen, CEO of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
ABOUT BIG GAME FOREVER.ORG
For the last 15 years, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife has endeavored to restore abundant wildlife populations in the West. SFW has worked tirelessly to reintroduce Bison, Big Horn Sheep, Elk and Mountain Goats to their original habitat while also putting millions of dollars on the ground across the West to restore almost 1,000,000 acres of habitat. Big Game Forever was created in 2010 to facilitate political action. Big Game Forever and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife believe that protecting the western way of life can only be accomplished through the involvement of American Sportsmen in the political and legal process.
Another month has passed – and it is hard to believe that summer is coming to an end. Time just goes by much too quickly.
Again, as I mentioned last month we are shipping the NEW BARNES® VOR-TX™ Ammunition and it is available in many stores right now. Below is a picture of the box you will see on the dealer shelf. You can also check out the full details on VOR-TX by going to www.barnesbullets.com.
Also, don’t forget the Barnes Bullet rebate which started July 1st. It is a rebate of $5.00 for each box purchased – (up to 10 boxes) of TSX®, Tipped TSX™, 250 packs of Varmint Grenades® or (2) boxes of 100 pack Varmint Grenades® or 50- and 100-packs of MPG’s™. (Sorry but this does not include VOR-TX Ammunition). A sample of the rebate program is below.
You should be able to find the rebate information at your dealer. If you have trouble finding it and have purchased one or more of the above Barnes products you can also download a rebate form by going to www.barnesbullets.com/special-offers. The rebate is good on purchases made from July 1st, 2010 through December 31st, 2010 so get out there and stock up on your Barnes bullets!
We are working on new products for 2011 so you Club X members need to weigh in on the New Products BLOG section (components & ammunition) on our website now more than ever. We do listen to your requests and appreciate your input.
Hopefully you are getting everything ready for your upcoming hunts – wherever they may be. Barnes has the right bullets for whatever kind of hunt you will be doing and we certainly hope you choose Barnes.
Stay tuned and check the Barnes Bullet website often for new product news and specials.
Thanks for being a loyal Barnes supporter.
In this month’s article I am going to focus on bolt maintenance. In our Ballistics Lab we have the unique advantage of being able to shoot more than most. This gives us the ability to see equipment wear out that normally lasts a lifetime. One thing we make a point of doing is regular bolt maintenance. Not only will proper maintenance make the gun last longer, but it can actually help accuracy and ignition reliability. Here are the steps for disassembly, cleaning, and re-assembly of a Remington 700 bolt. Other brands are usually similar. Here we go:
Place the notch in the firing pin head over a penny or other piece of “soft” metal which is stuck in a vice. Pull entire bolt assembly away from the firing pin, exposing a slot in the firing pin head.
Place another penny in this slot to relieve spring tension. The firing pin/spring assembly is now free to remove from the bolt body.
Wipe the spring and firing pin clean using a quality solvent. Be sure to clean the threads thoroughly. Dry the assembly completely. Using a brush, clean the bolt face thoroughly. You will notice brass shavings on the face and under the extractor.
I like to use a long cotton swab to get inside the firing pin recess (inside the bolt body), then a pipe cleaner for the firing pin hole. A good way to clean inside the bolt body is to wrap a large rifle cleaning patch around a 38/357 bore brush. Wrap up by cleaning any debris off of the locking lugs and wiping the bolt clean.
Assemble the parts by reversing the previous steps. It is fine to apply a light coat of oil to the spring assembly, but be sure to wipe off any excess. Excess oil here can run out of the firing pin hole and cause misfires. Place a drop of oil or white lithium grease on the threads below the firing pin head. One last thing to do is place a dab of grease on the contact area of the locking lugs.
Following this procedure once a year will keep things running smooth. Details about your specific bolt can be found in your owner’s manual. See you next month!
-Ryan Keele, Consumer Service
EZ Venison Chili
-2 lbs. course ground venison
-1 cup chopped onion
-1/2 cup chopped green pepper
-1/2 cup diced celery
-3 tbsp. oil
-3 tbsp. chili powder
-2 tsp. sugar
-1 lg. can tomato juice
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
-1 large can chili beans
In a heavy pan or skillet cook onions, peppers and celery in oil until tender.
Add venison and cook until brown, stirring often.
Add remaining ingredients and cook covered over low heat, 1-2 hours.
Serve with sour cream and cheddar cheese.
Pat Murray’s love for hunting and shooting began at the age of seven when he was just big enough to pick up a rifle. Pat combines his passion for the outdoors and wildlife by creating beautiful hand carved sculptures. The sculpture above was carved by Pat and is a blue wing teal hen. What a beautiful piece of work!
Remington’s Fast Snap™ 2.0 Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun Cleaning Kits
Compact, convenient go-anywhere kits contain everything needed to clean a rifle, shotgun, or handgun and keep it in pristine condition. Each kit includes a non-scratch, plastic-coated, cleaning cable with a comfortable, easy-to-grasp Fast Snap T-handle, a 1 oz. bottle of Rem Oil, and an assortment of bronze brushes, bore mops, patch loops, and patches. An easy-to-use bore light with interchangeable straight and 90 necks projects bright, white light for easy inspection of bores, chambers, and other hard-to-see areas. Durable hard-sided, canvas lined case with foam interior and separate slot for each component keeps everything organized. Small enough to fit in your range bag or backpack. Kits available for rifles, shotguns, and pistols/revolvers. SPECS: All kits include: Rem Oil – 1 oz. (30mL). Bore light – Polymer, straight and 90 degree lenses. 37/8″ (9.8cm) OAL, 11/16″ (1.7cm) dia. housing, ” (6.4mm) dia. lens. Includes AAA battery. Case – Canvas, hard-sided. 6 ” (16.5cm) long, 4 ” (11.4cm) wide, 2 ” (6.3cm) high. Rifle includes: 32″ (81cm) (.22 cal. and up) and 26″ (66cm) (.17 cal.) cleaning cables; (3) brass patch loops; .17, .22, .25, .270, .30, .375, .45 caliber bronze bore brushes; .22 and .30 caliber bore mops; (25) each 11/8″ (3cm), 1 ” (3.8cm), 2″ (5cm) square cleaning patches. Shotgun kit includes 39″ (99cm) cleaning cable; (2) brass patch loops; .410, 20 ga. & 12 ga. bronze bore brushes; .410, 20 ga. & 12 ga. cotton bore mops; (75) 2″ x 2″ cleaning patches. Handgun kit includes: 12″ (30cm) & 24″ (61cm) cleaning cables; (2) brass patch loops; .22, .357/9mm, .40, .45 caliber bronze bore brushes; .22, .357/9mm, .40 & .45 caliber cotton bore mops; (25) each 11/8″, 1 “, 2″ square cleaning patches; revolver cylinder cleaning adapter.
All three of these kits are included in the giveaway!
For more information visit Remington’s site.
Pete Yovetich sent us this picture of his tremendous six-shot group he fired at 100 yards (including a fouler). He used his Remington Sendero 300 Win Mag loaded with a 180 gr. Tipped TSX to get the job done. Great shooting!