December, 2012 Barnes Bullet-N
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|Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
The week of November 12th, my husband Randy and I, daughter Jessica and son-in-law Thad went to Texas to film a television show that Barnes sponsors called Trophy Hunters TV. Trophy Hunters TV airs on the Outdoor Channel. We hunted on Steve & Kellye Hillmer’s historic Walker-Buckler River Ranch just outside of Albany, Texas. The weather was perfect – cool and not much humidity. The food and the company were perfect too. You couldn’t ask for anything more. Oh, and lots of game to watch as well. Our guide, Danny Hale, did a great job putting us all in front of the action. If you want to experience phenomenal Texas hunting without high fences, this is most definitely the place for you to go.
We were at the WB Ranch to test products and enjoy spending time with good friends who love to hunt. However, the biggest reason we were there was that Randy and I were to going to give a home away to a couple through the Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF).
Lt. General Leroy Sisco (Ret), CEO of MWSF, NRA and TX Trophy Hunters Association Board Member, and Josh Kinser, Senior Director of Field Activities for MWSF (a wounded hero who served with the 82nd Airborne) arrange donors for the program, and do a lot of leg work putting it together. Josh oversees the activities of the Purple Heart Ranch for MWSF which provides our wounded heroes the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with their families and thank them for their service. Click here to watch the Purple Heart Ranch YouTube video.
Randy and I were asked early this year if we wanted to participate in the Homes For Heroes program. We emphatically said – “you bet”!!! MWSF has already given away over 250 homes this year to wounded heroes that have come back home with extreme injuries. We applaud them for doing this as we feel it is a very worthy project. It is great for us to be able to offer some kind of pay back to our soldiers for the sacrifices they have made for our country.
The couple we gave the home to is James and Laura Gordon from San Antonio, Texas. James has overcome some extreme physical obstacles after being wounded in Afghanistan, but is doing well with a few challenges left to deal with. James took this great buck with a 300 Win Mag and a 165 gr. TTSX bullet loaded in VOR-TX Ammunition.
|Wounded hero James Gordon with his trophy whitetail.|
|Top, left to right: Kriste and Danny Hale (guide), Josh Kinser, Steve & Kellye Hillmer (ranch owners). Middle, left to right: General Leroy Sisco, Thad and Jessica Stevens. Bottom, left to right: James & Laura Gordon, Randy & Coni Brooks.|
It was nice to be able to hunt and get to know them for a few days, and then present them with a great surprise at the end of the hunt. The home is in San Antonio, and they started moving in the end of November. They had no idea they were getting the home when they arrived at the ranch. They just thought they were there to have a fun hunt. Laura had never taken an animal before and she shot a whitetail buck and a whitetail doe. She is now hooked on hunting.
|James & Laura Gordon’s new home|
I also took a great buck the first morning of our hunt. It usually doesn’t work that way for me. Normally, I put a lot more time into it before I reap the benefits but regardless, I was pretty happy after getting something that early in the hunt. I was shooting my custom 300 Win Mag built by Kerry O’Day of MG Arms and VOR-TX Ammunition with a 165 gr. TTSX bullet. The deer went down quickly, and all was captured on film for an episode of Trophy Hunters TV.
Jessica shot two management bucks and two hogs. She used Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition in 44 Magnum and 300 AAC Blackout. Using Thad’s Smith & Wesson model 629 with iron sights, this whitetail was the first big game animal she had ever taken with a handgun. Needless to say she was pretty excited! The other animals were taken with a 300 AAC Blackout built on an AAC upper and DPMS lower with a 16 1/4″ barrel.
|44 Magnum 225 Gr. XPB VOR-TX Handgun Ammunition, 35 yards||300 AAC BLK 110 Gr. TAC-TX VOR-TX Ammunition, 170#, 140 yards|
|300 AAC BLK 110 Gr. TAC-TX VOR-TX Ammunition, 238#, 160 yards||Jessica & Coni with Butch Hillmer, our fabulous ranch cook|
Thad also shot a really nice 13-pt whitetail and two mammoth hogs. He was shooting a new DPMS 308 Win sub-compact with a 16 1/4″ barrel, and a Surgeon 300 Win Mag and handloaded LRX bullets.
|308 Win 150 Gr. TTSX VOR-TX Ammunition, 286# & +300# hogs, 110 & 120 yards||300 Win Mag, Barnes LRX, 180 yards|
We will give all Club-X members a heads up when the Trophy Hunters TV episode is about to air. It will most likely end up as two episodes – there was a lot that happened at the Walker-Buckler Ranch that week. The episodes will likely air sometime mid-next year.
I hope this Christmas season that you will find it in your heart to find someone in need. It may be with labor, with food, with Christmas gifts or with money. I can guarantee you that you will feel much better when you do kind and thoughtful things for someone you know or don’t know.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year!!!
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We received some great questions from customers this past month. Check them out.
Pavel H. asks:
I would like to ask you for information concerning your TSX bullets. Since I own a Sako rifle, I prefer Sako ammunition, and there is a TSX option that they load in the 308 Winchester cartridge, but no more detailed information is available. Is it a boattail bullet and what is the BC value?
Second – some other producers have all monolithic bullets and they use copper-zinc alloy, claiming – it is harder, fouls less, lower pressure etc. You have grooves to eliminate fouling and pressure but can you give some technical points why you prefer copper to copper alloys if it is so “cool”? By the way, do you register some difference in barrel life with your TSX bullets when comparing stainless vs. chrome moly barrels?
I know it is a lot of information, but I have learned that manufacturer knows the best…
Thank you in advance for your kind answer and wish you all the best in your business.
The 165gr TSX bullet that Sako loads in their 308 Winchester ammunition is a boat tail design and the BC value is .398, as tested with the G1 drag function at a distance of 300 yds in an actual fired test. Barnes produces some of the most accurate BC information in the industry.
We use 99.95% pure copper to facilitate reliable bullet expansion each and every time, and we test every 5000 rounds produced to ensure it. I believe the competition uses the cheaper guilding metal to set themselves apart and make erroneous claims of less fouling and lower pressures. You can also note that accuracy is at the bottom of the list in their literature and we regularly get calls about the competition’s poor performance in this regard. However, this is an area where the Barnes bullets excel with 99% of our customers claiming excellent accuracy and a few of them winning matches with our TSX hunting bullets! This information is based upon a 3 month survey with 566 of 568 folks suggesting they achieved excellent accuracy with our TSX bullets. And I’m proud to say that these are facts that you can take to the bank, and not marketing hype.
I’m surprised to see prominent bullet manufacturers that have only been making all copper projectiles for about 3 years suggest that they have a superior product – after all we have been making the pure-copper Barnes bullets for nearly 25 years, and they are time proven. As the saying goes “imitation is the best form of flattery…”
We find both Stainless and Chrome moly barrels give about the same life regardless of the bullet used, so choose the one you prefer.
We appreciate your great comments, questions and patronage!
Jack B. asks:
I am looking for load data and have heard you would send a PDF file.
I would like to load your 30 caliber 110 grain TTSX bullet in a 308 Winchester.
I live in North Dakota so temperature differences will be a factor in my powder selection. I would like more information than the two loads shown on your website.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Please see the load data attached to this email for the 308 Win 110 gr TTSX bullets.
Temperature can affect some powders more than others, so you’ll be smart to choose a temperature resistant powder if you shoot and or hunt in a variety of temperatures. Below are some tests we conducted with various powders in various cartridges. Because the results will vary from cartridge to cartridge with a given powder, these tests are in no way absolute and conclusive – but they do give you an idea of the amount of variation possible and how it may affect your load. I personally use and recommend the Hodgdon Extreme line.
Ty Herring | Consumer Service – Lead Tech
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.
I took this mule deer buck October 25, 2012 in northern Utah. I was shooting a 300 Win. Mag. with a 168 gr. TTSX bullet. The shot was almost straight on at 175 yards. The bullet entered the chest and exited just in front of the right hip. The buck went 50 yards and piled up.
I also took a 5×5 elk on this trip with the same gun. Shoulder shot at 260 yards was a complete pass through. The bull went 30 yards and piled up.
Thanks for making tough bullets that are extremely accurate with perfect terminal performance.
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This month’s recipe is a specialty of outdoor writer Jeff John. Jeff didn’t actually send this to me. I received it from Pat Munday, Sr. Marketing Manager of Leupold. There are some phenomenal cooks in the shooting industry, and we tend to swap notes a lot. Pat recommended serving this recipe over chili dogs as a must-try.
- Jessica Brooks-Stevens
- Brown ground beef and onions, drain. Add remaining ingredients except tomato sauce and simmer 1 hour. Add tomato sauce, stir in to thicken and serve over grilled hot dogs. Enough for about 8-10 hot dogs. Good for Chili Burgers, too. Top dog with mustard, top chili with fresh chopped onions and grated cheddar cheese.
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Kurtis Lukasik was the winner of the November Club-X prize. Kurtis received a handmade, made in the USA Rifleman’s Rest. Congratulations Kurtis.
Hello Barnes Club X!!! WOW I have won again with Barnes X Bullets! I grew up on the south edge of the city of San Antonio, Texas. My first experience with shooting occurred on September 15th of 1970. I remember the day because it was my oldest brother Kevin’s 10th birthday. My dad had bought him a Red Rider Daisy BB gun for his birthday and as the great father he was he taught me to shoot it. A couple of shots at an empty Coke can and… I was only 5 years old then and I was hooked on shooting even more so than my brother’s were. My dad was an outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish.
Deer season was my time of year and I enjoyed it more than Christmas. My time hunting with my dad was cherished and the memories will last forever. He spent most nights working in the garage on transmissions, but some nights he would do reloading. I remember the RCBS press and his gun closet. I still use some of his reloading equipment like his powder scale and case trimmer to reload my ammo. He passed away in May of 1979 way before Barnes X Bullets but he left a legacy of hunting and shooting to me and my older brothers.
I thank my brother Ken for introducing me to the Barnes awesome X Bullets. With them I have the perfect bullets for use in my ultra high velocity rifles. Barnes X’s all-copper construction is the only bullet I use. At over 4,100 fps copper jacketed bullets out of my custom built wildcat 257-300 Weatherby Magnum never make it to the target. I know that I can depend on the X bullet for my type of hunting and shooting needs. They are very accurate when seated properly as recommended by Barnes. The new shooting rest will come in handy and will get lots of use – thanks Club X for my newest addition to my shooting equipment. The nice Buck (13 points and just over 200 lbs.) my largest so far is in the photo was taken last year at my buddies property south of Hondo, Texas – thanks to Paul and the Zepeda Ranch. I shot it with my 6.5mm Remington Mag and a 140 gr. XLC. The Buck dropped dead where it stood. Yes, in my hunting rifles I only use X Bullets. Thanks again Club X!!!
There are two 600 Nitro Express bullets listed in the 1986 Barnes product catalog. Both of these bullets are .620″ and weighed 900 grains. What is the main distinguishing factor between these two behemoths?
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 Wednesday, December 5th at 8:00 am. Posts made before and after that time will not be accepted.
We will be posting this announcement on the Barnes Facebook page on or after Wednesday, December 5th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.
November Facebook Contest Winner:
Congratulations to Jim Griffon for being the winner of the November Facebook question. Jim received a box of 300 RUM 180-grain VOR-TX Ammunition.
Guess the score! The closest guess to the score of the buck taken by Amberlee Worwood with a .308 130 gr. TTSX will be the winner of the Barnes November Facebook question. Click Here to see Amberlee’s buck.
Answer: Jim’s guess was dead-on at 161 1/8″