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July 2009 Barnes Bullet-N

Randy Brooks Message:  

A couple of weeks ago, outdoor writers Ron Spomer of the North American Hunter magazine and Aaron Carter of The American Rifleman, stopped by to visit our new facility and do some prairie dog hunting.

The first day, Ron and Aaron toured the plant while I accompanied Ron’s wife, Betsy, on a horseback ride into the mountains just behind our property. As we rode to the site where Coni and I plan to eventually build a cabin, we enjoyed watching several mule deer. I was hoping to run across the band of Bighorn sheep that live in the area, but we weren’t that lucky.

While Betsy and I enjoyed the outdoors and the mountain scenery, my daughter Jessica guided our guests through the plant. After the manufacturing, packaging and shipping tour was complete she dropped them off in the lab for several hours. Various product tests were conducted, and they were able to witness first hand the day to day goings-on in the Barnes Ballistics Lab.

Later in the afternoon we visited my tack shed. Now this is not your ordinary “tack storage facility.” I splurged and made a few improvements such as a loft and outdoor deck, complete with a shooting bench! Hey, a guy’s gotta have his own, special place just the way he wants it, right? We all took turns shooting steel targets at various ranges from the bench. Ron, Aaron, Coni and Jessica warmed up with the Savage Model 12 rifles and CorBon ammo they’d be hunting with the following day. I used a favorite .223 I’d built years ago on a Remington 700 action. Each rifle was equipped with a Leupold VX-3 6.5-20 x 50mm LR Target scope.

While the steel targets were at distances of 150 to 430 yards, we had little trouble shattering the 36-grain Varmint Grenades against them. Both Aaron and Ron commented on how flat the little bullets were shooting. Starting out at some 3800 feet per second, the bullets appeared to have almost a straight-line trajectory. Leupold’s Varmint Hunter reticle is a really nice feature as it takes most of the guess-work right out of things.

That evening, we grilled some steaks and told each other hunting stories. After a two-hour drive over the magnificent Skyline Drive the following morning, we reached the farm of my good friend Joe Humphries, where we’d do our hunting.

Over the next several hours, we did our duty and thinned the prairie dog population. Most of the shooting was at ranges between 200 and 350 yards, although Jessica made a terrific shot on a prairie dog 440 yards away. The little bullet delivered excellent accuracy, and we all had a great time.

Shooting is a wonderful pastime that brings family and friends together. When celebrating Independence Day this month, we can all be grateful for our freedom to own firearms and travel where and when we please. We live in a wonderful country, for which we should all give thanks.

 

Randy Brooks shooting, Jessica Brooks spotting prairie dogs.
Savage rifles, CorBon ammo, and Leupold optics were used.

Ron Spomer of North American Hunter magazine shooting steel targets
with Varmint Grenades at distances of 150 to 430 yards.

Aaron Carter of The American Rifleman magazine shooting steel off
the deck of the “tack shed”.

Photos courtesy of Ron Spomer

-Randy Brooks


These past few months have been mind-blowing. Not only with all that’s been happening in our industry and record bullet sales, but also with our move and getting situated in the new building. The new facility and its equipment are now 99-percent complete, and we’re so happy to have things organized and running smoothly once again. It is also great to be located in this wonderful, small community. We truly appreciate the open land and clean air it has to offer.

In May of this year, several employees and myself went on a feral hog hunt in Northern Utah. We tested several different types of bullets, including the TSX, TTSX, Spit-Fire T-EZ muzzleloader bullets, XPB handgun bullets and the new Barnes Buster bullet. I had the opportunity to shoot an enormous boar which weighed an estimated 650 pounds with the new 400-grain Buster bullet in a .45-70 lever rifle.

I was about 50 yards away from the hog when I fired. The bullet entered the chest, traveled the entire length of the body, exited one back leg, then entered and exited the other rear leg. Penetration was exactly what we’d hoped for. The hog had so much fat on its body I couldn’t believe it. Everyone who watched the shot was amazed at how well the bullet performed. The shot and its outcome couldn’t have been more perfect.

Greg Christensen, our production manager, also shot a hog with a .45-70 firing a 400-grain Barnes Buster. His son, Jayce, shot a hog with a .300 WSM and a 168-grain TSX bullet. Gregg Sloan from our lab shot a hog with a .50-caliber 290-grain Spit-Fire T-EZ, and our lab manager Thad Stevens shot another with his .44 magnum handgun and a 300-grain Barnes Buster bullet. Thad’s son, Riley, also shot a Merino sheep with a Wilson Combat M-4T using a 62-grain TSX boattail bullet. All the bullets performed to perfection and we all had a great time. We brought lots of hog meat home, and offered some to employees who didn’t go on the hunt.

The new Barnes Buster .45/70 400 grain bullet is new and many distributors and dealers haven’t ordered this bullet yet but, in the meantime, if you want to give them a try you can order them from our store website. In the very near future, we will also be adding .44, .45, and .500 Magnum revolvers. So please check our store often.

There’s no better test medium for bullets than game in actual hunting situations. That allows us to really learn what our bullets will do. Because of that, we try to hunt several types of game in different kinds of hunting situations as often as we can.

We’re still waiting to find out what this next hunting season will bring. I’m hoping to draw a mule deer tag in Arizona. I had no luck here in Utah, so my choices are running thin. We’d planned a trip to New Zealand in June, but with our hectic schedules these past few months we just couldn’t make it happen. We hope to try again next year, and also do some hunting in Australia, as well.

Bullet sales are still skyrocketing, and we remain very proud of our order fulfillment rate—which averages an incredible 98 percent on handloading components! Randy and I couldn’t be more proud of our employees and the way they make things happen here at Barnes. Even with our move, we didn’t skip a beat—and that’s a feat in itself! We’re looking forward to another wonderful year of exceptional growth. We promise to continue offering amazing, innovative new products to you, our customers.

On Saturday June 13th, we had our official Grand Opening of our new facility. We advertised it in a few county papers and put flyers up in local gun shops notifying residents that we would be providing tours through our factory from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is a pretty rural area, so we anticipated 750 to 1,000 people. At 9:30 a.m. we had people lined up outside the door to get in. Within that short 6 hour time frame we ran about 1700 people through the plant. Even the downpour of rain for about one hour didn’t stop them from coming. We were very pleased with the turn out and the attendees seemed pleased as well. We gave every person the grand tour of bullet making from beginning to end. They were also able to see the life size mounts and head mounts of animals from around the world that Randy and I have taken over the years.

If you find yourself out this way (Mona, Utah—very near the center of the state), please accept our invitation to stop in and visit our new facility that we’re so very proud of. We are just off the 1-15 freeway and approximately 70 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Below is a photograph of the new building. The 75,000-square-foot facility has plenty of room for now, with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.

We wish you and your family a terrific summer. Remember, we welcome your comments and encourage you to send stories and pictures of your own and your family’s hunts. We especially encourage photos and stories of women and youth.

Thanks for your participation in Club X. We appreciate your support of Barnes Bullets.

Happy hunting and shooting,

-Coni


Ty’s Tips

Q.
I have some 50-plus .30-06 Lake City cases from various years. Some have acquired a film or coating that looks like surface corrosion. Is there a method to remove it safely, or should I bite the bullet (so to speak) and discard them? I hate to do the latter, as the cost of brass today is very high. Thanks, and may God bless.

A.
If the cases are just color tarnished, they should be fine to use. Tumble them in standard corncob or walnut shell media. But if they are actually etched (like rust pitting), they should probably be disposed of.

Q.
I have a Browning Model 1885 Traditional Hunter in .30-30 chambering. I am interested in loading the 130-grain .308 Triple Shock for deer and antelope. Can I safely exceed your published .30-30 data with this gun? My friends say yes, but I thought I’d better check with you first and see what you recommend.

A.
We do suggest that the .308-caliber 130-grain TSX (pointed bullet) can be used in single-shot .30-30 rifles or rifles with a box magazine. Pointed bullets cannot be used in tubular magazines. Recoil may cause the bullet’s pointed nose to indent the primer of the cartridge in front of it, causing a chain fire.

As far as exceeding published load data is concerned, we cannot make that recommendation. The rifle you have is very strong and may withstand higher pressures—however, the weak link here may be the case. Cases are often built to accommodate a specific pressure limit, and if you exceed that limit the case may fail. We recommend staying with our published load data.


Recipe of the Month

Baked Pheasant With Rice

Breasts, legs & thighs of 2 pheasants

3/4 c. uncooked rice

1 tbsp. grated onion

2 tsp. chicken stock base

1/2 stick butter (1/4 lb.)

Salt & pepper to taste

1 ( 3oz.) can mushrooms

2 c. water

Roll pheasant in flour and brown. Cut breasts in half. Place rice, salt and pepper into large greased casserole and add onion. Add mushrooms and juice. Place pheasant on rice mixture, add chicken stock, dissolved in water. Dot with butter. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Serve 4 to 6. Wild rice may be used.



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Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Leroy Allen

I have been an educator for the past 35 years. I am currently employed with Birmingham Board of Education. I hunt with bow, rifle, handgun and shotgun. Deer hunting is my favorite pastime, but small game—doves, pheasants, ducks, squirrels and rabbits—also get my attention during hunting season. My favorite Barnes rifle bullet is the 115-grain .25-caliber TSX bullet. It gets the job done every time.

—Leroy Allen


Leroy won the Wheeler Engineering Professional Scope Mounting Kit


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Parting Shots

This is a 5/8”, 5-shot group fired with the new 80-grain Tipped TSX in a .243 Winchester. The target was delivered to Barnes personally by Dick Graham, a long time business associate and friend. Dick has been shooting X Bullets going back to the early years, and now loads Triple-Shocks and Tipped TSXs in his hunting rifles.


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