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February 2012 Barnes Bullet-N


Shortly after the New Year, a group of Barnes folks headed down to the Walker-Buckler Ranch in Albany, Texas for a few days of hog and whitetail hunting. It was a top priority for the group to get a few animals down with our newly introduced VOR-TX ammunition in 300 AAC Blackout (300 AAC BLK) loaded with the new 110 grain TAC-TX. This new 110 grain TAC-TX bullet with a specially designed black tip is offered exclusively for the 300 AAC BLK and 300 Whisper cartridges. The profile promotes smooth feeding in AR-style rifles, and it expands at lower velocities than standard Tipped TSX bullets for these reduced velocity cartridges. This Barnes bullet / VOR-TX ammo is deadly on whitetail deer out to 300 yards. This new TAC-TX bullet will be AVAILABLE MID-FEBRUARY from the Barnes store,and by the end of February from retailers; the 300 AAC BLK VOR-TX Ammunition will be available in April through VOR-TX retailers only.

We were all very impressed with what this ranch deemed as their “management bucks”. The deer were very plentiful, and the hogs were well fed! Everyone was successful in taking whitetail and hogs, and most of our shots were captured on camera for a Trophy Hunter’s TV show to air early in third quarter on the Outdoor Channel.

The Walker-Buckler Ranch and its crew were very accommodating hosts, knowledgeable hunters and a lot of fun to be around. We look forward to going back with them again next year and eating up some more of Butch’s great cookin’!

Thad Stevens, Barnes’ Ballistics Lab Manager, and 400 lb. sow taken with a DPMS rifle chambered in 300 AAC Blackout and 110 grain TAC-TX VOR-TX Ammunition.

L to R: Jessica Brooks-Stevens, Barnes’ Product & Marketing Manager, and hog taken at 75 yards with a 30-06 and 150 grain TTSX VOR-TX. Randy Brooks, Barnes’ President, and hog taken with 270 Winchester 130 grain TTSX VOR-TX Ammunition.

Gregg Sloan, Barnes’ Ballistics Special Projects, and hog taken with a DPMS 300 AAC BLK and 110 grain TAC-TX VOR-TX Ammunition.

Jessica Brooks-Stevens with guide Danny Hale, and whitetail taken with a 30-06 and 150 grain TTSX VOR-TX Ammunition.

Thad Stevens and whitetail taken at 400 yards with a 6.5x284 and 120 grain Tipped TSX.

Coni’s Corner:  

Happy New Year to our Barnes Club X Members.

We are looking forward to a great year in 2012. We have added some wonderful new products to our line-up for 2012 so please check the new products out on our website if you haven’t already.

Also, some great news:

Barnes VOR-TX® Ammunition has been awarded the 2012 American Hunter Ammunition Product of the Year

We are very proud to be the winners of this award. Our VOR-TX Ammunition is getting great reviews. We receive stories daily from customers raving about the great performance and accuracy they are getting with VOR-TX Ammunition. We are extremely happy that we can now not only supply amazing products to reloaders but can also fulfill the non-reloaders wishes with ammunition that they can count on no matter what type of game they shoot.

We are in the show season now. SHOT Show and Safari Club International in Las Vegas are over. We are attending the Western Hunting & Outdoor Expo in Salt Lake City this week. The National Rifle Association Annual Meetings will be in St. Louis, Mo. April 13th through the 15th. We enjoy seeing our customers face to face and hearing about their past hunt successes and talking about their booked hunts for the future.

If you enjoy watching hunting shows we have three we would like to recommend that we are proud to sponsor: Eye of the Hunter on (NBC Sports Network), Trophy Hunters TV (Outdoor Channel). For the fall and winter season we will be on Tom Gresham’s Guns and Gear on (NBC Sports Network). You can check out show times in your area by checking your satellite TV schedule.

We thank you as always for your support and we gratefully appreciate your business.

February Special

Click here for the February 2012 Promotion PDF

Barnes’ Tips, Tools, and Techniques

We’re going to continue the virtual tour this month in the Ballistics Lab. Among other things, our Ballistics Lab shoots a function (bullet expansion) test every 5,000 bullets. We are very proud of this fact and tout it whenever we can. No other bullet manufacturer tests their product near as often and I believe this to be one of the reasons that we have such loyal customers. You can count on Barnes for correct function and terminal performance! In the video below I’ll accompany one of our techs into the water tank and shooting range and show you the results first hand.

This second video will show one of the technicians performing an accuracy test. Accuracy tests are performed throughout the bullet production process and again at the end of a run – just before the product is ready to ship. This ensures you that bullets perform as expected each and every time.

Ty Herring
Consumer Services Lead

Barnes Awards

JUST ANNOUNCED: VOR-TX Ammunition won the 2012 NRA American Hunter magazine’s Golden Bullseye Award for Ammunition Product of the Year! For more information on this award and the Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition click here.

Barnes Bullets is the proud recipient of the North American Hunting Club’s seal of approval for the TTSX. The TTSX received an outstanding 97% approval rating from the NAHC field test members. Click here to view the article.

Success Story

Randy Flowers

I shot my buck with a 25-06 using your 80 grain Tipped TSX at 340 yards. He dropped right there and never got up, complete penetration as usual.

My dad shot his at 430 yards with a 100 grain Tipped TSX from his .257 Wby Mag. That buck dropped like he was struck by lightning. I don’t think he even kicked. Great show, this buck had just run off another buck and was standing there all proud. Then he spotted us on the ridge and went to barking at us. I lasered him and dad laid down and dropped him.

This was near Raton, New Mexico. Tough conditions this year, pretty bad drought going on. Still managed to take good bucks, we have a great outfitter.

Thanks again for a great product.

Randy Flowers

Recipe of the Month

Easy Rabbit Stew

1 – Frozen dressed rabbit

1 – Large onion, cut-up

1 – Small green pepper, cut-up

1 or 2 – Stalks celery, sliced

2 – Cloves garlic, chopped

Salt and pepper

1/2 – Tsp. oregano

1 – Tbsp. dried parsley

1 or 2 – Carrots, cut-up

3 – Tbsp. catsup or tomato paste

Cayenne pepper to taste

1 – Cup liquid (white wine, cider, tomato sauce, or water)

Marinade: (either/or)

1. 1/2 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp. salt, 2 cloves garlic–
minced, and cold water to cover.


2. 1 cup dry vermouth, 1 bay leaf–
crumbled, and 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice.

Defrost rabbit meat overnight in one of the marinades above. Brown rabbit with vegetables in hot skillet for 5-10 minutes. Place rabbit and other ingredients in crock pot. Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours. Serves 4-6.

Barnes News



Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Ted Dziewiatowski

Thank you for being a member of Club-X. Ted won a custom Rands hat!

In the early west, one of the cowboy’s most important pieces of equipment was his hat. It shaded his eyes from the sun, kept the rain off his neck and, in a pinch, served as a bucket for water and feed. It was an integral part of his existence, and he was seldom without it. It was the first thing he put on in the morning, and the last thing he took off at night. Today’s cowboy, and those who fancy western apparel, expect no less from their hat than the cowboy in the old west. It reflects their taste and lifestyle. In this age of cheap workmanship, it is difficult to find the hat to fit these needs. It’s with that thought that Rand’s approaches the design and construction of their custom hats. Utilizing traditional artisan’s tools and skilled craftsmen, we have achieved a quality product that combines the skills of the past with the concerns of today. Antique copper steamers, wooden sizing blocks, curved pencil curling irons and other traditional implements abound at Rand’s, reminding us that the skills of the past are still with us.

For more information about Rand’s and the products they offer, click here.

Prize for January

Remington Heritage Series Knive

All of the Heritage Series knives are made in America from the finest materials and have their bolsters stamped with the same distinctive Remington Arms company shield that was present on all Remington firearms produced from 1888-1914.

For more information on this prize click here.

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

Correctly name the line of cartridges that was co-developed by Fred Barnes that was regarded by some as “the best and most efficient of the shortened magnum cartridges from 7mm to .450 inch”.

Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes Components. The posting may begin on or after Wednesday, February 15th 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 or after Wednesday, February 15th by 7:00 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

Congratulations to Brandon Miller for guessing the correct answer on the contest featured in last months newsletter! Brandon received a box of 25-06 100 gr TTSX VOR-TX Ammunition!

Parting Shots

Steve Blackard, Barnes Advisory Staff member, shot this group using his custom Remington 700 chambered in a 300 Win Mag with the 180 gr Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition. Great shooting Steve!