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August, 2013 Bullet-N



New World Record Free Range NZ Red Stag

Where To Find 22 Caliber Bullets

Coni’s Corner

Success Story: African Cape Buffalo

Ty’s Tips – 44 Mag & The Different BCs

This Month’s Club-X Contest Question & Prize

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Coni’s Corner


- Winston Churchill


Hello Barnes Fans!!!

This summer has been extremely hot and dry here in Utah. I’m looking forward to some cooler weather. I had mentioned in a previous newsletter about a hunting trip I had planned for Tanzania. I leave this month, and Randy is going with me. I’m very excited, but there sure is a lot of paperwork to get ready to go.

First thing to hunt will be a leopard – nothing else will be hunted until that is accomplished and a leopard is down. Randy will try for crocodile and we’ll both also try for Cape buffalo and anything else we have time for and desire to hunt. We’ll be hunting with our good friend Willy MacDonald of Kilombero North Safaris.

I’ve compiled a list of important items you’ll need to do well in advance of leaving for a hunt to Tanzania. I hope some of these tips can help you if you ever plan on hunting Tanzania or any other place in Africa.

First: Get your airline ticket lined out and booked – most of the things I talk about below will need your airline information included.

Second: Ensure you have an agent lined up on the coast to ship the hides and skulls to in the U.S. so they can be declared and inspected by a Wildlife Inspector when they arrive in the United States.

Third: If you hunt leopard, an application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to obtain a Cites Permit is required. This permit is needed in order for the leopard hide and skull to be imported into the United States. This must be done well in advance of your trip.

Fourth: Be sure to have a taxidermist lined up to ship the hides and skulls to after they have been inspected at the arrival port.

Fifth: If you travel to Tanzania, you must obtain a Visa to enter the country.

Sixth: If your flight takes you through Amsterdam, you must complete a Form C4457 to transport firearms etc., through the Netherlands. You must declare all firearms, binoculars, scopes, and ammunition and get it signed off by Customs and Border Protection (which can be found in most major airports around the country.) Once you have the approval, you cannot take different firearms , binoculars or scopes other than what is listed on the form. Once signed off, fax the copy of the form C4457 to: Duane Noord Office in Groningen. They will fax the approval back to you. If you don’t do this, you risk the possibility of your firearms etc., not making it out of Amsterdam. There are other countries that have similar requirements, so make sure you understand what is necessary beforehand.

Seventh: Be prepared to get a lot of vaccinations and medications before you leave. In Tanzania, you will need to get Hepatitis A and B as well as Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Tetanus and Malaria pills. The best place to get all this taken care of is at your local County Health Department. They will keep a record of your vaccinations so that you know what you will need or not need for your future trips. Most of these vaccinations are good for many years and they keep these records indefinitely. The County Health Department has a listing of what vaccinations or pills you need to get depending on what country you are going to.

I know this can seem overwhelming but once you begin the process it is quite easy. Just be sure when you fill out the forms that they are completely correct. One error could cost you your trophies.

In October’s newsletter, I hope to have pictures and stories of my hunt to share with you. John Mogle of Hunting Illustrated is accompanying us to film the hunt for Hunting Illustrated TV. The schedule for their shows is listed here on the Barnes website. My hunt will not air until 2014 (hopefully there will be one) but I’ll be giving you the story of what happened on the hunt, as I mentioned above, in October.

I hope your hunting plans are coming together for this year. The hunting seasons are so close I can’t believe it. Good luck and please know that we really appreciate your Club-X Membership and for using Barnes products.

Your friend in hunting,

Coni Brooks

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by Jessica Brooks-Stevens

Note: Read the full NZ adventure in the Fall issues of Hunting Illustrated magazine and watch both episodes on Hunting Illustrated TV on The Sportsman’s Channel Sunday, September 1st and Sunday, September 8th.


jess & thad - jess red stagMy husband, Thad, and I had the opportunity to hunt New Zealand in April of this year. We have known Gus Bisset and his girlfriend, Carla Lucas, of New Zealand Trophy Hunting for many years and have looked forward to the opportunity to hunt with him on the south island under one condition: all free range animals, with Red Stag at the top of our list. Gus has been a fan of Barnes for many years which made it all the more exciting for us to hunt together. Carla runs the show in the office and is great about communicating needs, conditions and instructions to clients. Click here to see a photo of the free range Fallow deer she took this month – it’s a real stonker! Carla’s delicious seafood pie is this month’s featured recipe.

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John and Matt Mogle own and operate Hunting Illustrated Magazine and TV. They accompanied us to film for a show and do some hunting as well. We had an absolute blast! Johnny is the owner of Fierce Firearms. With over 15 years in the custom firearms industry, he brings his expertise and know-how to Fierce with the introduction of the new Fierce Fury rifle series. I carried a Fury XR in 270 WSM. The XR, built on the sturdy Remington 700 action, was topped with a Swarovski Z5 5-25×52. This rifle produces five-shot sub-MOA groups with 140 grain VOR-TX ammunition. Thad carried an Extreme Range model in 7mm Rem Mag with a carbon barrel and topped with a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18×44 scope. For the most part, Thad and I have not been impressed with carbon barrel accuracy but Fierce has it figured out. This rifle puts five 145 grain LRX’s into three-quarters of an inch all day long.

Other gear we took along included Swarovski 12×50 EL & 15×56 SLC binoculars. While I carried the slightly smaller 12x binocs, we both found the 15x glasses to be absolutely amazing. We were grateful to have them for this trip due to the vast, mountainous terrain. True Timber supplied us with clothing in their MC2 pattern. I knew the TrueSuede pants would be nice on the chilly mornings, but I had concerns about them being too hot once we began our steep mountain climbs. Not too worry – they breathed and allowed great movement and motion.

Below are short excerpts and a few photos from the full NZ adventure coming out in the next issue Hunting Illustrated magazine.

Jessica’s SCI World Record Free Range NZ Red Stag

Gus, Thad and I moved rapidly on a path behind him, hoping he wasn’t moving too quickly away from us and down the other side. It was a tough belly-crawl up the knoll to the top of the ridge as there were red deer everywhere. Thad peaked over his side to find a hind was staring right back at him from just ten yards away! He gently backed down, keeping low, hoping she wouldn’t spook. Luckily, she didn’t.

We moved carefully as two hinds stared us down from a not-too-distant slope. Again, all we could do was hope they would not react and scare the herd we knew the Stag was in. Thad kept his eye on the Stag from behind, while Gus sneaked up to make sure all was good. To his surprise, the big Stag and six hinds were just 80 yards away from us on a slight downhill. Gus’ reaction instantly told me I better get into position fast, so I moved as quietly and efficiently as I could to set up for a shot. The entire herd was staring directly at us – they knew we were there. Suddenly, the hindss bolted on a dead run away from us with the monster in tow. I wasn’t comfortable taking the shot, but I followed him through the scope with my finger positioned gently on the trigger at the ready. He stopped and turned broadside when the shot broke. The 140 grain TSX plowed through his right front shoulder at 350 yards and he was done.

I dropped my head next to the rifle to breathe for a few moments, emotionally exhausted and stunned at what had just happened. I then gathered myself and jumped up with tears in my eyes. It was all so overwhelming: the stalk, closing in and watching him almost get away, and finally the shot. I was overcome with emotion, as were Gus and Thad. My husband wrapped his arms around me and yanked me off the ground. We laughed, yelled, back-slapped and reminisced. We began to settle down when Gus said “Well Jess, I believe this to be the largest free range stag we have ever taken so let’s get over there and take a look at him! He’s a stonker!” I was ready to meet up with the most magnificent animal I’ve ever taken in my life.

Sure enough, after the mandatory drying time it was confirmed that I had taken the new SCI Free Range World Record Red Stag, officially scoring 359 6/8: an absolute trophy of a lifetime.

(Note: score was updated in the story following the monthly contest.)

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Jessica Brooks-Stevens, New SCI World Record Free Range NZ Red Stag (update 359 6/8″)
Gear: 270 WSM 140 gr. TSX VOR-TX, Fierce Rifle, Swarovski Z5 5-25×52 riflescope
Binoculars: Swarovski 12×50 EL
Outfitter: Guss Bisset, Awatare Safaris (direct email)

Participate in this month’s Barnes Club-X question by guessing the score of Jessica’s stag. See below to learn when and where to submit your guess.

Thad’s SCI Gold Medal Free Range NZ Red Stag

The ridge line proved to be somewhat of a razor’s edge. It was literally a few feet wide across the top with an extremely steep drop off both sides. After we got down to where the stag was, Gus and I belly-crawled to the edge, pushing my pack and rifle in front of me to remain flat and undetected. We peaked over the edge and found we were literally on top of him. He was with the stolen pack of hinds, tearing up brush and milling around 180 yards away at an extremely steep 70 degree downhill angle from us. It was difficult to keep from sliding off the face while I set up to shoot. I used my left hand to keep from sliding down the hill while the rifle rested on the pack.

The stag settled down and presented a slightly quartering-away shot. The first shot broke and landed behind the front shoulder. A quick follow-up shot and the stag dropped where he stood. The pressure was off, and I realized sweat was pouring down my face and my clothes were completely soaked through. It didn’t matter – the priority was to get down the hill and put my hands on this magnificent stag.

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Thad Stevens & Gus Bisset (left photo) and Thad Stevens (right photo), 310″ Free Range NZ Red Stag
Gear: 7mm Rem Mag 145 gr. LRX, Fierce Rifle topped with a Swarovski Z5 3.5-18×44 riflescope
Swarovski 15×56 SLC binoculars
Outfitter: Guss Bisset, Awatare Safaris

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Johnny and Matt each took excellent stags with Fierce Rifles, Barnes and Swarovski.

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John Mogle, Free Range NZ Red Stag Matt Mogle, Free Range NZ Red Stag

Thad shot a beautiful top 20 SCI Free Range Fallow deer and feral hogs while I downed several feral goats.

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Jessica with feral billy goat Thad, Gold Medal Free Range NZ Fallow deer

All in all, the trip was a marvelous success and we couldn’t have been more pleased. In fact, we look forward to our trip next year with Gus, Carla and the gang for free-range bull Tahr.

Special thanks to Gus Bisset & Carla Lucas, Andy Taylor (guide), Jeremy & Haley Pitts (Stag property ranch owners), Dave Griffiths (guide) and Dave “Evo” Evans (Fallow deer property ranch owner & extreme packer!)

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Truckload of Red Stag antlers Jessica with baby Hedgehog

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Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques Q&A August 2013

Bob B. Writes:

I have the data for the 44 Rem Mag Barnes loads as indicated for pistols. Do you have any tried load data that can be used for the .44 Rem Mag Carbine? I have a Marlin carbine that uses the same 44 Rem Mag cartridge as my Ruger Super Blackhawk. Can the loads stated for the pistols also be used in the carbine?

Yes, they are interchangeable. The 44 Rem mag cartridge is held to the SAAMI MAP (maximum average pressure) of 36,000psi for all guns chambered, including the carbine. However my experience suggests that you’ll get about 300fps more velocity from a 20” carbine compared to a 7 1/2 inch revolver with the same load.

Connor Writes:
I just purchased a box of your LRX bullets. I’ve shot your original TSX bullet, and it was amazingly accurate in my 325 WSM. You all at Barnes make an awesome line of products. Anyway, like I said, I ordered a box of LRX bullets to try in my new 300 WSM. After doing some further research on your site I noticed that you test your bullets’ B.C. at 300 yards, which is a huge help to me, because that demonstrates what they do at a distance rather than what they’re doing out of the muzzle, meaning they’re much more reliable numbers to work with. From what I’ve read, B.C. values change depending on the velocity at which they’re going. This is another reason I went with your bullets for my new rifle. Now, to my actual question. I’ve noticed that a couple of companies, like Nosler, for example, also list a G7 B.C. value along with the apparent standard G1 B.C. value. From what I’ve been able to find, the G1 versus the G7 B.C. values are all based on the shape of the bullet (if it’s a flat based bullet (G1) or a boat tail bullet (G7) design). I was wondering which B.C. value you use. Some manufacturers have just stuck with the standard G1 listing, which oddly is about two times as high as the G7 B.C. value listing, even though the G7 is meant for the boat tail bullet design, which I thought was supposed to yield the higher B.C. value of the two bullet designs. My question to you is which B.C. value do you use, or, because you test your bullets at a longer distance, are the two different B.C. values irrelevant because you aren’t sticking to the standard method of testing B.C. values? This obviously won’t change my bullet choice (I love your bullets), I was just curious. Thanks for your time, and keep up the great work.

Because our previous ballistics program used the G1 BC value exclusively – that is what we test for and publish. If you want or need to use the G7 value – you’ll need to use it in a program that is set up for it. Regardless of the drag function used, you’ll find they give very similar trajectories.

There has been some talk about the G7 value being a better choice for boattail bullets. Our testing with Doppler Radar suggests this is not always true. Either choice will get you in the ball park. Just make sure you are using the G7 program with the G7 value and the G1 program with the G1 values.

Happy Hunting,

ARGH Online Magazine

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Barnes Awards

American Rifleman’s Editor’s Choice
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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

Mark Kazmac - 375-350 gr. TSX Cape Buffalo - Zimbabwe

I was busy preparing for my first African Safari to southern Zimbabwe and planned to take a Blaser R8 in 375 caliber. Since I handload, I had particular interest in the most efficient bullet and powder combination for buffalo. I was reading a popular book about buffalo hunting and the author pointed out that a 375 was the legal minimum for dangerous game, and was considered marginal by many PH’s. He further mentioned that Barnes bullets were recommended for buffalo and that increasing the bullet weight and decreasing the velocity was very effective and resulted in greater momentum and penetration and avoided bullets exciting the buffalo. He also thought that this was best accomplished by using 350 grain bullets at 2300 feet per second. I thought this made a lot of sense, and purchased 2 boxes of Barnes 350 grain TSX bullets and handloaded them to 2300. I practiced shooting on sticks and found the handloads were very accurate.

Mark Kazmac - 375-350 gr. TSX Recovered bullet from cape buffalo

The results were devastating – for the buffalo. I was very fortunate to shoot three buffalo. The first one was 41 inches, this was a one shot kill at 65 yards through the heart/lungs. The buffalo ran about 40 yards to a termite mound and I heard a death bellow. The second buffalo was 39 inches, another one shot kill into the spine at 40 yards. The third buffalo was 49 inches. We tracked 4 Dagga Boys for a couple of hours and came upon them in heavy brush. The big one was to the right of the others and was quartered toward me. The first shot was into the shoulder, he ran about 50 yards and turned as if he was going to charge, a second shot into the front of his chest at 30 yards anchored him. We ran toward the buffalo, he tried to get up, I put 3 more shots into the chest to finish him. The recovered bullets opened into a perfect 4 leaf clover type of pattern.

My professional hunter told me that used Barnes bullets in 300 grain exclusively in his 375. He thought the 350 grain bullets impacted the buffalo just like a 416.

I am sold on Barnes TSX bullets and will exclusively use them on my future African hunts.

Mark K.

Recipe Of The Month

New Zealand Special

The food in our New Zealand hunting camp was phenomenal. Gus did all of the cooking, but one of the group’s favorite dishes was this Seafood Pie recipe prepared and froze for us ahead of time by Gus Bisset’s girlfriend Carla Lucas. Gus quickly popped it in the oven for an easy, yet satisfying evening meal. Carla manages the day-to-day coordination and details for the hunting operation. She is a big game hunter, outdoors enthusiast and a phenomenal cook. We enjoyed washing this meal down with a bit of green tea, which complemented it very nicely. –Jessica Brooks-Stevens


Carla Lucas with a non-typical South Island, New Zealand free range Fallow buck taken with her 260 Remington and 120 grain Tipped TSX bullets. Carla states: ”I crawled in to 145 yards – fired the shot – he leapt, then dropped 30 yards later – all over. I had the best guide of course.”

Seafood Pie Recipe


  • Combination of smoked or fresh fish: white fish (halibut, cod, snapper, tuna), mussels, salmon, calamari, oysters, prawns or any fish you choose.
  • 3 cups of mashed potato
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • Spinach – blanched (boiled 1 minute in pot of water)
  • 1 cup grated cheese

White Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 cups milk
  • Salt and pepper
As you can see, Carla Lucas crafted this particular dish especially for Team Barnes

Preparation Instructions:
Melt butter in a pot on the stove top until melted. Whisk in flour. Add milk VERY SLOWLY stirring constantly until mixture resembles the consistency of paint. Stir in salt and pepper. (Note: Can microwave, ensuring to stir at 45 second intervals to avoid lumps in the sauce).

Place the fish on the bottom of an ovenproof dish. Slice the eggs and arrange on top of the fish pieces. Add the spinach. Pour the white sauce over top of the ingredients. Spoon the mashed potato over and then sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until golden on top.

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 and get a Barnes hat if we use your recipe.

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August Club-X Prize

Club-X prize for the month of August:


This month’s Club-X prize package features a Barnes Range Bag, A Boyt Gun Case embossed with the Barnes Logo and a box of Barnes components or ammunition of the winners choice.

Congratulations to July Club-X Prize Winner – Darrell Knight

Darrell was the lucky winner of a Remington Fast Snap™ Shotgun Cleaning System, Remington 870 Folding Knife and a Barnes 2013 Commemorative Coin

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This month’s Racksbooks/Facebook question:

A link to the submission page will be posted on the Barnes Racksbooks and Facebook pages on Monday August 12th on or after 8:00 am MDT. The first person to guess the exact score or the closest guess will be the winner. Answers submitted before the link is posted will not be accepted. Good Luck!

Guess The Score: Jessica Brooks-Stevens took this free-range New Zealand stag this Spring in New Zealand. Be the closest guess to the SCI score of this monster and recieve a box of Barnes ammunition or components of your choice. The link to the submission page will be posted on the Barnes Racksbook and Facebook page on the date specified above.

Jessica Brooks-Stevens,NZ free range Red Stag, 2013

Parting Shot

Thad & Josh

Ballistics Lab Manager, Thad Stevens (left) and Ammunition Loading Manager, Josh Sensinger (right), are pictured here at the start line of the Vortex Extreme endurance and accuracy challenge. The event is put on by Vortex Optics and is hosted by Spirit Ridge Rifle Golf in White Valley, Utah.