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February 2013, Barnes Bullet-N


Barnes Introduces the 2013 Spring Rebate

Ty Gives Tips For a 338 Win Mag Load

Don’t Miss This Month’s Club-X Prize

Get a Jump on the February Facebook Question

AR Guns & Hunting Does a Coyote & Winter Special

Product Availability Alert

The new for 2013 270 LRX is shipping to retailers now.

Retailers by state and online that carry Barnes Components
Retailers by state and online that carry Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition


Learn more about the LRX

TAC-XPD Product Update

TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition will be available to retailers:
.380 Auto – 2/14/2013
.40 S&W – 2/21/2013
.45 ACP +P – 2/28/2013
9mm Luger +P – 3/07/2012

Retailers by state and online that carry Barnes Components
Retailers by state and online that carry Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition


Learn More About TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition

February Special

MPG Box and Sectioned Bullet

Predator Hunters, this special’s just for you!

15% off these select MPG bullets:

22476: 224 Caliber 55 Grain MPG FB 100 pack – promo-code: predator1
27701: 6.8 Caliber 85 Grain MPG FB 100 pack – promo-code: predator2
30817: 30 Caliber 150 Grain MPG FB 50 pack – promo-code: predator3
31008: 7.62×39 108 Grain MPG FB 50 pack – promo-code: predator4

To take advantage of this offer enter the promo-code during check-out in the Barnes Store.

Spring Rebate Offer


While many of us are in the middle of a very cold winter, we thought we would try to warm things up a bit with our 2013 Spring rebate.

Up to $12 cash back on
Varmint Grenades, Match Burners and Varminators.
Up to $20 cash back on VOR-TX Safari.

Click Here to Learn More and Download the Rebate Form.


Coni’s Corner

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


We have two trade shows under our belts with a few more yet to come. May I say that the Shot Show and the Safari Club Show were more than outstanding successes? It was so good seeing everyone, but there was a lot sickness at both shows and of course my daughter Jessica and I came down with the creeping crud as well. We are now on the mend and hopefully will stay well as we have definitely paid our dues!!!

Everyone is excited about our new TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition. As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, it will be offered in 380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 Auto. We will start shipping in mid-February and will have all offerings out by the mid-March. Check your stores!

I have finally made the move to book a Leopard hunt with some good friends of ours from Kilombero North Safaris in Tanzania. I will be going the last two weeks of August. Once the leopard is taken we will go for Crocodile and Cape buffalo and a few other things if time allows. My husband Randy will be going with me.

I shot a very nice leopard in 1992 in Zimbabwe. Leopard is something I have wanted since I was a little girl. The leopard was an amazing 190-200 lbs. In other words a very big leopard!!!

Coni Brooks Leopard 1992

Unfortunately, the taxidermist did not get the hide tanned correctly and it was ruined. Of course, I wasn’t a happy camper about this whole situation. The one trophy I have wanted the most and the only one that was ruined. Not much I could do about that as it isn’t fixable – so I just have to try and get another one. Hopefully my luck is much better when it comes to taking care of the hide for mounting on this leopard – I will be doing a life size mount.
We really do appreciate our Club-X Members and we enjoy sharing stories and updates on Barnes products with you. We hope you have a great month of February and keep on shooting. Remember we have bullets and ammunition for almost every kind of shooting!!!!

Coni Brooks

Locked & Loaded: Big Gear Giveaway

Enter a chance to win a case of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition and other great prizes.
Learn more by clicking on the image below.

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Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

Question 1:
I would appreciate any advice or direction you could assist me with recommending a powder for the 338 Win Mag using the 225-gr TTSX.

I have a hunt scheduled for a Red Stag and have come across a problem. I do not want to bash other bullet companies but have had a few bad experiences lately with the bullet I have been reloading. It completely separated from the core and fragmented pretty bad on two occasions shooting wild hogs. With that I am very hesitant using it on Red Stag.

Unfortunately, where I live we do not have a very good selection of ammo for 338′s and especially now everyone has bought just about everything up. Luckily I was able to shoot 6 rounds of the 225-gr VOR-TX TTSX that a friend of mine had. It was his last six and he does not reload. My rifle printed on paper two, three shot groups both under .450″ at 100yds. Wow I was impressed. My other bullets printed between .4” and .6” but again completely separated. My local shop had the 225-gr TTSX bullets so I picked them up.

The powder that I use for this rifle (Savage 116 Bear Hunter) is H4831SC and I am pushing the load at 2840 fps. I noticed you do not list H4831SC on your load data and I probably do not want to use it any longer due to limited case volume with the TTSX to obtain desired velocity. IMR4350 shoots very well but I live in south Texas and have noticed a problem with temperature changes affecting my groups with other rifles.

Can you please get me as close to what is being used powder wise in your factory ammunition? I know it is proprietary information and do not expect you to give me the exact powder but would greatly appreciate help in the right direction with a more temperature stable powder allowing me to obtain the 2800 mark. I was considering the Ram Shot Hunter. Any help will be appreciated.

Thank You,
Chad B.

H4831SC is a great choice for a temperature stable powder – I highly recommend its use in this application. It will likely be a bit more compressed than the listed data using our 225-gr TSX bullet (at 102% with a COAL of 3.320” and a max charge of 71.0gr) but I don’t expect it to be excessive. Depending on brass thickness and consequent case capacity, it should be about 105% to 107% load density – this is well within our standards. You could also stretch the COAL to 3.340” for a slight reduction in load density. Hunter is also a great option as it too is a fairly temperature stable powder.

As for the powder used in the Barnes VOR-TX factory load, it is approximately the same burn rate as IMR or H4350. H4350 would also be a good choice for a temperature stable powder with slightly less load density, but H4831SC would still be my first choice.


Question 2:
I am going to change from the Expander MZ bullets to the TMZ bullets. My question is, do I need to change to the MMP sabots? I am shooting a Savage model 10MLII using 43-grs of VV N-110. I am worried that I may blow out the sabots that come with the bullets. If I do use the sabots that come with the bullets, can I use the MMP ballistic bridge sub bases with them?

Ken D.

The high pressure yellow sabots that we purchase from MMP and include in our TMZ packages hold up very well under extreme pressure. You may not need a sub-base to protect them. I suggest you walk out and pick up the fired sabots in order to make this determination. If they are cracked and splitting around the cup as a result of high pressure, you’ll likely get poor groups and a sub-base will be needed. If they swell but don’t crack – it’s likely there’s no need for a sub-base. Sub-bases can be ordered direct from MMP @ 870-741-5019 — ask for Coni.


Ty Herring | Consumer Service – Lead Tech

Barnes Awards

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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.

AR Guns & Hunting – Coyote Special.

AR eblast

Success Story

Roderick Yaksich

Rod Yaksich - Persian Ibex - 50 Cal. 245 Gr. Spit-Fire MZ

I am an avid hunter and have taken some fantastic animals with your products. My favorite way to hunt is with a muzzleloader and the Spit-Fire MZ in 245-gr is my “go-to” bullet. I have many photos but have (included) two of the largest of my trophies. The first is a Persian Ibex that I took in SE New Mexico. These animals are on public land and free range. This Billy is currently ranked number six for muzzleloader in SCI. Also, (below is) a picture of a giant buck I took this year using the Spit-Fire MZ. Not yet officially measured but predicted to go fairly high in the SCI muzzleloader books for mule deer. Your product is fantastic, I use it in combination with Blackthorn 209 and CCI Mag 209 primers. I have taken many other mule deer, pronghorn, and Barbary sheep with this combination.

Rod Yaksich - Mule Deer - 50 Cal. 245 Gr. Spit-Fire MZ

I also reload using your TSX and TTSX bullets. Last year my 11 year old daughter took a 170” mule deer using a 85-gr TSX in 243. Low recoil and dropped him stone dead! She has another mule deer hunt this year in NE New Mexico during the last week of Nov. I have a good feeling she will top that buck! Again, thanks for making products that flat out get the job done.


Recipe Of The Month

Club-X Members are invited to share favorite recipes (preferably with photos). Send to, and be sure to include “CLUB-X RECIPE” in the Subject line and get a Barnes hat if we use your recipe.

This month’s recipe came from Evan Yearsley with Barnes’ Quality Assurance. After much prodding and begging we were able to get him to share his guarded recipe that has satisfied many taste buds in the office.

Evan’s Jerky

  • 10 lbs. Meat
  • 3/4 cup Worchester Sauce
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Fresh Garlic (5 Cloves)


Preparation Instructions:
  1. Cut the meat into 1/4″ slices.
  2. Combine soy sauce, Worchester sauce, brown sugar, salt and crushed garlic cloves into bowl.
  3. Marinate meat in mixture for 3-4 hours .
  4. Once marinated, place meat in dryer racks, apply cracked pepper to taste, then put in dryer for 8 hours.

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    Monthly Club-X Prize

    February Club-X Prize

    This month’s prize includes gun cleaning accessories, one of the most versatile all-weather fixed-blade knives around and a world-renowned lubricant and solvent. “Reload” on Remington gear or “load up” your friends and family with a Remington Sportsman ammo gift box. Gun care products and accessories from the name you trust.

    Kit Includes:

    • 9 3/16″ (Overall) Sportsman Series Non-Slip Guthook Knife w/ Leather Sheath
    • 27 Piece Sportsman Universal Gun Cleaning Kit
    • Large Rem Pad Gun Cleaning Mat and Rem Cloth
    • 52″ Silicone-Treated Gun Sack
    • 2 oz Brite Bore Solvent; 1 oz Rem Oil

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    Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

    February Question:
    For two years running, what boxed Barnes component has been the highest selling bullet from the Barnes lineup? Be specific: inlude the caliber, weight, style (BT or FB) and design (Varmint Grenade, Triple-Shock, etc.). One guess per person.

    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 when this announcement is posted on or after Thursday, February 7th at 8:00 am MDT. Posts made before that time will not be accepted. Good Luck!

    January Facebook Contest Winner:
    Congratulations to Blaine Dye for being the winner of the January Facebook question. Blaine received a box of 7mm 168-gr. LRX bullets.

    January Question:
    Guess cartridges, left to right in the picture below.


    Blaine Dye’s answer:
    4.6×30,22 PPC, 6.5×55, 300 H&H, 30-378 WTHBY, 9.3x74R, 416 Dakota, 505 Gibbs

    Parting Shot

    SCI booth

    The Barnes crew had a blast at SHOT Show and the SCI shows in January.
    If you missed us there, you can catch us at many other upcoming events. Click here to find out where you can see us next.