June 2006 Barnes Bullet-n
When Coni and I bought this company along with some worn-out bullet-making machinery in 1974, we didn’t know what we’d let ourselves in for. I’d learned the basics of handloading from my father and uncle when I was ten years old. Later, while milking cows in Colorado and making saddles in New Mexico, I did some custom loading on the side for a few customers and friends. I was also an avid shooter and hunter. That was all the preparation I had for building, then running what eventually grew into a major bullet-making business with many hard-working employees.
The business was launched from the basement of our small home. We literally started on a shoestring, learning and making mistakes as we went. It was a two-person business. I became a toolmaker and production manager (I was the entire production staff). Coni was the CFO, sales manager, and the customer service department. We shared janitorial duties and everything else that needed doing, while relying on the common sense we’d learned working in a farm atmosphere.
We worked long, hard hours, putting out business fires every day. Rewards were slow to come. That first year I made more money as a team roper than the business grossed in sales-and I wasn’t that great a roper!
Neither of us had a college education-let alone an MBA-but we didn’t let that stop us. In addition to tireless effort and sheer determination, our biggest asset was that we didn’t understand we couldn’t make this happen!
We eventually reached the point that, no matter how many hours we put in, we couldn’t do everything ourselves. At that point, we began hiring employees with expertise Coni and I didn’t have. We’ve added some great people over the years, giving me time to create new bullet designs-beginning with the all-copper X-Bullet that became our first huge success.
We were still a tiny, new company when a few writers began using and writing about Barnes Bullets. We’re very grateful to this group of writers, which included Clair Rees and the late Jerry Horgesheimer, John Jobson and Charlie Askins. The early publicity they gave us was priceless.
The most important factor in Barnes’ success has always been our customers-the people who tried Barnes Bullets, then became enthusiastic supporters. Without loyal customers we wouldn’t be in business-and business has never been better.
Coni and I have just returned from the annual NRA convention, which was held this year in Milwaukee. I’m tickled to report the Barnes Triple-Shock X-Bullet was honored as the 2006 Ammunition Product of the Year by NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine, which presented Barnes the Golden Bullseye Award.
The Golden Bullseye Awards are an acknowledgement of the finest products available in the shooting sports. They’re voted on by an eight-member committee consisting of editors, art staff and veteran publications staff, representing more than a century of collective experience in the firearms industry. To qualify for consideration for a Golden Bullseye Award, a product must have been:
- Recently introduced and widely available to consumers in 2005
- Used/tested by a staff member or regular contributor to the magazine
- Reliable in the field, meeting or exceeding the evaluator’s expectations
- Innovative in design and function
- Readily perceived as a value to the purchaser
- Styled in a manner befitting the firearm industry and, perhaps more importantly its enthusiasts
We at Barnes, along with our employees, feel very honored to receive this very special award. We intend to continue producing innovative, state-of-the-art products for shooters and hunters.
2006 Golden Bullseye Award
It’s humbling to look back at 1974 and see all the obstacles we’ve overcome-and the success the company has enjoyed. It’s a good thing Coni and I never realized that we couldn’t do it!
Thanks again to our dedicated employees, and to all those customers who faithfully depend on Barnes Bullets. You don’t know how much we truly value your support. We’ll do our best to continue earning it in the years ahead.
All the best,
We’ve just returned from the NRA convention in Milwaukee and, wow, what a show!
Attendance was unbelievable. It was really great to meet so many Barnes users and potential Barnes users face to face.
Thankfully, the NRA is there to help fight our gun battles in this great land. It’s just too bad that we have to fight these kinds of battles, wasting precious dollars that could definitely be used for other things. I can never understand why the anti-gun people somehow think that taking our guns away is going to protect us.
Time and time again, history has proven that disarming citizens only makes them more vulnerable to violence resulting in death or injury when they don’t have a way to protect themselves.
I will never forget a quote I read awhile back. I’d like to share it with you. It reads:
“This year will go down in history. For the first time a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more effective and the world will follow our lead into the future.”-Adolf Hitler, 1935
Scary thought-but this is what those misguided people believe. Hitler’s is not the only regime that has demanded all guns be registered (often leading to confiscation). It’s frightening to think that we could be in this predicament were it not for NRA and other organizations that care about protecting our right to keep and bear arms.
Our freedoms are always at risk. Whenever we let our guard down, it makes us vulnerable. We must never think that everything is fine and rosy in our cities and neighborhoods. It’s interesting to note that cities with the most restrictive gun laws usually have the highest violent crime rates.
A little donation to the organizations that are trying hard to protect us won’t hurt your pocketbook. It will reap big benefits, both for you and the future generations that are yet to grow up in this world. Don’t leave it to others to contribute to this vital cause.
Take part and give what you can. Every dollar helps-and you’ll feel good knowing that you have helped support your Second Amendment rights. If you aren’t already a member, I urge you to join the NRA. It’s a great organization.
Thanks so much for reading the Barnes Bullet’n. I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Energy. This term has been thrown around for many years. What does energy mean to you? In the hunting and shooting circle, it’s used to describe your bullet/cartridge’s ability to take game. I suggest this term is outdated and no longer useful as a measure of bullet performance in today’s high-tech world. Let me explain.
I regularly hear about how much energy a given rifle produces and its so-called ability to drop game based on these numbers. Let’s put things into perspective. The energy calculation for bullet energy is as follows:
Applying the formula to a 180-grain .300 Weatherby bullet traveling at 3200 fps, we get 4092 ft.-lbs. of energy produced. Is this energy alone sufficient to slay a deer or elk?
Consider the following analogies: Two 260-pound football players run toward each other at 15 mph. When they collide, they exert just over 4200 ft-lbs of total force. Do the players keel over and die on impact? Of course not.
Now let’s say these same guys have spears and run into each other. They would surely poke holes right through each other, and they’d cease to function within minutes (provided the spears struck the right spot). That illustrates another issue: All the energy in the world won’t do the job without good shot placement.
Let’s take this a step further. Energy must be combined with a projectile that will handle the task at hand. You wouldn’t choose a full metal jacketed bullet to hunt deer with. You probably wouldn’t use a bullet that will completely fragment, either. In either case, your trophy may simply be wounded and run off, leaving you wondering where he went.
Energy is only a minor part of the killing equation. It’s even more important to create a long wound channel with both entrance and exit wounds, and damage or destroy as many vital organs as possible, along with bone and other tissue.
We’ve spent many hours perfecting the X, XLC, and TSX bullets to give you the best possible results from every ounce of energy your rifle generates. So next time you’re looking at energy figures, I want you to also think about bullet performance. Give serious consideration to the type of bullet needed to accomplish your goal!
We Aim to please, reloading is a great hobby, enjoy it.
This Quebec Labrador caribou fell to two TSX bullets from a .300 Win. Mag. Tikka rifle. The range was approximately. 200 yards. The caribou went down after two precisely placed shots behind the shoulder. One would would have done the job, but my motto on big game is, “if he’s still standing . . . shoot again!” Both bullets exited the animal. I was hunting with Arctic Adventures Outfitters out of Kuujjuaq Quebec, Canada. A float plane flight of just over an hour took us to our drop camp on Lake Ikirtuuq.
Thanks–Michael Halleron, Director of Domestic Sales, ATK
The distinctive black and white markings on the Gemsbok’s face is said to have contributed to their name, given to them by the Boers, which means chamois.
Males and females are difficult to tell apart. Female horns tend to be more slender and slightly longer than those of males and are sometimes curved and more parallel.
The horns of calves grow extremely fast. When the calves emerge from concealment after birth, their horns are very evident. This has lead to the myth that a Gemsbok is born with horns.
Gemsboks are very well adapted for desert and semi-desert life with the ability to go for extended periods without water.
As calves in the herd grow, they test each other in what looks like games, but in reality are tests of strength.
Gemsbok form mixed herds typically consisting of 10-30 animals. Both sexes are ranked on the basis of age and dominant characteristics, and are led by a territorial male.
Only territorial males breed.
Gemsboks have excellent eyesight, hearing and smell.
Gemsboks are swift runners and are able to outpace a horse or packs of hunting dogs.
David Johnston took this gemsbok with a
.338 Win Mag and a 225 grain TSX bullet.
Easy Venison Sausage
5 lbs. lean venison
1 tbsp. rubbed sage
1 med. square of cured bacon
1 tbsp. salt
1 tbsp. liquid smoke
Grind and thoroughly mix all ingredients, form into patties and pan fry. Keeps 2-3 months in the freezer.
Question: Dear Sirs: My name is Johan Larsson. I live in Sweden.
Since our country has decided to ban lead bullets, I would like some information about the MRX bullet with a tungsten core. Will you any time soon be manufacturing these bullets in caliber .264? If you do, would it be possible to have bullets that weigh at least 158 grains?
Does the bullet work and expand properly in soft game like roe deer and fallow deer? I ask this question because the standard X-bullet does not expand properly in small game.
How does the length of the MRX bullet compared to lead bullets? Does the bullet work with short-barreled guns, and not tilt? How stable is the bullet? Since it has almost all of the weight in the back, it could theoretically be a bit unstable.
Is the pressure in the gun on the same level you get shooting ordinary jacketed lead bullets?
I am currently debating this issue with the government, and this bullet seems to be the only good lead alternative there is. These questions will help me get a view of the alternatives. Hope to hear from you soon.-Best regards, Johan Larsson
Answer: Hi Johan,
While we don’t have immediate plans to offer a .264 MRX, we expect to make this caliber available later as we add to the MRX line. I have included a test below which shows that the MRX bullet produces immediate expansion when fired into just 1 inch of ballistic gelatin at a velocity of 2000 fps simulating a long range shot.
Snapshot: 0.050″ aluminum plate shows bullet expansion after penetrating
1″ thickness of ballistic gelatin.
|.308″ Bullet||Entrance Hole Diameter|
|Barnes 180gr. MRX||0.610″|
|Barnes 168gr. TSX||0.508″|
|Nosler 180gr. AccuBond||0.429″ *|
|Nosler 165gr. Partition||0.348″|
|Swift 165gr. Scirocco||0.320″|
|Sierra 168gr. MatchKing||0.313″|
|Hornady 165gr. InterBond||0.312″|
Also you can see in the test that our Triple-Shock X-Bullets (TSX) provide similarly rapid expansion. The MRX and Triple Shock bullets expand more quickly and fully than conventional lead core bullets do. Both the MRX and TSX perform very well in smaller animals like roebuck and fallow deer. Triple-Shock 6.5mm bullets are currently available in both 120- and 130-grain weights. Because of their unique construction, they typically outperform heavier bullets of the same caliber.
MRX production is currently limited to 180-grain .308-caliber bullets, with other weights and calibers to follow. Bullet length is very similar to that of the TSX. The 180-grain .308 TSX is only .003-inch longer than the .308-caliber 180-grain MRX bullet.
I’m not sure what weights will be offered in the .264 MRX, but I’d expect them to be similar to those currently available in 6.5mm Triple-Shock bullets. Many American 6.5 mm rifles have 1 in 10 twist rifling, which requires short bullets for best performance.
Rifle bullets actually stabilize better when much of the weight is near the back of the bullet. I expect the MRX to be no exception to this rule. Theoretically, these bullets should stabilize better than TSX bullets in comparable weights and calibers. However, Triple-Shock bullets have proven exceptionally stable and deliver outstanding accuracy. When it comes to proven performance, the Triple Shock is awfully hard to beat!
We’re still gathering pressure data on the MRX. The limited data we’ve accumulated to date suggest MRX bullets develop pressures very similar to those experienced with jacketed lead-core or TSX bullets.
I hope this answers your questions.
Question: I need your suggestions for getting the best accuracy from a 7mm Rem Mag. rifle using 150-grain TSX bullets in a 1:10-twist barrel. I prefer the 150-grain TSX over the 140-grain version for downrange energy, but so far accuracy has been best with the 140-grain TSX.
I’m told 1:9 is the best rifling twist for 150- to 160-grain bullets, and that 1:10 is better with 140-grain bullets. I need your thoughts on bullet weight and rifling rate of twist.
I have a new 24-inch stainless-steel Premium Hart barrel with a 1:10 twist. I’m currently loading 68 grains of RL-22 powder, a 215M Federal primer, WW brass, and a 150-grain TSX bullet. Overall length is 3.288 inches with both 140- and 150-grain TSX bullets. I have tried seating depths between .060-inch off lands to .005-inch, with .005, .010 and .015 inch off the lands producing the best, most-consistent 3-Shot groups (between 1.00 to 1.125-inch at 100 yards with velocities between 3,150 and 3,180 fps. The temperature was 95 degrees F.
I have varied the powder charge between 67 and 69 grains without much difference in accuracy. I’m getting better accuracy with 140-grain TSX bullets leaving the muzzle at over 3,250 fps, and am still tweaking. With overall length at 3.288 inches, the 150-grain TSX is projecting below the datum line and into the powder space. The length of my magazine is 3.410 inches. I was advised that lengthening the throat so the bullet can be seated farther out won’t change the fact that a 1:10 twist is better with 140-grain bullets. – Mike Patrick
Answer: Hi Mike,
The 1 in 10 twist is a great choice for all our 7mm TSXs with the exception of the 175gr TSX that requires a 1 in 9 twist to stabilize properly. Most barrels will shoot one bullet better than another, and I think this is one of those cases. I don’t think it has anything to do with the rifling twist rate.
You could continue trying different powders like H1000. I’ve had good luck with it in the past. I also suggest seating bullets to the same depth as you are with the 7mm 140-grain TSX, since the TSX nose profiles are the same.
Mike’s Comment: Ty, I wanted to thank you for your suggestion to use H1000 powder with the 150-grain 7mm TSX. With the bullet seated .005-inch off the lands, using 73.0 grains of H-1000 produced an average starting velocity of 3,150 fps. Three 3-shot groups fired from 100 yards averaged .600 inch in diameter. RL-22 produced 1.2-inch groups.
Congratulations Tom Smothers!
Tom Smothers from South Carolina is the winner for the month of May.
He won the SureFire E2L High Intensity Flashlight .
Some of my hobbies are reloading and hunting. I reload for several different calibers. I am an avid hunter of whitetails and if it doesn’t happen to be hunting season I am usually thinking of ways to attract the deer to my stands for the next season.
This picture is of my two grandsons and myself. I have a total of five grandchildren, unfortunately none of them are old enough to hunt with me yet.
MTM Shoulder Gard Rifle Rest
The Shoulder-Gard Rifle Rest is MTM’s first recoil-reduction rest. With the growing popularity of magnum rifles, heavy recoil can be a real pain. To address this issue, MTM has created a 4-point, flexible-base shooting rest designed to ease the shoulder punishment produced by sighting-in hard-kicking rifles. By utilizing the integrated recoil-reduction sling, shooters can relax and shoot more comfortably, knowing they’ll feel less recoil. The Shoulder Gard rest can be used to steady any rifle, but the recoil reduction sling isn’t necessary when firing lighter-caliber, less-punishing firearms.
The front support pad is designed to fit everything from standard hunting rifles up to specialized custom benchrest rifles. The pads don’t require removing the swivel screws before using the rest, as some competing rests do.
The pads don’t require you to remove the swivel screws to use the rest, as you must do with other brands.
- Integrated Recoil-Reduction Sling – for energy absorption
- Central Storage Compartment – will also accommodate up to 50 lbs. of stabilizing weight
- Non-Marring, Rubber Shooting Pads – supports nearly any shape stock or barrel
- Precision Dialed Forearm Support – offers 3 inches of vertical travel for pin-point accuracy
- Storage Compartment Cover – allows Shoulder-Gard to also function as a handgun rest
- Gripping Rubber Feet – for no-slide, 4-point footing
Durable – Light weight – Designed to last
Retail Value: $44.98