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February, 2014 Bullet-N



New Product For 2014

Coni’s Corner

Success Story

Ty’s Tips

This Month’s Club-X Contest Question & Prize


The Year 2014 Marks the 25th anniversary of the introduction of the X Bullet. This landmark innovation, made available to the public in 1989, launched a new era in bullet technology.

In 1985 Randy Brooks conceived the idea of an expanding, all-copper bullet while hunting brown bear in Alaska. The test and evaluation process began immediately upon the return home. Ten bullet were hand-made – five fired at the range for accuracy and five were fired into water for expansion. Testing continued through the winter and tooling improved. Twenty 375 caliber bullets were made and taken back to Alaska in the spring of 1986. It was on that hunt that randy took his first brown bear and the first animal taken with an X bullet. The 375 caliber projectile smashed through the 9’6” boar’s near shoulder, breaking through and destroying massive amounts of tissue, vital organs and bone, to exit the far side.

Over the next few years, in the field testing continued and the X bullet continued to prove itself on a variety of game including cape buffalo, big horn sheep, African plains, mountain lion game and elephant. Whitetail and antelope culls were also conducted to understand X bullet performance on thin skinned game.

Twenty-five years after its introduction to the market in 1989, Barnes pays tribute to the original, all-copper X bullet. Its trademark and legacy are in every Barnes’ all –copper projectile and ammunition product Barnes offer today. Competitors attempt to imitate, but fail to duplicate its proven performance. Barnes remains today the leader in bullet technology and innovation

2014 New Product

2014 VOR-TX Ammunition Additions:

300 AAC Blackout VOR-TX Box

The Barnes VOR-TX Centerfire Rifle ammunition lineup will see the addition of a 300 AAC Blackout, 120 grain TAC-TX round and a 338 Lapua, 280 grain LRX round. The TAC-TX and LRX bullets featured in these loads utilize proven Barnes’ all-copper bullet technology and performance – complete penetration, virtually 100-percent weight retention, and double diameter expansion.

VOR-TX Handgun ammunition, currently available in 357 Magnum, 41 Rem Mag, 44 Magnum, 45 Colt and 454 Casull, will see the addition of a much anticipated 10MM Auto load featuring a 155 grain XPB bullet. The XPB is the ideal handgun hunting bullet with maximum weight retention combined with excellent accuracy.

2014 TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition Additions

Barnes TAC-XPD 357 Magnum box

Barnes is expanding its TAC-XPD® line of defense ammunition with the addition of a 357 Magnum 125 grain TAC-XP round.
Introduced in 2013, TAC-XPD® has become known as the optimized solution for personal and home defense with offerings in 380 Auto, 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 Auto.

TAC-XPD® ammunition features reduced muzzle flash for low-light conditions, nickel plated cases and coated, all-copper TAC-XP bullets that produce smooth, reliable feeding. TAC-XPD delivers top all-copper bullet performance with less felt recoil for quicker shot recovery.

2014 Component Additions


It was 25 years ago that Barnes Bullets, LLC (“Barnes”) introduced the first all-copper expanding X Bullet for hunters. From the very first shot, the X Bullet shattered bones and records with its one-shot stopping power. For 2014, Barnes is adding two new bullets to the all-copper bullet lineup in the year of the X Bullet’s Silver Anniversary.

The new bullet component additions for 2014:
• 300 AAC Blackout 120 grain TAC-TX
• 30 Remington AR 125 grain TSX®

The 300 AAC Blackout 120 grain TAC-TX and 30 Remington AR 125 TSX® bullets feature optimized ogive designs and cannelure positions to ensure precise bullet crimping and flawless feeding in AR platforms. The all-copper design pioneered by Barnes provides instant expansion and deep penetration that ensures performance you can count on every time.

Coni’s Corner


- Walt Disney

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We apologize that we had to miss the January Barnes Newsletter. Things got extremely busy with getting year-end items complete along with preparing for numerous industry trade shows. Also, like everyone else we had employees ill with all types of issues so we had to pass on getting the newsletter out for January. However, here is February’s newsletter in all its glory and we hope you enjoy reading it.

One of the shows was the SHOT Show in January in Las Vegas which was very busy all four days and a real success. We’d like you to check out an interview that Jessica Brooks-Stevens did, talking about new products that Barnes has for 2014. Watch it here.

Also, an additional short video with outdoor writer and friend Ron Spomer with Randy Brooks – my husband and friend at the 2014 SHOT Show talking about the 25th Anniversary of the X-Bullet.

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Some of the Crew at the Barnes Booth – SHOT Show

We are preparing for the Safari Club International Show now which will be held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Show dates are February 5th through February 8th. We expect it to be a very busy show as well. We always look forward to seeing our wonderful Barnes customers and fans and letting them tell us about their hunting successes. We all know – every hunt is not always successful but it is always a fun and exciting adventure no matter what the outcome. I am a good example of a not very successful hunt. (I’ll take total blame for that!!) I’ll be searching at the S.C.I. Show for another opportunity to hunt leopard in 2014. If you fall off a horse – you have to get right back on – so I’m getting back up on the horse – so to speak, to try it again!!!

Remember that the N.R.A. Show will be held in Indianapolis April 25th through the 27th. That should be fun as well….

I hope all goes well for all of you this month and remember to be especially nice to your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend or friend as it will soon be Valentines Day…. Show them how much you love and appreciate them!!!

Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques Q&A February 2013

Question #1:
Are the pressure release grooves in the TSX bullets “cut” into them, or pressed in? I say they’re cut, another person says they’re pressed in. My position is that solid copper is too dense to press the grooves into. Thanks for the information.

The bullets themselves are formed via impact extrusion (pressed or swaged into form), but the grooves are cut in a separate operation where both bullet and cutter spin. So they are very concentric.

Question #2:
I was looking for some information on your 110gr TSX and TTSX .30 caliber bullets. I was wondering what their maximum velocity is and if you have load data for them in any of the .300 magnums, the .300 Winchester Magnum more importantly. I am looking to make an ultra fast 3700+ fps varmint load for coyotes and other small animals. I have seen a few 110gr VMAX’s disintegrate in mid-air above 3800 fps in a 1-10 twist barrel but I plan on using a 1-12 twist. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Our all copper TSX and TTSXA bullets are virtually impossible to “disintegrate in mid-air” like jacketed bullets under extreme spin. We have never been able to cause this scenario – regardless of the velocity and spin. Go ahead and shoot them at any velocity and with any barrel twist you like.

Ty Herring – Consumer Services

Barnes Awards

American Rifleman’s Editor’s Choice
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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.

Success Story

Garrett Jones

Garrett Jones

My experience with Barnes Ammunition started about 2 months ago when I received a Remington model 770 in .270 Win for my sixteenth birthday. I remember the feeling of greatness, finally having my own personal gun and with every great gun , comes great ammunition. Up to this point after getting my new Remington , I decided it was best to go break it in and get it zeroed for the upcoming season. Supposedly, according to my dad, these Barnes VOR-TX bullets were magic. I heard they were a world recognized brand but decided to ignore the the gossip and put the bullets to the test myself. To my surprise, the bullets were very effective and accurate! I shot a sub MOA group 1″ high at 100 yards, perfect for the distances I would be shooting at Texas Whitetails. My first encounter with this bullet made me realize how great it would be for hunting in the blind. Two months later I had a chance to go up to Llano, Texas and use these bullets on an absolutely amazing hunt. This was no average deer hunt, that morning in the blind as we were looking for a decent deer to shoot. We sat there for a while, and after an hour of sitting and observing bucks chasing does like crazy, an absolutely beautiful 8 point buck stepped out of the brush at about 150 yards. After some more watching and thinking, we decided he would be the one. I chambered a 130 grain VOR-TX into my Remington; feeling my heart beat realizing this would be the first deer I would shoot with my new gun. After calming my nerves down, I took a deep breath, squeezed the trigger, and watched as the bullet knocked him down automatically, no questions asked, the VOR-TX did the deed. Looking back on it, it was probably one of the better shots I have made on a deer, and because of this, I tip my hat to Barnes ammunition for making such a great product.


Garrett Jones
San Antonio, TX

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December Club-X Prize

As 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the X bullet Barnes is going to up the Club-X prizes this year as a special thank you to our valued and loyal customers. This month we are giving away a Barnes Bino Buddy – this system holds your expensive optics close to your chest and features a heavier duty strap that won’t stretch out like other systems. Along with the Barnes Bino Buddy system we are giving away a Remington Universal Cleaning system – this $110 value features the REM Squeeg-E system that makes cleaning your gun faster and easier. Lastly, this package includes a Commemorative 375 H&H dummy round and a 375 expanded bullet keychain – both of these items have been specially made to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the X Bullet and are part of a very limited quantity.

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This month’s Racksbooks/Facebook question:

Randy Brooks Alaskan Brown Bear

This year, being the 25th Anniversary of the introduction of the X Bullet, there is much discussion about the brown bear Randy Brooks took in the spring of 1986 with the first 375 caliber 270 grain proto-types. But, there has been little discussion ever about the second animal he took with the X Bullet. This month’s question is just that: What is the second animal Randy Brooks took with an X Bullet?

How to enter: A link to the submission page will be posted on the Barnes Racksbooks and Facebook pages on February 18th on or after 8:00 am MDT. The first person to accurately guess the answer will be the winner. Answers submitted before the link is posted and not submitted by following the link will not be accepted. Good Luck!

Parting Shot

Barnes was at the Safari Club International show in full force last week and giving away ammunition to 20 lucky winners – but we’re not done. We will also be attending the Western Hunting & Conservation Expo, which is being held in Salt Lake City from February 13th to the 16th and the 2014 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Indianapolis, April 25th to the 27th. If you get a chance to attend either of these shows be sure to enter to win a case of Barnes ammunition.