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June Coni’s Corner photo contest winners announced


& Venison Gyro Recipe


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Coni’s Corner

Women who behave, rarely make history. -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  

My daughter, Jessica, and I attended a portion of Utah State’s American Legion Convention in Fillmore, Utah this past month. This is a wonderful organization full of extremely dedicated people seeking further opportunities to contribute to their communities, state and nation. Their Purpose Statement is “Individual commitment to a group effort is what makes a community work, a society work, a civilization work.” I’m certain this statement serves as an important reminder for these individuals daily as they strive to implement those ideals into the activities they are involved in.

We were proud to accept a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the Barnes organization for “Outstanding Achievement in the Employment of Veterans during the year 2011.” The Employment Committee chose Barnes to receive the award this year, but as Jessica stated in the acceptance, Barnes benefits greatly by employing active duty and veterans. “I’m not certain which is the greater force: current and past members of our country’s military being drawn to our business, or if we are drawn to them. Probably both factor in. The armed services fosters loyalty, respect and the ability to work in a group setting to achieve a common goal. Those qualities are at the top of our list when identifying new hires. I suppose it is for these reasons, and many more, that we employ so many of these fine individuals at Barnes.”

During this special holiday, we would like to thank the men and women who serve and have served in the Armed Services, and their families as well. May God bless those who are away from us at this time, and know our thoughts and prayers are with them in a spirit of gratitude for their service to us and this great Nation.

Happy Independence Day everyone.

Coni Brooks

July Special

Free shipping for the month of July*

Barnes will be celebrating the 4th of July by offering free shipping* anywhere in the USA for the month of July on items purchased through the Barnes Store. Celebrate your independence from shipping costs by shopping now.

*This special Free Shipping offer applies only to shipments in the USA.

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Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

For July, we are highlighting some more great questions from our patrons.

Wade makes a great suggestion: I see that you published the length of the MPG bullets (0.935”) – BTW it would be great if the bullet lengths were published on the website for all your bullets – would take about 10 minutes to put up a link.

Thanks, Wade

We appreciate your great suggestion Wade, and the answer is OK. We are currently updating our web site to include bullet lengths for component bullets in the “Products” section. You can now access bullet lengths for Barnes bullets on the website. From the home page, click on the Products tab, scroll down to Components and make the appropriate selection from Rifle, Muzzleloader or Pistol. Click on the appropriate bullet style and scroll down to the caliber and weight you’re looking for. The bullet length can be found under the “LG” column in between B.C. and Cat#. Click here to go directly to the Tipped TSX page containing bullet length information. Watch for these and many other changes to our site over the coming weeks and months.

Your comments and patronage are appreciated!

Matt asks: I am interested in your LRX bullets and would like to load them for a .338 Win Mag. Do you have an LRX bullet that can be used in a 338 Win Mag? I’ve used the TSX in a 185 grain and am interested in shooting even longer ranges with the rifle.

Thanks, Matt
The .338 cal 265gr and 280gr LRX are labeled with “338 Lapua” because we want folks to understand that they perform best in a .338 cal cartridge that is capable of pushing them to the higher velocities – thereby taking advantage of their unique qualities i.e. the reduced impact rating of only 1600fps and the stretched nose and boat tail configuration that increases the BC value. However the .338 cal 225gr TTSX has the same minimum impact rating of only 1600fps and still has a great BC value of .514. This is an excellent option for the 338 Win Mag that will allow you to lengthen your hunting distances.

Try this free trajectory program to determine a max hunting range for this option under your circumstances. See the link below. From sea level and 59 degrees, and at a muzzle velocity of 2750fps – you can expect to shoot to 725yds and still achieve bullet expansion with the 225gr TTSX!

Big Game Info

Keep in mind we are recommending the TSX load data for use with the TTSX Bullets.

Good shooting,

Ty Herring – Lead Technician, Barnes Bullets

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 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.


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Success Story

This month’s Success Stories feature the winners of the Coni’s Corner June Photo Contest. Congratulations guys and gals! Each winner will receive 2 free boxes of Barnes Components or VOR-TX Ammunition of their choice.

Wayne & Sarah King

Had I not passed up a couple of bulls during the September archery season, scoring on a double with my oldest daughter would have never taken place. Though the rifle season was already in for a week or so, we managed to find a herd of over 150 elk in our first hour of our first time out. Creeping within 75 yards of the herd Sarah took the first 5 pt bull with a browning .270. The herd ran about a half mile and began to feed and bed again. Using the same rifle, another Barnes 130gr Triple-Shock put down a bedded 7pt.

Wayne and Sarah King

Sarah Connelley

My daughter, Sarah, and I recently made a Safari Hunt in South Africa. All the animals were killed with one shot, using Barnes TSX and Tipped TSX bullets at ranges from 50 to 125 yards!
Sarah shot her first animal ever, an Impala at 80 yds. One shot, through the heart! She used a .270 Win. in a Weatherby Vanguard with 130 gr. Tipped TSX handloads.

Barnes never fails.


Thomas Connelly
Only uses Barnes.

Ryan Muckenhirn

I took this Wyoming buck at about 270 yards with my .300 Weatherby, loaded with the 130gr Barnes Tipped TSX, moving at about 3650 fps. This has been a favorite load of mine in that rifle, which has now accounted for two antelope and three mule deer since I’ve began using it. It is extremely accurate, with regular groups printing under 3/4 MOA at 100 yards and even a few 1/2 MOA groups at 200 yards.

Thanks for keeping me in venison!


Ryan Muckenhirn

Michael Austin

My first Alaskan Moose. We flew into a remote drop camp about 300 miles northwest of Alaska along the Swift River. After a spot and stalk, I crawled to within 100 yards of this 58” wide monster. The Barnes 180 gr TSX out of a 300 Win Mag was all that was needed. He didn’t even move after the first shot.

After that, the real hard work began. There was almost 1400 pounds of moose that needed to be cleaned, caped, and hauled uphill to get to a point where the bush planes could land and retrieve us and the moose. I believe the pilots made about six trips to remove men and moose.

Great trip and great bullets!!

Michael Austin

Steve Arnovick

I had a great trip in Namibia in 2011 with my wife for our 30th anniversary and thankfully we had very nice weather.

During the stalk on the Blesbuck we found ourselves covered in bugs, but with the herd of Blesbuck in front of us we couldn’t brush them off for fear of spooking them. After waiting in ambush for over an hour to get the right shot opportunity it finally happened. One shot DRT at 250 yards with the 30-06 168 gr Tipped TSX got me my prized Namibian Gold Medal Blesbuck.

-Steve Arnovick

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.

An easy and very tasty summer recipe. Venison strips are marinated in cumin, marjoram, and oregano for a wild game meat twist on this classic Greek sandwich. I serve this at home with pasta salad. No leftovers for the fridge after this meal! -Jessica Brooks-Stevens


Serves: 6, Prep: 15 min, Cook: 30 minutes

3 lbs. venison, cut into 1/4″ strips

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

2 teaspoons of dried marjoram

2 teaspoons of dried rosemary

1 tablespoon of dried oregano

1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar

1 package of pita bread, warmed

salt and pepper to taste

Cucumber Sauce (recipe below)


1. Whisk together the olive oil, cumin, garlic, marjoram, rosemary, oregano, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add the venison strips, and toss to evenly coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the venison strips, a half pound at a time, until the venison has browned on the outside and is no longer pink on the inside, about 8 minutes. Pile the meat onto warmed pitas. Top with your choice of veggies and cucumber sauce to serve.

Cucumber Sauce Ingredients:

• 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded
• 1 (8 ounce) container light sour cream
• 1 garlic clove, minced
• 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
• 1/2 teaspoon salt

Sauce Preparation:

Grate cucumber and place in a colander, pressing to drain excess liquid. Place between paper towels and pat dry.
Stir together cucumber and remaining ingredients. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

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Monthly Club-X Prize

Congratulations June Club-X Prize Winner Gary Densow!

Gary will receive a

Rand’s 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.

Gary Wrote to Barnes:

I’m very excited about the Rand hat. What a great prize. Thank you very much.

I’m fortunate to live on a large gun dog training facility on the Snoqualmie River near Fall City Washington. The people who come here are all avid dog people, hunters and fishermen. The tradition goes back a long time. I always take my scissors when I go around the owner’s Polar bear mount and tell him I need some hair for some steelhead flys.

I bought my first box of Barnes Bullets over 30 years ago. I loved reloading and shooting. I liked Barnes’ consistency at the bench and I never worried about the performance in the field. It always exceeded expectations. I lost sight in my right eye a few years ago and I’m too lazy to learn to shoot left-handed. Any more I just tell embellished tales and listen to stories of great hunts from others. I know first hand the fine reputation Barnes Bullets has among avid hunters and reloaders around here. One man, older than even I, says that if you are going to Africa for the big boys Barnes is the only bullet you would even consider. I try to keep current on reloading and shooting sports. It is a fascinating subject that I continue to enjoy even as a spectator.

I’ve included a picture of some people out training and one of my dogs, Goose. I don’t think I’ve got a picture of me taken in the last 30 years. I tend to be a bit rough on camera lenses.

Our congratulations and thanks go out to Gary for being this month’s Club-X prize winner and a valued Barnes supporter.

Club-X Prize for July

BARNES FAN Package. The package will include a 100% cotton Barnes T-shirt, a Barnes Optimized for Your Target hunting cap in Mossy Oak Camo, a solid brass Barnes Belt Buckle, and a Barnes Paracord Survival bracelet.

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

JULY QUESTION: In the Barnes Reloading Manual #4, what does Brian Pearce specifically state in his article “Handloading Barnes X Pistol Bullets” about the XPB’s wound channels in ballistic gelatin and wet newsprint?

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 on or after Monday, July 9th at 8:00 am Mountain Time. Posts made before that time will not be accepted.

We will be posting this announcement on the Barnes Facebook page on or after Monday, July 9th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

June Facebook Contest Winner:
Bill Bisson was the winner of the June Facebook question. Bill recieved a box of .308 175 gr. LRX bullets. Congratulations Bill.

June Question:
What was the first animal taken with the Barnes Triple-Shock, and who was the hunter?
The first animal taken with the Barnes Triple-Shock was a Caribou taken by Jessica Brooks in Alaska with a 308 Winchester and a 168 grain prototype TSX.

Parting Shots

Left to right: Thad Stevens, Barnes Ballistics Lab Manager, “Uncle Ted” Nugent and Mike Painter, Barnes OEM Sales Manager on a recent ammo T&E trip. Thad was officially dubbed Ted’s “Ballistic Blood Brother”. The ceremonial details remain unclear, and we aren’t asking!