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December 2009 Barnes Bullet-N

Randy Brooks Message:  

Every year, Outdoor Life honors 25 individuals who have made significant contributions to the outdoors industry. This year, Coni and I were privileged to be named the “Ammo Industry’s First Couple” in the magazine’s third year of honoring men and women “who have changed the face of hunting and fishing.”

We feel especially fortunate to be included in an excellent group of individuals also including Tom Fruechtel, president and CEO of Leupold & Stevens; Frank Brownell, CEO of Brownells; and NBA great Karl “the Mailman” Malone. All three have made major contributions to wildlife conservation, and have donated considerable time and money introducing men, women and youths to the hunting and shooting sports.

Our photograph is shown in the December/January issue, along with a brief biography that appears on the first page of a special section listing those singled out. In addition to mentioning technical innovations we have introduced, the biography notes a few of the positions Coni and I have held for wildlife conservation and the promotion of hunting and shooting. These are achievements we are both particularly proud of, yet we certainly appreciate the countless other individuals who donate their precious time and resources to the preservation of our beloved sport. It’s a shame it isn’t entitled “The Outdoor Life 2,500” or “25,000”, because the pages could easily be filled with names and photographs of countless other outdoor sports champions.

As part of Outdoor Life’s online presentation, visitors to the site have the opportunity to vote for their favorite among the OL25 honorees. The honoree who receives the most votes will be featured in their March issue and, at a special ceremony at the 2010 SHOT Show, will receive a “Readers’ Choice” plaque and a $1,000 check for the organization of their choice. If you would like to participate in the voting, click here.

Coni and I share an outdoor heritage that includes wildlife appreciation and a love of hunting. To this end, we have built our “Flying X” ranch—named for a cattle brand my grandfather registered in 1910. As an interesting sidebar, he grew up in the majestic and rugged southern region of Utah as a neighbor of Butch Cassidy’s family in Circleville, Utah. On our new property we’ve dedicated hundreds of acres to enhancing wildlife habitat, which I am really looking forward to cultivating and maintaining.

Flying X Brand

We are grateful for the success we’ve enjoyed and the honor Outdoor Life has accorded us. As our business continues to grow, we’ll be introducing more new and innovative products for hunting, law enforcement and self-defense so stay tuned.

Good shooting,

Randy Brooks

Right now we are in the final preparation phase for the start of the trade show season. We are also completing our 2010 catalog and a new DVD entitled, “Performance vs. Deformance” which we plan to begin shipping in January. This is the third in the series of informative and entertaining DVDs Barnes Bullets offers FREE to everyone.

Dealers and consumers in the United States can obtain a free copy of the DVD after the first of the year. Those without internet access can order “Performance vs. Deformance” by calling toll-free: 1-800-574-9200. Residents of other countries will be charged a nominal US$7.50 fee to cover shipping and handling.

One of the many reasons a few Barnes’ employees and I hunted Texas in October was to get some good high-speed footage of how animals reacted when taken with Barnes Bullets. We not only had a wonderful time, but we were very successful in getting the footage we needed. This footage makes this new DVD unique and exciting.

Show season starts in January, and I hope to see many of you at one or more of these events. We’ll be at the Dallas Safari Show in Dallas, Texas from January 7th-10th. We’ll also have a booth at the Safari Club Int’l show in Reno, Nevada from January 20th-23rd. The Shot Show is being held January 19th-22nd in Las Vegas, Nevada—and yes, once again the S.C.I. Show starts the day after the SHOT Show begins. This makes it very difficult for us, but Barnes Bullets will be at both of these events.

I truly hope you have a wonderful holiday season. I’ll be recovering from surgery for a few weeks in December. I am having a torn rotator cuff, a separated bicep tendon and a tennis elbow repaired. All on the right arm, so my ability to do certain things will be limited for a while. However, after the surgery has had time to heal, I’ll be back to using my arm like it should be used.

Thanks for your support and please keep on buying Barnes products. If you’ll do that, we’ll keep making great bullets. Remember, our fill rate on orders is an amazing 98% and has been for many years. We don’t plan on changing that. Our fulfillment rate is certainly among the highest in the industry—something we’re proud of and our dealers appreciate. Be sure to let your dealer know about this so they can have what you want, in stock when you want it.

Happy Hunting,


Ty’s Tips

I am currently trying to help a shooting buddy out by reloading ammunition for his father’s aged P.O. Ackley rifle. The only markings on this old, re-barreled bolt-action rifle are: “P.O. Ackley” and “.228”.

It seems the rifle is chambered for a long-forgotten Ackley .228-caliber wildcat cartridge created by necking down the 6mm Remington case to .228-inch and then fire-forming the cartridge in the Ackley chamber. We have 80 to100 modified cases for this rifle, each with “6mm Rem” headstamps. We also have an almost empty (10 to 12 bullets) box of .228 caliber 70-grain, spire point Barnes bullets.

I have two questions: (1): Are there any .228 dia. bullets available today appropriate for loading this Ackley cartridge?

(2): Do you know of any source of dimensions and/or load data for this Ackley cartridge?


—Lou Scharbau

Hi Lou,

In “Cartridges of the World,” the entry for the .228 Ackley Magnum shows a .25-06 being used as the parent case. I also found a reference that says you could use a .30-06 or .308 Winchester case to form the brass. The “Handloaders Manual of Cartridge Conversion” refers to a cartridge called the .228 Hawk that uses the 6mm Remington as the parent case.

Honestly, your rifle could be chambered for just about anything, including a one-of-a-kind cartridge. I recommend you start by having a gunsmith check the bore and groove diameter. You may find that it’s possible to shoot .224″ bullets. Also, you or your gunsmith could use cerrosafe to create a chamber cast, then try to match the chamber dimensions with another cartridge. Fired cases can provide some useful information about chamber dimensions, too.

Dimensions for the 228 Ackley are as follows:

Case Length: 2.29″
Head Diameter: .470″
Rim Diameter: .473″
Neck Diameter: .260″
Neck Length: .320″
Shoulder Length: .180″
Case Capacity: 57.71grains of water
Length to Shoulder: 1.79″
Shoulder Diameter: .439″
Shoulder Angle: 26.43 degrees

Dimensions for the 228 Hawk are as follows:

Case Length: 2.233″
Head Diameter: .467″
Rim Diameter: .472″
Neck Diameter: .261″
Neck Length: .342″
Shoulder Length: .221″
Case Capacity: 53.49grs of water
Length to Shoulder: 1.67″
Shoulder Diameter: .434″
Shoulder Angle: 21.37 degrees

Barnes hasn’t made any .228-caliber bullets for several years now, but we do see them come up for sale on the internet from time to time. Data and historical information for P.O. Ackley’s cartridges can be found in his Handbook For Shooters And Reloaders; however, I recommend proceeding with caution when using Ackley’s loads. They tend to be a bit on the “warm” side.

Thanks, Ty

We Aim to please, reloading is a great hobby, enjoy it.

Recipe of the Month

Boar in Honey Sauce

2 lb. boar loin

3/4 cup honey

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. sage

1/4 tsp. salt

Olive oil

1/4 cup port or sherry

2 cloves garlic

Cut loin into medallions, cross-grain, and shape with meat hammer. Sprinkle with pepper.
Brown both sides of meat in skillet over medium heat and remove. Add garlic, honey and spices and stir. Return meat to pan and heat, turning several times.

Remove meat and place in serving dish. Deglaze pan with wine and pour over meat. Surround with small glazed carrots, peppers, other vegetables and small potatoes and then serve.

Barnes News


Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Jake Theyerl

This is a boar I harvested near Paicines, CA. I made the 270-yard shot with a 180-grain Barnes TSX (.30-06). Dropped like a rock. I’ve had great success with your bullets. Other than the TSX bullets, I use your XPB pistol bullets in my sidearm and have finished about two dozen hogs via these. I’ve also used your muzzleloader bullets on whitetail in Wisconsin.

I mentioned briefly that I do quite a bit of promoting of Barnes bullets. Two years ago I started a program through the Institute for Wildlife Studies designed to help hunters transition into California’s lead ban. Many are still unaware of the lead-free bullets that are available. Through the program, I like to think we’ve saved at least a few hunters from hanging up their boots. Ultimately, we hope to keep as many hunters in the field as possible (we don’t want people to stop hunting just because they have to switch bullets). It’s a pretty neat program. Basically we purchase large amounts of ammunition loaded with non-lead bullets (mainly Barnes) and distribute it to folks to test free of charge. I also rent out shooting ranges and do a number of shooting demonstrations to illustrate the effectiveness of the lead-free alternatives. Basically, I try to mimic a number of the points discussed in the “Barnes Bullets: Myths Busted” DVD. FYI- I only use Barnes bullets for the demonstrations since I have so much confidence in them.

Take care,


Jake won the Montie Design Portable Shooting Rest

Prize for December

Caldwell’s Fire Control® Full Length Rest

Caldwell’s team of engineers has developed a series of rifle rests that incorporate their new “Fire Control” mechanism. “Fire Control” is an advanced alignment system that allows the shooter continual, one-hand adjustment of downrange crosshair alignment via a multi-directional control arm.

The Fire Control mechanism allows continuous adjustment of the front forend support by manipulating the control arm with your fingertips. Once the coarse adjustments have been made to position the rest, the control arm allows fluid movement for precise crosshair alignment without having to change shooting position to loosen or tighten rest components. The end result is unmatched control of crosshair alignment in a rock solid shooting platform which delivers better accuracy than any existing rest.

Simply move the control arm in any direction to precisely align the crosshairs on your target. The rest will hold the gun perfectly steady at any point with
no additional adjustments.

60 MOA or approximately 5 feet of adjustment at 100 yards.

This revolutionary development allows accuracy and speed previously unavailable in conventional rifle rests. The continuous precision adjustment of Fire Control allows the crosshairs to easily and quickly be manipulated as the shooter maintains a perfectly relaxed shooting position. Fire Control will give you the confidence of knowing your crosshairs will be precisely aligned as the trigger breaks. Providing control right up to the point of trigger break greatly enhances accuracy potential. Rests with fixed adjustment systems require the last micro alignment to come from leaning, pushing or pulling slightly on the gun and or rest, thus greatly limiting accuracy.

Another inherent benefit to the Fire Control rests is ease and speed of realignment after recoil. No more moving the entire rest back into position or loosening knobs and turning screws to realign. With up to 60″ of windage and elevation adjustment at 100 yards, getting back on target instantly after recoil from a previous shot is at your fingertips via the control arm.

In addition to the precision alignment mechanism, these rests are built to exacting tolerances and specifications to provide the rock solid performance Caldwell is known for.

For more information on the Fire Control visit Caldwell’s website .

Parting Shots

Larry Ciejka loaded his .257 Ackley with the Barnes 100 grain TTSX and shot two virtually identical seven shot groups at 200 yards. That’s some group, Larry!

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