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    Coni’s Corner

    Women who behave, rarely make history. -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  

    The upcoming presidential election has me on pins and needles. I’m very concerned with the way our country is heading. I get frightened for my children and especially grandchildren because if things don’t change from what is happening in our country today, they may not have the freedoms that myself and past generations have learned to love and enjoy. What makes America great is that we are a land of opportunity where the circumstances of birth are no barrier to achieving one’s dreams. How great is that!!! However, I see those things as being on the brink of diminishing. That is not what I want for our future generations.

    America is mostly comprised of people who are hard workers and are proud patriots who truly love this country. Those who have strong work ethics and have integrity will reap benefits and that is the American way. Our current administration wants to take away from the people who work hard at improving themselves and our country and give to those who don’t want to work. I’m all for helping people who want to help themselves but NOT for people who expect something for nothing. Our country wasn’t built that way!

    I found this statement from presidential hopeful Governor Mitt Romney that pretty much sums it up.
    “America does not just exist for the people … it has been made exceptional by the people: a free people pursuing their own dreams and achieving success in their own way. This is a moment that demands we return to our basic values and core principles.”

    Being a past small business owner, I took a profound exception to a comment made by President Obama about small business owners. “Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive,” Obama said Friday July 13th, citing the teachers and people who build “roads and bridges.” “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

    The president’s remark was a direct attack on the principle of individual responsibility, the foundation of American freedom. If “you didn’t build that,” then you have no moral claim to it, and those with political power are morally justified in taking it away and using it to buy more political power. “I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody,” Obama said in another candid moment in 2008.

    It is obvious to me and everyone else that he doesn’t understand small business!

    Romney jumped on Obama’s comment, calling it “foolishness” and “insulting to every entrepreneur and every innovator in America.” He said it exposed what Obama “really thinks” about the country and argued it was more proof that the president’s administration is hostile towards business.

    “This campaign is to a great degree about the soul of America,” Romney said. “Do we believe in an America that is great because of government or do we believe in an America that is great because of free people allowed to pursue their dream and build their future?”

    Coming after days of criticism from fellow Republicans that he hasn’t shown enough “fight” in the race, Romney’s remarks were longer than his usual stump speech—lasting almost a half hour. And, unlike other recent speeches, he repeatedly made mention of “God,” telling the crowd that the country was created by “God’s will,” not government—statements that elicited wild cheers and applause from his fired-up crowd of supporters.

    I was recently asked to be on the National Advisory Board for Romney’s campaign and I am honored to do so. I will be a political advisor to the campaign on matters of sportsmen and sportswomen. I will certainly give as much time as I possibly can because I know Governor Romney believes in principles of freedom, opportunity, hope and limited government and will uphold the constitution of the United States if he is elected.

    This election is very critical not only for our future and our Country but for our sport. I hope you will make the effort to vote this November and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to vote as well. Things must turn around, and soon, if we want to continue to be a free nation with amazing opportunities.

    Coni Brooks

    August Special




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    Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

    Actual Q&A from Barnes’ Consumer Services department.

    Valued customer, Tom, begins by asking:

    I finally got started reloading the Barnes 115gr 9mm and 185gr 45 ACP TAC-XP bullets. In comparing the data on the Barnes web-site and the tables you forward, I noticed Barnes has expanded the list of powders tested, but have pretty much dropped Longshot and Silhouette. Any particular reason for that change?

    Thanks again for all your help.


    Hi Tom,

    You will find Silhouette in the new data sheet which I sent, but Longshot was dropped in 9mm and 45 ACP due to case capacity issues when loading the Barnes XPB’s with this powder. The large hollow cavity and low density of copper make for a long bullet.

    The XPB provides phenomenal terminal performance on whitetail and hogs, but it is necessary at times to change to a faster burning powder than what might be used normally when loading jacketed, lead-core bullets.

    Your comments and patronage are appreciated!

    Thanks, Ty

    I just wanted to send a note about the .458″ 300 grain Spitzer Soft Point Barnes Original bullet in my muzzleloader. Using a MMP Orange sabot, this bullet (#457010), 84 grains of Blackhorn 209 powder and a Winchester W209 primer, I killed a mule deer in New Mexico last October at 266 yards. The bullet passed through both shoulders, folded the deer like a taco and he was dead before he hit the ground. He didn’t even quiver.

    The scope is dead on at 190 yards, one mil high at 100 yards and one mil low at 260. It shoots 2.1″ groups at 190 yards. I don’t have a lot of muzzleloader experience, but don’t think I need to look any farther for a hunting load for the Savage.


    Hi James,

    This is great information, and we love to hear stories from our customers! We would also like very much to see photos of your adventure if you have them. Please send them to

    Happy hunting this season!

    Best, Ty

    Good shooting,

    Ty Herring – Lead Technician, Barnes Bullets

    Barnes Awards

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    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.


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    Success Story

    I just recently completed a trip with a good friend of mine to the Limpopo Province of South Africa. I took my Winchester M70 in 375 H&H Magnum and used your 270 Grain TSX bullets loaded with 76.5 grains of Vit N540 powder. I was able to develop a load my rifle liked with the help of the load data found on your website. I harvested several animals of which included a zebra, gemsbuck, nyala, kudu, blesbuck and waterbuck. All the animals I took had a unique story, but I would like to relate how things got started to boost my confidence in the rifle and bullet combination.

    The tree pictured with the recovered Triple-Shock

    My first animal was the zebra and it comes with an interesting story to say the least that kicked off a wonderful trip. My PH and I stalked this animal and had to crawl through the tall grass to get into position for a shot about 80 yards away. This particular zebra presented itself broadside beside some trees with some the tall grass in the bullets path. As I positioned my rifle onto the shooting sticks and shouldered it, the zebra saw my movement and looked at us. I slowly moved my safety to the fire position and placed my finger on the trigger. Shortly after that, the zebra turned its head and started to moved. Without hesitation, in fear of losing the chance, I pulled the trigger sending a round down range. The bullet struck the animal down like a bolt of lightning had hit it. To my surprise the zebra did get up?showing us how tough an animal it was?and started to walk away slowly, but not too far. With the advice of my PH, I put the animal down with a follow-up shot so it would not suffer. When we went to retrieve and examine the animal we noticed where the shots impacted and were happy with the shot placement.

    After taking pictures, my PH had to go look for his radio somewhere in the tall grass. He back-tracked to where the zebra was standing. It was there my PH noticed the tree which the zebra was standing next to and it had a nice hole in it. Apparently, when the zebra started to move it was positioned just behind a tree I failed to notice and take account of. So not only did the TSX perform by knocking down the animal, it did so after going through a tree! We recovered the bullet just under the skin on the off side of the animal. When I got back home in the states, I weighed it and it still measured at 270 grains with no weight loss.

    Lucky, Lucky

    By the way, this was my first time reloading and it is just a testament to your great product. As my shirt reads “LUCKY,” I was lucky that I used the TSX bullets which performed beautifully on all the animals harvested.

    Thank you again and I look forward to my next hunt with Barnes bullets. I would also like to try out the 235 gr. TSX and 250 gr. Tipped TSX for future hunts on smaller animal but would most likely stay with the 270 gr. TSX bullets for bigger game. Also, for next deer season I will try loading my 270 Winchester with the TSX bullets and send you the results.


    Alan Camarillo

    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.

    I realized years ago that my kids get really excited about eating fish when they catch it themselves. Fish is super healthy, and trout is no exception. Packed with Omega-3s, protein and B Vitamins, a trout supper is a great way to give the body what it needs naturally. We have enjoyed wonderful times this summer fishing in the stream and lake near the family cabin. Try this tasty recipe sometime whether you reel-in your own or purchase them from the grocery store. -Jessica Brooks-Stevens

    Step-brothers Porter Stevens and Tanner Harrison enjoy fishing in the Utah mountains

    Stuffed Mountain Trout

    Yield: 4 servings


    2 trout (10 to 11 oz. each)
    4 T plus 1 1/2 t lemon juice, divided
    3 t dill weed, divided
    2 t lemon pepper seasoning, divided
    1 T butter
    1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
    1 cup soft bread crumbs

    Preparation Instructions:

    Place trout in a 9x13x2-inch baking dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle 3 T lemon juice, 1 ½ t dill and 1 ½ t lemon peopper in the fish cavities and over the outside of fish; set aside.

    In a nonstick skillet, sauté onion in butter until tender. Add the parsley and remaining dill and lemon pepper. Stir in bread crumbs; heat through. Sprinkle with remaining lemon juice; stir gently until moistened. Stuff into fish cavities. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

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    August Club-X Prize

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    Congratulations July Club-X Prize Winner Michael Gartner!

    Michael is the winner of a Barnes Apparel Package. The package includes a 100% cotton Barnes T-shirt, a camouflage Barnes cap, a solid bronze Barnes belt-buckle and a Barnes survival bracelet. Congratulations Michael, and enjoy your Barnes Apparel Package prize.

    Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

    AUGUST QUESTION: In 1979, Barnes introduced a Solid constructed of a solid copper/zinc alloy designed for deep, reliable penetration on dangerous game to prevent riveting, fish-tailing and bending. This design ensured straight tracking and maximum penetration on dangerous game. Today, this bullet is known as the Banded Solid. What was the original name of this bullet? Note: the original name was not Solid.

    Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes Components by posting your answer on our Facebook page. Posting may begin on or after Monday, August 6th 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 Monday, August 6th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

    July Facebook Contest Winner:
    Bill Bisson was the winner of the June Facebook question. Bill received a box of TSX bullets to load in his daughter’s .243 for her first deer hunt this year. Congratulations Bill.

    July Question:
    In the Barnes Reloading Manual #4, what does Brian Pearce specifically state in his article “Handloading Barnes X Pistol Bullets” about the XPB’s wound channels in ballistic gelatin and wet newsprint?
    Answer: Most of the XPBs expanded to nearly double their original caliber leaving wound channel’s that were predictably large.

    Parting Shots

    Barnes employees (left to right) Mike Painter, Trenton Olsen, Ryan Farr, Gregg Sloan and Brett Throckmorton (photographer) doing some “prairie dog field research” with the newly reintroduced Barnes VARMIN-A-TOR bullet on a recent trip to Montana.