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Coni’s Corner

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

- Benjamin Franklin


Things are still hectic here at Barnes – we and many others in our industry just can’t seem to make enough product to meet the current demand. We want you to know that we are working around the clock to try to get product out as quickly as possible.

I know it seems we talk about the wolf issue a lot, but I feel it is so important to keep you members informed about what is going on. Randy and I are serious about helping BigGame Forever and getting wolves under the state’s control. If things continue on as they are, wildlife as we know it – or did know it in some cases – are and may be in short supply in the very near future.

Wolves need to be controlled and the best way to do it is outlined below. This press release came out on June 7th 2013 from BigGame Forever who work tirelessly at making sure our wildlife is protected.


Friday, June 7, 2013 Big Game Forever

Breaking News-National Wolf Delisting Rule Announced

Today, nationwide delisting of Canadian Wolves was announced by US Fish and Wildlife Service. See USFWS website This proposed plan provides state wildlife agencies with the management flexibility needed to protect deer, moose and elk populations.

“We applaud the decision by US Fish and Wildlife Service to restore management authority over Canadian wolves in the lower 48 states. State wildlife agencies do a great job managing cougar, black bear and other large predators. With the management flexibility provided under state management, they can effectively manage and protect wolves and other wildlife populations.” Ryan Benson, President of Big Game Forever.

In a press release from US Fish and Wildlife Service about today’s proposed delisting, Service Director Dan Ashe indicates, “An exhaustive review of the latest scientific and taxonomic information shows that we have accomplished that goal with the gray wolf, allowing us to focus our work under the ESA on recovery of the Mexican wolf subspecies in the Southwest.” The full proposed rule can be viewed at: The new draft delisting begins a federal rule making process that is expected to take between several months and up to a year to complete.

The proposed rule comes just weeks after 72 members of Congress sent a letter to US Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe in support of expanded wolf-delisting. The bipartisan and bicameral “Dear Colleague” letter was led by US Senators Orrin Hatch, Heidi Heitkamkp and John Barrasso in the US Senate and Representatives Cynthia Lummis, Jim Matheson, Steve Stivers and Doc Hastings in the US House of Representatives. In the letter, the Members of Congress write that “[wolves are not an endangered species and do not merit federal protections. The full delisting of the species and the return of the management of wolf populations to State governments is long overdue. State governments are fully qualified to responsibly manage wolf populations and are able to meet both the needs of local communities and wildlife populations.” They add that State wildlife managers “need to be able to respond to the needs of their native wildlife without being burdened by the impediments of the federal bureaucracy created by the ESA.”

“Conservation-minded sportsmen are passionate about protecting 100 years of sportsmen driven conservation efforts. Sportsmen have become the voice for moose, elk and deer that are beginning to disappear from America’s landscapes. We will continue to be active in the public comment process to ensure that the protection and recovery of wild game herds remains the focus on these efforts.” Don Peay founder of Big Game Forever.

Big Game Forever remains committed to its efforts to protect abundant wildlife and to ensure states have full authority to manage and protect their wildlife. We encourage conservation-minded sportsmen and livestock producers to add their voice to these important issues by signing the online petition at

Thanks for your attention to this all important matter and please sign the petition on the link posted above.

Good Shooting,


Muley & Coues in Sonora, Mexico

by Jessica Brooks-Stevens

Jess & Martin Flores, El Volteadero Ranch
Jessica & ranch owner Martin Flores

My husband, Thad, and I flew to Hermosillo, Mexico on Jan 2nd of this year to hunt coues and mule deer. We left Utah’s sub-zero temperatures and found ourselves in sunny 75 degree weather. We were cheerfully greeted by Martin Flores at the airport, owner of the El Volteadero Ranch. Martin took us for a nice seafood lunch at a local restaurant, and chauffeured us two hours northwest to the ranch.

The camp exceeded all expectations. A comfortable living quarters with full kitchen staff and authentic, homestyle Mexican meals. I became fast friends with Abraham, our head chef, and even talked him out of a few recipes. See the recipe section below for his excellent Peruano beans, and a later issue for a tutorial about how to make authentic mexican tortillas.

El Volteadero Ranch, Sonora, Mexico1

Wade Lemon Hunting provides the guides on the El Volteadero for hunters seeking muley, coues and desert bighorn sheep. Kalan Lemon and his crew had arrived a few days before to scout the area. The plan was to get a mule deer down for me, then drive north to another ranch for Thad’s coues deer. I told Kalan I was looking to take my first big typical buck – no trash. He thought the chances of accomplishing my goal were very good. I believed him whole-heartedly because the crew was made up of native-Utah guides I either know personally, or have heard about. All of them eat, drink and sleep mule deer hunting and I was excited!

Jeff Sipe of Montana Rifle Company built a custom Model 1999 Ultra Lite in 300 WSM for me to take on this hunt. He recruited Wayne York at Oregunsmithing & Pendleton Composites to build the stock and Cerakote the metal. I was shooting VOR-TX ammunition loaded with 150 grain Tipped TSX’s into sub-minute groups. I needed to be prepared to shoot at extended distances, so accuracy was a top priority. The Montana rifle and Leupold 4.5-14x40mm VX-3 scope functioned perfectly during practice, and I certainly had faith in the ammunition and bullet performance. Mexico was unfamiliar territory to me, but I was ready.

Jess' Muley

The first morning my guide, Bowdy Steele, planted us on a rock outcropping of a steep hill over a water hole 325 yards away and we glassed the desert floor. As we watched deer weave in and out the palo verdes, cactus and choya, I realized what excellent cover they had and that a successful stalk would be next to impossible.

We spotted the buck about half a mile away in the dense growth. We could do nothing but hope for luck that he would come to water and present a shot, but he and the does he was chasing had other plans. Guide Lee Evans sat three-quarters of the way up a tall, steep mountain just behind us. He was watching the buck from a great vantage point, and kept him in view as he traveled over several miles. He wandered around the desert floor in a large circle, sticking close to his harem of half a dozen. He fought off another buck mid-afternoon and traveled right back to the spot he started from that morning.

Jess' Muley watering

All eyes were glued to optics for hours as the group continued on their way towards us. Approximately an hour before dark he arrived at our water hole, but I didn’t have a clear shot. As he casually hung out behind the tall growth, I held the crosshairs on him for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, he stepped out into the open, turned broadside and I fired. It was a clean miss under his belly. “NO! THIS IS NOT HAPPENING!” I screamed inside my head. As the does scattered, I began thinking about my husband just a few feet away from me. I knew he had to be gritting his teeth down to nubs, struggling to keep his cool and not rush me to jack another round in quickly and fire! I was nerved up and tense. And then, mirroring the voice of the sweetest, most encouraging mother, I hear Bowdy say “It’s alright, Jess. He ran 25 yards to the left and stopped just behind a tree. Take your time, he’s just standing there.” I shifted my full focus to Bowdy’s calming voice (that little angel) as he directed me to where the buck stood. I aimed and fired again. No! Another miss! Thad and Bowdy saw the tree limb explode right in front of the buck. Like a machine, I chambered another round and continued to focus on Bowdy’s voice while scanning the thick growth. “It’s ok Jess, he’s just walked another 10 yards to the left” he said as calm and sweet as ever. “To the left of what!” I urgently whispered, “It all looks the same!” He directed me back on target with his gentle voice. The buck had presented a beautiful, broadside shot at 360 yards. Now focused on my breathing, and with a careful squeeze the shot broke. The Tipped TSX plowed through his left front shoulder. He went 15 yards and piled up in the crotch of a tree. It was time to breathe and celebrate.

Jessica Brooks-Stevens, Mexico Muley, Jan 2013

Jessica Brooks-Stevens’ 191″ typical Mule Deer

Back at camp, I took great care to explain in detail what a calming influence Bowdy was through the entire ordeal with his “mothering, angelic” voice. His dad and brothers (Gary, Gunner & Klay – guiding for others in camp) confirmed that other hunters had told them of Bowdy’s calmness while under extreme hunting pressure. As you might guess, Bowdy took everyone’s teasing in stride and with a smile as Kalan put a tape on my buck’s horns. He scored 191 inches. I was elated.

Brick Oven, Mexico, Jan 2013
Coues Deer Camp Brick Oven

Lee, Bowdy, Thad and I were off the next morning at 5:00. Martin and his friend, Jorge, would meet up with us later that day. Our destination was 40 miles north into the mountains to hunt Coues deer for Thad. Our hosts in this rustic, yet comfortable camp cooked authentic Mexican food over an open fire in a brick oven. With Martin as an interpreter, we learned they raised beef on this ranch. Shortly after our arrival, the four of us made our way on foot into the mountains with our resident guide. We spotted a few bucks, but nothing Thad wanted to shoot. We headed back to camp for lunch and to formulate a game plan for the afternoon hunt. The Carne Asada in homemade tortillas was delicious. We ate and relaxed until it was time to go out again.

That afternoon, we spotted a large feral donkey and Coatimundis playing on a ridge about 800 yards away. We laughed as we watched these odd little animals wrestle and play together. They look like a cross between a monkey and a raccoon. They were a family group of six or eight, and probably more we didn’t see. We spotted a few does just before dark, but no bucks. We decided to hunt a new area in the morning.

The second morning of Coues hunting, we drove down a large drainage and walked up on a ridge to glass the sidehill before the sun came up. Bowdy spotted what he thought was a very good Coues. This buck really excited our resident ranch guide as well. Thad decided this was the buck he wanted to take just as the sun broke the hill. We were staring directly into the burning globe, which made it extremely difficult for Thad to get on him with the optics. Let alone the fact that these little deer are just plain tough to spot anyway.

Thad Stevens, Mexico Coues, Jan 2013
Thad Stevens’ 103″ Coues

The buck was 500 yards away. Due to the sun, Thad’s eyes were in excruciating pain looking through the scope and staying on the buck at that distance. The buck fed along the hillside, popping in and out of the brush. The tension was building – again. Bowdy and I took turns shading the side of the scope with a hat so that Thad could see something besides glare. The buck continued feeding alone across the hillside.

Finally, Thad decided the moment had arrived. He couldn’t wait for the sun to rise higher as he knew the buck could feed his way into the thick brush and trees to bed down. He squeezed the trigger on the Gunwerks 7MM LRM loaded with 168 grain LRX’s. With Bowdy shading the scope, the shot broke and the buck dropped instantly. Once again, it was time to breathe and celebrate. The buck scored 103 inches. An excellent trophy.

On our arrival back at camp, Jorge cooked us a delicious lunch of Coues backstrap and ribs over the grill. We said our goodbye’s to the ranch owners and left that afternoon to go back to the El Volteadero.

Thad Stevens feral goat, Jan 2013
Thad Stevens’ feral goat

The next morning, guide Lee Evans and Thad hiked to the top of one of the desert mountains to hunt for wild goats. They started on the desert floor and hiked a good one-and-a-half hours before arriving at the top. They found a herd of about eight or so. Thad picked out the biggest billy of the bunch. He was up on his hind legs feeding on tree limbs while presenting an excellent 180 yard broadside shot – very doable with the Gunwerks 7MM LRM and Nightforce scope. Thad fired the first shot, and to his surprise, the big billy came down out of the tree, spun in place 180 degrees and stood there. Both Thad and Lee thought he missed, so he quickly chambered another round and fired again. The goat fell in his tracks. Upon examination of the wound, two holes were found an inch apart on one shoulder, with just one hole behind the opposite shoulder. The second bullet had entered the exit wound from the first shot! The billy was literally dead on his feet after the first shot.

Thad spent the remainder of his time spotting for other hunters, while I learned how to make tortillas with Abraham and the gang. The ladies in camp made 400 tortillas from scratch each day to feed our group! Every hunter in camp that week took amazing mule deer, with the largest buck taken by Joe Durham measuring an excellent 202 inches.

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Martin Flores and his staff at the El Volteadero for making us feel at home and providing such a wonderful place to hunt trophy animals. Also, to Wade and Kalan Lemon, and their excellent guides Lee Evans, Bowdy, Gunner, Klay and Gary Steele, Riley Worwood, Wyatt Bowles and Lance Scoggins of Wade Lemon Hunting. I don’t believe a finer group of mule deer guides have ever been assembled together in one camp. Thad and I were truly impressed with the level of professionalism, efficiency and skill to which the crew performed. Finally, my personal thanks to Jeff Sipe of Montana Rifle Company for building a “fisher price model” rifle that not only fits me perfectly, but functions and shoots like a dream. We’re looking forward to doing it again next year everyone.

Wade Lemon Hunting Sonora Montana Rifle


Photo Gallery

Jessica's Mexico Muley, Jan 2013 Thad's Mexico Coues, Jan 2013
Far left: Bowdy Steele, guide Far right: Lee Evans, guide
Joe Durham Mexico Mulie Jeff Boatman Mexico Mulie
Joe Durham Jeff Boatman
Ed Jimenez Mexico Mulie Trent Hartley Mexico Mulie
Ernie Jimenez Trent Hartley
Jason Wood's Mexico Muley Gunner Steele's hunter's Mexico Mulie
Jason Wood Gunner Steele’s hunter
Sonora Desert Sunset Sonora, Mexico

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

Kenneth M. writes:

I am reloading for the 300 AAC BLACKOUT and a Remington 700 Tactical rifle. I am confused about item numbers 30834 (30 SBR) and 30811 (300 AAC BLK/Whisper). Will both of these bullets work in the 300 AAC Blackout?

They are very different. The 30811 has a minimum impact requirement of only 1350 fps to expand, making it a great choice for the 300 AAC Blackout. The nose profile was also specially designed for reliable feeding and to consume the available space in the mag. We find this design to be very accurate.

The 30834 requires an impact velocity of 1500 fps to expand, which makes it a good choice for a short barreled (SBR) 308 Win. You are welcome to use it in the AAC Blackout cartridge with the data we have listed on the website, but keep in mind your limitations for impact velocity. I’d also suggest starting low and working the charge up as is customary in the reloading process. This bullet has slightly more bearing surface and could create slightly higher pressures than the 30811.

Dan B. writes:

Where can I find the spitfire T-EZ NON sabot bullets? I hunt Colorado and I can’t use sabots.

We build a special bullet for a company called Thor Bullets. They have a special patent on a skirted full diameter muzzleloader bullet that is suitable for use in Colorado. We build their product with the all copper six petal design that is very similar to other Barnes muzzleloader bullets. So you can rest assured that they will expand and perform extremely well for you.

Terry Oertwig at Thor will send you a sample pack of various bullet diameters in order for you to select the correct choice for your particular rifle. You can also call him at 660-244-5251.

Happy Hunting! Ty

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Success Story

Rich Kneifl


I wanted to send you guys a big thank you for making a superior bullet that has performed perfectly for me in my many years of whitetail hunting in Iowa. I shoot a Smith and Wesson Model 500 Performance Center pistol to hunt our wonderful trophy deer population. This year was extra special for me. I will be going into the Iowa record books with my 172″ nine-point buck and couldn’t be more thrilled. This has definitely been the pinnacle of my hunting career. I made the one shot kill at 90 yards, and owe it all to your Barnes 50 Cal. 275 gr. XPB bullet.

Thanks for the effort you put into each and every bullet you create.

-Rich Kneifl

Recipe Of The Month

Abraham’s Peruano Beans

Jess & Abraham Bringas
Jessica & Abraham

While hunting mule deer at the El Volteadero Ranch in Sonora, Mexico, I became good friends with the cook, Abraham Bringas. He shared several recipes with me, including his family’s delicious Peruano Beans. I wasn’t familiar with these beans, but have found them readily available in not only Mexican specialty stores, but local grocery stores as well. Enjoy these beans in burritos, with tortilla chips or plain as a side dish.
-Jessica Brooks-Stevens


  • 2 lbs. Peruano Beans
  • 3 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Lard
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
Peruano Beans

Preparation Instructions:
1. In a large pot, cover the Peruano Beans completely with water and soak overnight.
2. Drain, and add new water to cover the beans by twice as much.
3. Add 3 tsp. of salt and boil for 2 hours until the beans are soft.
4. Reserve 2 cups of the cooking liquid. Drain the beans and mash.
5. Put mashed beans in a blender and blend until smooth, adding water to thin as needed.
6. Melt the lard in a large pan. Add the blended beans and bring to a boil.
7. Stir in grated Monterey Jack cheese and serve.

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July Club-X Prize

Club-X prize for the month of July:
Remington Fast Snap™ Shotgun Cleaning System, Remington 870 Folding Knife and a Barnes 2013 Commemorative Coin

Congratulations to June Club-X Prize Winner – Neil Shattles

Neil was the lucky winner of a Barnes Commemorative Coin, A Barnes Metal Water Bottle and a box of Barnes VOR-TX in 30-30 Win.

Neil’s Bio:
When my two boys were small, my wife was fearful of having firearms around the house. Unlike I am now, I was not a particularly avid shooter then–some 30 years ago–and I did not protest too much when she insisted I get rid of my few pistols, my 30-30 Marlin, and my Sears 12ga shotgun.

Ironically, before moving to our current location we heard of a shooting incident in the neighborhood. I think that planted the seed, and about six years ago I was surprised when it was she who came to me and said, “I believe we need some personal protection and some instruction on how to properly use it.”

We went to a gun show, bought her a Bersa Thunder .380, and I followed shortly thereafter with my own purchase, a S&W 9mm. And the door was thrown wide open.

I am now an avid target shooter, handloader, and we each are schooled and adept at using a handgun for personal protection. A buddy recently gave me a box of Barnes premium bullets for reloading his and my .30-30s (mine is now a classic Winchester 94), and as soon as I finish my new reloading bench, my 14 boxes of .30-30 empties are my first project.

Thanks to expert instruction from my brother, the Marine, in personal defense and to lots of help handloading from my friend and world class rifle builder, Doyle Anglin at Dixie Guns, I am enjoying the great firearms sport immensely.

Neil Shattles


Attention Club-X Members: We are now hosting our monthly social network question of the month on our Racksbooks page. Pop over to, sign-up and try your hand at answering our monthly brain-teasers first to win a box of Barnes ammunition or components.

This month’s Racksbooks question:
Guess The Score: Tracking Point CEO, Jason Schauble (not shown in the photo below) harvested the elk below on the Royal Point Ranch in Utah with a Barnes 30 caliber LRX bullet. Be the closest guess to the actual SCI (B&C gross) score and you’ll be the happy recipient of a box of Barnes ammunition or components of your choice.

This question will be posted on the Barnes Racksbooks site on Monday July 15th on or after 8:00 am MDT. The first person to answer correctly after the post wins. Answers submitted before this question is posted will not be accepted. Good Luck!


Parting Shot

Alaura Picture - Deer Hunting
Lawrence Olsen sent this picture in that his 7-year old granddaughter, Alaura, drew for her 1st grade end of the year report. The report was to be titled “What I would Do If I Were President.” Lawrence wrote “Of course she would be using Barnes bullets.”