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December 2010 Barnes Bullet-N

Randy Brooks Message:  

There are definitely some things in this world that don’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Politics for one, but wolves on the endangered species list is certainly at the top of my list. Am I sounding bit like a broken record to some of you? If I am, it is because we all need to really understand the seriousness of the situation.

I am sure you are aware to some degree of the goings-on in the western states regarding wolves. To quickly re-cap, in 2009 there was a major breakthrough. The wolves were finally taken off the endangered species list which allowed the states to have the ability to manage them while at the same time properly conserving the big game populations (notice I didn’t say shoot and kill them into extinction). However, just as the permit holders chambered a round and were squeezing the trigger, wolves were placed back on the endangered species list. Actually, the hunt did continue through the winter, and many wolves were taken in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, but it seemed like just after wolves were delisted and the states were given the go-ahead to manage within their own boundaries, the government ripped the rug right out from under us and the wolves were “endangered” again. This action really ruffled feathers, especially state officials such as Idaho’s Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter who announced October 18, 2010 that his state will no longer act as the federal government’s “designated agent” for wolf management. He stated, “As you know, Idaho stands ready to manage wolves when the species are once again delisted. Until then, the state will not manage wolves as the designated agent of the federal government.” It is going to take this kind of stance from state officials and many of us who are concerned about conserving our big game herds to overturn this legislation.

I am certain there are those who would like to contribute to this cause but feel powerless due to distance of travel, inexperience in the political world or simply question the correct avenue to let their voice be heard. If this is the case, I would highly recommend you go to and at least sign the petition. You can also send a donation through the website that allows the founders of Big Game Forever to fight for this cause on our behalf.

While we may not be able to control all the decisions at the top, we can do our part to preserve that which has molded this country and made it what it is today. Conserving and managing the great outdoors through hunting with family and friends is where foundations are established and a lifetime of memories made. We must do our part to insure these traditions for future generations. The wolf issue is just that critical.

Be sure to read Coni’s Corner to see what my girls were up to last month. If you haven’t visited the Barnes Facebook page, check it out and post your photos and comments. I am far from being one of those “Social Networkers”, but even I can appreciate the speed and ease at which we have the ability to communicate these days. Seems like such a long time ago that Coni was explaining to me how the fax machine works. Heck, I still can’t run the dang thing!

I wish you all an enjoyable holiday season and look forward to 2011.


Welcome to December! I’m actually looking forward to watching the snow fall. We live in a very beautiful area backed by Mt. Nebo which is an amazing mountain and I enjoy looking at it every day. We have deer feeding in our yard in the winter and eating on my pine trees (which I plan on protecting this year.) Last year, many of my trees looked like they came out of the Charlie Brown Christmas tree lot after the deer got through eating on them!

Majestic Mt. Nebo

In November, I had two hunts planned: elk in New Mexico and whitetail in Missouri. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to participate with Jessica in Missouri for whitetail as I was not finished in New Mexico.

The first morning we hit an area way before sun up to see if we could surprise a big boy that might be browsing around. We waited and waited very patiently for the light of day to come. We spotted a really nice bull way off in the distance – but too far to make a stalk without disturbing him or getting to him in time. We watched while he and a few other bulls leisurely strolled into a thick covered area to bed down for the day. After mulling over the situation, we opted to come back in the afternoon to catch them feeding.

Murphy’s Law kicked into gear and provided a pretty full and bright moon, so unfortunately the early evening brought us nothing. We were sure they were feeding way into the night and didn’t come out when it was light enough to shoot. Anyway, a few more days of hunting brought lots of elk to view but not the one I was after so I came home without one.

However, Jessica had a very successful hunt in Missouri. She hunted with Grant Woods of Growing Deer TV and shot a very nice whitetail buck that scored 154”. Click here to watch the show. While you’re there, you may want to peruse Grant’s site to check out his strategies to manage for bigger deer as he is a top authority on the subject.

Jessica’s Missouri whitetail taken with the new VOR-TX Ammunition!

Jessica used our new VOR-TX Ammunition in 30-06 loaded with a 150-grain TTSX. The bullet was found just under the hide on the opposite shoulder – a perfect mushroom.

Jessica’s TTSX bullet recovered from her trophy whitetail buck

Coincidentally, this whitetail was taken with the same rifle she used to shoot her first Utah mule deer – a custom rifle that Randy built for her when she was a teenager. She has loved it ever since. At that time, Barnes was a few years away from officially announcing our new X Bullet. The muley buck was shot clean through the shoulders, and the bullet exited. Luckily, Randy noticed a slight scuff in the dirt-bank just next to where the deer lay. A few inches of digging produced a perfectly expanded X Bullet that retained 98.55% of its original weight. We used a photo of that bullet in our first X Bullet catalog.

Jessica’s X Bullet recovered from her first muley

Well, as we all know hunting challenges us in many ways. For me, it isn’t always about what you bring home – it’s the experiences that you have. I have many experiences that I could go on for days about and I wouldn’t trade any of them, tough or tougher. That is what makes hunting special and I’m just so glad that my father and husband supported me in hunting and the outdoors. Of course, it didn’t take much to encourage me as I loved it from day one but for those of you who have wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends, children and grandchildren that need some encouragement – just don’t ever give up on them.

We will be offering a SLEW of new products for 2011, but I have been told to keep it under wraps for just a few more weeks. Be watching for a special edition mid-December email blast detailing our 2011 New Product Lineup.

Thanks for your support, and remember to send us your photos from this season.


Barnes’ Tips, Tools, and Techniques

Can you believe we have come to the end of another great year? Anymore it seems the months just fly by! We are in the peak hunting season for much of the eastern US and it’s very busy here at Barnes as we prepare for the New Year.

I had a call just the other day where a customer and I were discussing the specific trajectory of his rifle. As I keyed the information into a ballistics program and went through the usual questions about velocity, temperature, altitude etc., we came to what the program refers to as “sight height”. The customer was unfamiliar with this term and I wondered how many other folks must be confused by this reference and how it pertains to the trajectory from your firearm? Sight height is referring to the distance from the center of the bore to the center of the scope or line of sight.

On your typical bolt action rifle with a scope, different rings and bases will change this distance by a fraction of an inch and it will ever so slightly change the trajectory. Most of the scope and ring combinations range between 1.3 inches and 1.7 inches and most programs default to 1.5 inches. However many of the AR type rifles could have a sight height of as much as 2.6 inches and many other types of rifles, shotguns and particularly pistols are equipped with iron sights that may have a sight height of less than an inch. These are examples of why it’s important to measure and key in the proper dimensions when using a program to determine your specific trajectory.

I hope all of you enjoy this column as much as I enjoy bringing these tidbits of information up for review.
I’m wishing all of you a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Ty Herring – Barnes Lead Tech

Success Story

Marshall Goulding

My 82 yr. old father (Marshall Goulding) took this beautiful 5 x 6 bull elk at 65 yards with a Weatherby Mark V 30-06 loaded with with a Barnes 165-grain TSX. This bull was not a monster but my dad said is was big enough for him!

Thanks to the whole team at Barnes for the great products and a special thanks to Ryan Farr and Ryan Keele for all the help and info they gave me preparing for this hunt.


The son of a great man,

-Larry Goulding

Recipe of the Month

Wild Boar Pot Roast

- 4-5 Lbs. boar roast

- 1/2 cup chopped onion

- 1/2 cup chopped carrots

- 1/2 cup chopped celery

- Salt and pepper

- Garlic to taste

- 2 tablespoons of bacon fat

- 1 tsp. powdered sage

- 1/2 cup flour

- 1 1/2 cup red wine


Season flour with sage and salt & pepper.
Place roast in zip lock type bag with 1/2 cup seasoned flour and shake to coat.
Remove roast and retain the remaining flour.
Place bacon fat in large dutch oven and heat.
Cook roast on all sides until browned.
Add onions, carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes.
Place remaining ingredients in your pot.
Add enough water to just cover the roast and cook until fork tender.
Remove vegetables and roast and drain cooking liquid to a sauce pan.
Stirring constantly, add remaining flour until gravy is formed.
Place roast and vegetables on serving plate.
Pour gravy over meat and serve.

Barnes News


Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Ron Mobley

Ron Mobley of Rancho Cordova, CA is the winner of the Remington’s Heritage Series Big Game knife featured in the November newsletter. This kit will come in handy for all of his outdoor and hunting adventures!

For more information on this great knife visit Remington’s site.

Prize for January

Remington’s Fast Snap™ 2.0 Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun Cleaning Kits

Fast Snap™ 2.0 – Pistol/Revolver Cleaning System.
Fast Snap™ 2.0 – Rifle Cleaning System

Fast Snap™ 2.0 – Shotgun Cleaning System

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.

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

Know you brass? Try your hand at guessing the cartridge name (ie. . .223 Remington) of the brass pictured above! First person to guess the right answer will win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX ammunition. The posting may begin on Monday, December 6th at 7:00 am Mountain Time. Posts made before that time will not be accepted.

We will be posting this announcement on our Facebook page on Monday, December 6th by 7:00 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

Congratulations to Christian Therkildsen from Clarendon, NC for guessing the correct score on the contest featured in last months newsletter. Christian won a box of Barnes 30-06 150-grain VOR-TX ammunition!

Parting Shots

Above is a picture of my daughter’s, Signe Gostomski, first deer. We hunted a friends ranch in Texas. He told me that he had some pretty nice axis deer roaming the property. Knowing that, I wanted to choose a bullet that was not only accurate, but would pack a punch to larger animals. She was shooting a LWRCI REPR, in 7.62 NATO. I chose the Barnes 30 cal 168-grain TTSX to get the job done!

The end result was a perfect 100-yard heart shot. The animal ran about 30 yards before expiring. This was a very quick, humane kill that I attribute to your product. Thank you for making such an accurate, get-the-job-done bullet.

-Victor Gostomski

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