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February 2009 Barnes Bullet-N

Randy Brooks Message:  

Here at Barnes, we’re more than halfway through our trade show season, which runs until mid-April. It’s always a pleasure to return from these shows and report to our employees who don’t go to these shows about the successes we’re having. I wish they could talk with the people who visit our booth, and hear the great comments they give us.

At dealer and retailer events like the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) show we recently attended in Orlando, we’re regularly congratulated on our excellent fulfillment and delivery record. When an order comes in, it’s quickly filled with an average of 98.6 percent of the products requested. We’re proud to say this delivery rate is the best in the industry!

Retailers and dealers tell us they’re happy with our advertising campaigns. Barnes’ ads are designed to inform, excite and educate customers about new products, and they’ve been very effective. It’s great getting this kind of feedback from those who sell our products. It’s a testament to our excellent employees and the fine work they do.

We’ve just returned from the Safari Club International show in Reno, Nevada. This is a consumer show that allows us to talk directly with you, our customers. We hear how our bullets have performed on hunts, and listen carefully to any suggestions offered.

At SHOT, it was a distinct pleasure to talk to the operators and soldiers who are fighting to keep us free. They were highly interested in the new M/LE line of tactical bullets we’ve just introduced. While these bullets were designed primarily for military and law enforcement, we’ve made some of these bullets available to consumers for self-protection and home defense.

It’s extremely satisfying to talk one-on-one with our customers, and see the support Barnes products enjoy. This support continues to grow every year, thanks to the great results our bullets deliver.

I’m so proud of the great people working here at Barnes. They make my job easy as I talk and do business with others in the industry. Here’s a special thanks to our employees—and to you, our customers, for your loyal support.

Randy Brooks

I predict 2009 will be a very interesting year. The present administration will bring a lot of challenges to our sport of shooting and hunting. We all have to be willing to support the sportsman lobby groups with not only finances, but also in helping them spread the word about how they’re helping us keep our rights to bear arms. Without those groups, we wouldn’t have the opportunities we do today to hunt, fish and own firearms. I personally appreciate all that they do. I have enjoyed being a part of those groups, helping out in any way I can.

Barnes had a tremendous year in 2008! Thanks to all our loyal customers and new customers who are learning what great products we have to offer. We are very proud of the quality and performance of all our products. We’re also proud of the people here at Barnes who make sure our products are the best that they can be. We are ready for 2009, and will never tire of coming up with new and innovative products.

A few of our competitors are attempting to copy our successes. We consider these imitations a form of flattery. The Barnes X Bullet was first introduced in the 1980s. Since that time, almost a quarter of a century ago, we have continued to improve our products. Here at Barnes, we enjoy being the leader in this industry. You can bet we’re not through introducing more new and innovative products that will keep others chasing after our successes. We love what we do, and are passionate about creating great products for our customers.

We recently attended the SHOT Show in Orlando—a great trade show that all of us enjoy attending. Then we traveled to the Safari Club Convention in Reno. We were extremely busy at both shows—particularly the Safari Club Convention. Many customers stopped by the booth to look us in the eye and simply say “thanks” for such a wonderful product. We had many stop by with photos and stories of their successful hunts. We always enjoy listening to their stories and sharing in their excitement.

We also talked with many guides, outfitters and professional hunters who strongly advise their clients to use only Barnes Bullets. This is a great testament that not only do we make great products, we make products that work. When you’re hunting dangerous game, it’s vitally important to have a bullet you can count on to put the animal down! It may be a matter of life or death—not only to the hunter, but the professional hunter as well.

We want to thank all those attendees at both shows for stopping by the booth. Thanks again for your kind words and support. We truly appreciate your comments.

I want to remind everyone that we are now selling factory ammunition loaded with Barnes Bullets on our website store. We’re offering this ammunition through our store because many customers who don’t have the time or equipment to reload sometimes have a hard time finding the ammunition they need. We’re trying to help these customers by providing an alternative if they can’t find factory ammunition loaded with Barnes Bullets through their regular sources. We’re doing our best to keep as much ammunition in stock as possible. Factories we offer this ammunition from are: COR®BON, Black Hills, Weatherby, International Cartridge Co. (ICC) and Silver States Armory.

Federal Cartridge also makes factory ammunition loaded with Barnes Bullets. Although we are not offering Federal ammunition through our store at this time, Federal Vital Shock ammunition is available from your local retailer or mail order catalog.

We wish you a great new year in 2009, and again want to express how much we appreciate your business and support. Without our customers, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Happy hunting and shooting.

Coni Brooks

Ty’s Tips

Question: Question: I have been reloading Nosler Partitions for my 7mm Remington Magnum, but wanted to try your Triple-Shock X bullets. I was looking at the 140-grain 7mm bullets, and noticed that the TSX has three bands, whereas the Tipped TSX has four bands in this weight and caliber. Why is it designed this way? Is there any advantage/disadvantage in loading either one? Also, are there any special considerations I should be aware of when loading these bullets? Thank you.

—Shannon Dauzat

Answer: Answer: Typically, the number of grooves is determined by the length of shank each bullet has. However, in the early days of Triple-Shock development we applied three grooves to every bullet. Over time, with further research and development, we found that in many cases more or even less than three grooves achieved better results for a particular diameter and/or weight. The same load data applies to matched weights of Triple-Shocks and Tipped TSX bullets no matter the number of grooves on the shank. We suggest you pay no attention to where the grooves fall when seating the bullets. Determine a cartridge overall length that will fit and feed properly from your magazine.

The Triple-Shock design has proven itself over time to be effective on everything from whitetail deer to dangerous game. No other bullet produces the deep penetration and terminal performance delivered by the TSX. The TSX and the Tipped TSX expand rapidly over a wide range of velocities. Both have multiple grooves to relieve pressures, increase accuracy and reduce fouling. The tip enhances the ballistic coefficient for long-range shooting. It also initiates expansion for reliable performance no matter the size of the animal or shot placement. Either way, you’re using the best hunting bullet available today.

I hope this information helps.


Question: I have some questions regarding your bullets for the .300 WSM. Loading to the maximum overall length of 2.86 inches seats the 168-grain Tipped TSX too deeply in the case. Is the ogive of all the tipped bullets sharper than the ogive on the regular TSX? I like to crimp hunting bullets into a groove using the Lee Factory crimping die, and will have to trim the cases about 0.04-0.05 inch undersize to do this. I am sure your technical staff has encountered these and other problems loading the new short magnum cases with their short COAL (Cartridge Overall Length) constraints. What solutions have you found that work best?

I would like to add that in 60 years of hunting and 52 years of reloading, I have never seen a bullet as superior as the Barnes Triple-Shock. That includes the Originals from Fred Barnes, experimental bullets from Bitterroot Bonded, every Nosler starting with the lathe-turned Trophy Bonded from Jack Carter in Texas, Speer’s African Grand Slam, the Swift A Frame, etc.

My favorite load of all time is the 250-grain Triple-Shock loaded to 2990 fps with Norma MRP for my custom .338 Remington Ultra-Mag. This combination has taken more than 100 animals in Africa, with results that continually amazed my professional hunters.

Ranges varied from 20-400 yards. I made frontal, side and quartering shots on everything from impala to Cape buffalo. The load consistently delivered one-half-minute or accuracy. Thanks for your help.

—Bill Boggs

Answer: Answer: The .308-caliber 168-grain TTSX has a long, streamlined ogive to maximize the ballistic coefficient. Therefore, it’s not possible to meet the SAAMI Maximum COAL of 2.860 inches with this bullet in the 300 WSM. When seating this bullet in this cartridge, make sure the case mouth does not extend over the ogive. Then simply seat the bullet to a cartridge overall length that will fit and feed from your magazine.

Thanks for the great testimonial! Best of luck and continuing success with Barnes Bullets.


Success Story

Ron Spomer

I took this elk with .280 Ackley custom made by Rifles Inc, firing a 140-grain TSX boat tail at a range of 450 yards. My super guide T.J Redder of Wyoming Expeditions outfitters called the bull out of the trees and 300 yards across the mountainside by imitating a cow in estrus. Steady support on a BOGpod tripod made the long shot possible. As anticipated, a canyon crosswind of unknown velocity deflected the first two shots—the range was much farther than we’d guessed — resulting in paunch hits. But the TSXs made enough of an impact that the bull stood until I could compensate. Holding 18 inches into the wind resulted in a perfect, high shoulder shot that dropped him in his tracks.

I killed this jet-black bear on the last morning of my Vancouver Island fall hunt with Darren DeLuca. The bear sauntered around a river bend. When it reached the clearest spot on the bank and was about to hit our scent trail, we shouted to stop it at about 100 yards. Unfortunately, it slammed on the brakes right where an alder limb crossed its chest. Hoping to slip a 100-gr TSX Weatherby factory load from my Merkel .257 Weatherby Magnum single shot under the limb, I aimed low, fired—and smacked the limb dead center. Not to worry. The high-speed little Triple Shock merely punched its way through, broke the bear’s shoulder, demolished its vitals and kept on going! We found the expired bear in a log jam about 50 yards away.

—Ron Spomer

Recipe of the Month

Stuffed Venison Steak

1 lb. round venison steak cut thin
1 tsp. sage
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg
1 cup milk or broth
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 medium diced onion
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 cup bread crumbs
1 tbsp. flour
1/2 cup sherry
2 tbsp. bacon fat

Mix bread crumbs, milk, egg, and seasonings to make stuffing. Salt the meat and cut into 2″ x 4″ pieces. Spread each piece or meat with dressing and roll, fastening the rolls with toothpicks. Roll in flour and brown in fat. Place in pan, add sherry and water, cover and cook for 2 hours at 375 degrees.

Barnes News


Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Robert White

Robert White from Pocatello, Idaho won the Gannett™ Two Burner Camo Stove.

Prize for February

Alpen Pro 10×42 Binocular Model #390

The Alpen Pro Model #390 10×42 binocular is waterproof to meet extreme, all-weather conditions. Its sleek, slip-free ergonomic grip provides a secure purchase in wet, freezing weather. This quality binocular offers excellent optical clarity, color fidelity and brightness.

Features include fully multi-coated optics and BaK4 high-refractive, phase-correction coated prisms. Long eye relief and twist-up eyecups allow full-field viewing for eyeglass wearers. The binocular is ergonomically styled for comfort and rubber-armored for maximum protection. A rubber eyepiece rain guard is included, along with a durable carrying case and a premium, extra-wide neck strap.

The Alpen Pro model #390 10×42 waterproof binocular won the 2008 Outdoor Life Gear Test “Great Buy” award. MSRP: $211.00

• BaK4 prisms for a bright, sharp, high-resolution image.
• Phase coated for superior image clarity and contrast and color correct image.
• Fully Multicoated lenses for superb brightness.
• Long eye relief for viewing comfort when wearing eyeglasses.
• Twist-up eyecups.
• Comfortable and durable rubber body armoring.
• Fully O-ring sealed and nitrogen filled for waterproof and fog proof performance in any condition.
• Soft rubber eyepiece rain guard and objective lens covers for lens protection.
• Durable nylon carrying case.
• Tripod adaptable
• Alpen’s lifetime warranty
• 10x magnification
• 42mm objective lens
• 330-foot field of view at 1,000 feet
• A full 16mm of eye relief
• Focuses as close as seven feet

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Parting Shots

This is a 5-shot group from a Kimber of Oregon “S” series rifle in 22 Hornet with the new 30-grain Barnes Varmint Grenade. The rifle has a 22.5” barrel and a 1:16 twist. This group was posted at 100 yards while at the Tri County Gun Club in Sherwood, Oregon and was witnessed by Pat Mundy, Director of Public Relations at Leupold and Stevens. Wade Stevens, the shooter, is the Key Accounts Manager at Crimson Trace.

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