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VOR-TX 41 Rem Mag & 470 Nitro Shipping to Retailers This Month

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41 Rem Mag 180 gr   470 Nitro 500 gr TSX & Banded Solid

Coni’s Corner

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

Randy and I are hosting a meet and greet at our home this month for Utah State Senate political candidate Ralph Okerlund. Ralph has an A- rating with the NRA and supports wildlife management initiatives. In the April issue of the Barnes Bullet-N, I discussed the victory for mule deer in Utah – the signing of USB 245 (Mule Deer Recovery Act) and USB 87 (Predator Control Funding). Sen. Okerlund was a co-sponsor of those bills. It was interesting to me to learn that in the final hours just before these extremely important bills would become law Patrick Painter, Okerlund’s opponent for the Republican seat, attempted to stop their passage strictly for political gain. What was Rep. Painter’s specific motivation for making a move like this behind the scenes? To prevent his opponent for the Utah Senate seat from getting credit for the win. Painter hoped that by going about it in this way his constituents would not find out about it. You see, Rep. Painter voted for these bills initially and his voting record reflects as such. This constituency demands that its representatives vote for firearms and conservation legislation. It is our hope that voters know the truth, and that more of these kinds of activities become public knowledge to discourage incumbents and candidates from playing these kinds of backroom political games.

The votes of shooters, hunters and gun owners could again make a huge impact at the polls in 2012. Educate yourself about where your candidates stand on the issues and determine who best will stand up for your rights. If you are not registered to vote, click on the link below and get registered NOW. Gun owners in this country are over 110 million strong today. We have a voice. Make yours heard.


I also want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of you who are so good to send us photos of your fine shooting and great hunts.

However, we need more – lots more!!!

We love to get photos of not just the men folk, but youth and ladies as well.

Also, if you have photos of targets – showing how great Barnes bullets shoot – send those in as well.

A few guidelines are listed below to help us present the best possible quality and representation of your experience.

#1. Photos should be at least 400 to 500 KB’s in size.
#2. Pictures of the animal and the hunter in the field are preferred.
#3. Please include plenty of information about the hunt for captions (e.g. where, when, and how cold/soaked you got!)
#4. Be sure to include the cartridge, weight and style of bullet, where you were hunting and a brief explanation about how the bullet performed.
#5. Animal must have been taken with a Barnes bullet.
#6. Prefer to receive photos via email. Send them to –

Now for an incentive – to send photos in soon…

Send your photos in with a testimonial following the guidelines above between on or before June 30th, 2012.
All photos will be entered into a random drawing. Five winners will be drawn to win 2 free boxes of VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes components of their choice (excludes VOR-TX Safari).
Winning photos will be displayed in the August issue of the Club-X Bullet-N.
We are always excited to receive photos and hear of your successes so please don’t hesitate to send them in for a chance to win FREE AMMO OR BULLETS!!!
We look forward to hearing from you and have a great and wonderful summer with friends and family.

Coni Brooks

June Special

Check out this BURNING HOT summer special on Barnes Match Burners:
20% off for the month of June only. Free shipping on orders over $100.

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Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

Recently we have been presented with some questions and comments from our great customers, and I’d like to highlight one of them in this month’s newsletter.

A gentleman writes the following:

I’ve got a .308 Win and I would like to do more varmint hunting but realize it does too much damage to hides with a 165 grain lead-core bullet. I started using your VOR-TX ammunition for deer last hunting season and was very impressed with the accuracy. I bought two more boxes because I never want to be without them from now on. I used to use Federal Fusion and didn’t have to change my scope at all when I switched to VOR-TX. With your rounds, I shot a group and it was so good I just went hunting. The bullet performance was awesome as well. I shot a doe quartering towards me at about 100 yards. I wasn’t really looking to recover the bullet but found it near the rear of the animal just under the hide. It looked like a bullet straight out of an advertisement with four perfect petals and probably just about all the bullet weight still there. I would send a photo but I lost the damn bullet later during hunting season!

Anyway back to the initial question. I`m just wondering what is my best option for shooting varmints with my .308? Should I sabot it with a .243 Varmin-A-tor or do you have a more frangible bullet for my .308? As much as I like buying new guns, I would like for my .308 to do my whitetail hunting as well as my varmint hunting.


We are very pleased to hear your excellent results with our VOR-TX line of ammunition and we thank you for the great feedback.

From your comment concerning hide damage, I’m going to suggest the Barnes TSX and TTSX – the same bullets found in the VOR-TX ammo. We’ve had good reports from a great deal of fur hunters that the TSX and TTSX are efficient at taking small game cleanly with their quick expansion – leaving very “stitchable” exits. Low velocity cartridges such as the 308 Win seem to perform better than high velocity cartridges for minimal pelt damage. On some of the very small fur bearers such as grey fox and bobcat, the higher velocity cartridges can cause the animal to “come apart at the seams.” So, a lower velocity impact is the key to success here.

You’re in luck – there’s no need for you to change ammo or adjust the scope due to different ammo. The VOR-TX is a very universal product in this regard.

The .243 cal Varmin-A-tor bullets are better suited to the squirrels and prairie dogs. For furbearers, if you’re not wanting damaged pelts I recommend the TSX or TTSX as the Varmin-A-Tors and Varmint Grenades do sometimes leave large exit holes. Great question, your comments are appreciated!

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.


Success Story

Betsy Spomer

Betsy with her Cape Buffalo taken with a 375 H&H 300 gr. VOR-TX Safari Ammunition

Betsy Spomer fresh out of high school at just 17 entered undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt. Four years later, with a nursing degree burning a hole in her pocket, she did volunteer nursing in Appalachia before returning to Vanderbilt to complete one of the first nurse practitioner degrees in the nation. With it she migrated to Idaho where she helped start the Terry Riley Health clinic for low-income farm workers. When a local hospital initiated Boise’s first Life Flight helicopter service, Betsy climbed aboard as one of the pioneering crew nurses. During her spare time she parachuted out of airplanes, kayaked whitewater rivers, skied, ran half-marathons, trout fished, backpacked and raised a couple of babies. Nurse Betsy has restarted hearts, scraped human limbs off highways, pulled horse-kicked hunters off mountains and plucked windshield glass from noses.

Red Hartebeest – .308 150gr. TTSX

Betsy is now married to outdoor writer Ron Spomer. Betsy wasn’t a hunter when she met Ron but wasn’t opposed to it. She shot tiny groups with Ron’s Kimber .22 and killed a lot of cans. She went along on safari in 1995 and enjoyed the hiking and hunting but walked away when they did the field dressing.

Their next safari was in Namibia. Betsy watched Ron take a mountain zebra, a spectacular kudu, 39-inch gemsbuck and 17-inch springbuck before announcing she wanted to stalk and shoot something. I handed her my custom rifle in .300 Weatherby Magnum. “Will it kick?” she asked.“Naw, you won’t feel a thing.” The rifle weighed a bit over seven pounds.
Her and her professional hunter got on a herd of springbuck. He told her to rest her rifle in the forks of his tripod, place the crosshair on the buck’s ribs where the belly met the tan shoulder and squeeze the trigger. The springbuck collapsed. Betsy beamed. She didn’t remember the rifle kicking at all. Now she wanted to shoot a cape buffalo but was told there weren’t any in the area they were hunting so that would have to be an animal for another trip which she was already telling Ron she wanted to do.

August of 2011 Betsy and Ron did Mozambique. Betsy had a Blaser R8 in .375 H&H fitted to her frame and topped with a Zeiss Victory Varipoint 2.5-10X50mm iC scope. It shot Barnes’ 300-grain Triple Shock slugs into 1-inch circles from the bench. More importantly, those bullets carried some 4,800 foot pounds of energy. Their monolithic construction guaranteed they’d smash massive muscles and bones and penetrate through the vitals, if not completely through the buffalo. A magnet in the Blaser’s cocking lever activated an illuminated, red center dot on the scope reticle, a highly visible aiming point against black targets. That increased Betsy’s confidence markedly. The unloaded rifle stood in the living room where Betsy could lift, aim, fire, cycle and fire again, several times each day, building muscles and muscle memory. She trained at the FTW Ranch SAAM Safari Shooting School and worked in the desert near home targeting 9-inch balloons. She’d take her first shot standing with the rifle supported in African Sporting Wood’s tripod legs, then step away from them for two quick offhand shots. The balloons popped. She was prepared. Still concerned and slightly nervous, but prepared.

Zebra – .308 150gr. TTSX

“Ready to get wet?” Michael the professional hunter asked? Betsy hung on to Michaels back pack straps wading through ankle deep muck and thick mud which eventually turned to knee-deep water which quickly deepened and deepened again to get as high as her chest. She wondered if she was about to disturb a sleeping hippo or crocodile. Eventually the swamp rose to the level of soupy muck again, then thick mud, wet grass and finally solid ground where Johnny the tracker who had forged ahead was waiting. He had found the herd of buffalo and slowly and methodically turned and cocked his head in their direction. Everyone hunched and stalked forward into the wind. The sheltering sawgrass thinned. The hunters bent double, stopped and sat on their heels. Johnny pointed west and Mike slowly rose to look. Then he pantomimed loading a cartridge. Betsy did. Her guide spread the tripod he carried and wiggled his fingers to signal “up.” Betsy rose and poked her Blazer into the crotch of the tripod. Mike spread its legs farther to lower it. The buffalo stood in a swishing herd beyond the last of the saw grass, tossing horns and tails, battling flies. Egrets paraded through a forest of black legs. Some stood on broad, black, bovine backs. Mike pointed to a bull standing apart from the herd. “Last one on the right,” he whispered. “Put it right behind the shoulder.” There was no hesitation from the nurse. She shoved the cocking lever forward, pushed her face against the familiar walnut cheek piece, held the glowing red dot over the bull’s chest and calmly but decisively pulled the trigger. The rifle merely popped in the wind, the explosion dissipating in the big African sky where vultures were already patrolling. The sound of the striking Barnes’ bullet recoiled back reassuringly. The bull bucked and charged forward with the herd, a black mass swarming, surging into the wind where it ran headlong into another bunch emerging, confused, from sawgrass beyond. The herds massed together and turned to face us as if uncertain we justified a general panic. Then, with the swish of a hundred heads and tails, it stampeded back across the meadow before thundering into the saw grass, leaving behind one bull lying on its side, shot perfectly through both lungs. “Give it one right on the brisket, between the legs,” Mike instructed after they’d walked within 30 yards of the massive beast. Betsy fired. The carcass shuddered. It was finished. “Perfect shot! Perfect,” Mike crowed. “Right behind the shoulders. You couldn’t have made it anymore perfect! Look at that.” He pointed to the entrance wound, a little pucker behind the massive shoulder. Betsy beamed, looking a bit dazed, not quite sure it was over so suddenly. We found the expanded bullet against the hide on the far side, classically mushroomed. Betsy now had her much talked about and much planned for Cape buffalo.

Betsy also took a Red Hartebeest, Zebra and Warthog on this trip. She now has hunting in her blood and is a hunting partner forever with her husband Ron.

Warthog taken with 375 H&H 300 gr. VOR-TX Ammunition

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.

Summertime is here, and everyone is grilling outdoors. Sure, you can pan-fry burgers in the kitchen but why? A tasty venison burger hot off the grill is enough to make the mouth water. Try this excellent recipe from Kate Fiduccia’s Cooking Wild in Kate’s Kitchen cookbook. I purchased a hinged grill basket from a local Ace Hardware. You can’t beat it for grilling large, stuffed burgers. Kate states in her book “These racks allow you to flip the burgers without breaking them or losing them between the grill slats.” It’s a great tool for the backyard grill chest. -Jessica Brooks-Stevens

Savory Doe Burgers

Serves: 4, Prep: 5 min, Cook: 15-20 minutes

2 lbs. ground venison

4 slices bacon, cooked & finely crumbled

1/2 t. salt

1/4 t. pepper

4 oz. Roquefort or Blue cheese, room temperature

Heavy cream (as needed, 1 to 2 T)

2 t. canola oil (approximately)


Prepare grill for medium-high heat; light coals or preheat gas grill. In medium bowl, combine venison, bacon, salt and pepper. Mix gently but thoroughly, and shape into 4 patties.

In another bowl, beat cheese until it reaches a smooth consistency, adding a little cream if need be. Split each patty almost in half, as though butterflying. Place 1/4 of the cheese in the middle of each patty and fold back together. Seal edges well with wet fingers.

Lightly brush each patty with canola oil; this will prevent them from sticking. Place in hinged grill basket and grill to desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes per side.

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Monthly Club-X Prize

Congratulations May Club-X Prize Winner Ken Harris!

Otis Technology Hardcore Hunter Cleaning Kit

Otis Technology introduces the new HardCore Hunter® Cleaning System (FG-752). Designed for the shooter who has a variety of firearms, this system is equipped to clean all rifles, pistols, shotguns, and in-line muzzleloaders. It has the essential tools to clean rifles .17 to .50 caliber, handguns .17 to .50 caliber, shotguns .410 to 12/10 gauge, and all in-line muzzleloaders. The HardCore Hunter® system has all the advantages of Otis’ Tactical kit, but is now designed for the hunter! Available in a Mossy Oak® or Realtree® camouflage softpack case, this cleaning system has a silent zipper that is water resistant, a micro fiber lens cloth for optics, and an additional 20 gauge shotgun brush. Also included are three Memory-Flex® cleaning rods, three slotted brass tips, two obstruction removers to knock out obstructions such as mud, snow, or a stuck bullet or case, T-handle bar, .5 oz. tube of Otis O85® Ultra Bore® cleaner, lubricant and preservative, all-caliber cotton cleaning patches for .223 caliber and larger, small caliber patches for .17 to .223 caliber, shotgun brush adapter and rubber Patch Savers® to get 360 degree coverage in your shotgun barrels, six high quality bore brushes, and a bore reflector/flag safety. With the HardCore Hunter® Cleaning System, no two kits will ever look the same; every camouflage pattern is unique. Retail value: $69.99.

Caliber/Gauge: .17 – .50 Caliber Rifles; .17 – .50 Caliber Pistols; .410 – 12/10 Gauge Shotguns; In-Line Muzzleloaders

Thank you for the Otis Cleaning Kit. I am a 64 year old life long hunter from Western PA. I have used Barnes bullets in a 300 WIN. Short Magnum successfully on whitetail deer. I hunt every animal in Western PA and consider the whitetail deer to the most challenging.

-Ken Harris

Club-X prize winner Ken Harris enjoying some hunting and fishing

Club-X Prize for June

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.

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

JUNE QUESTION: What was the first animal taken with the Barnes Triple-Shock, and who was the hunter?

Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes Components. The posting may begin on or after Wednesday, June 6th 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 Wednesday, June 6th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

May Facebook Contest Winner:
Joseph Wilson guessed the correct answer to May’s question. Joseph received a box of 300 Win Mag 180 Grain Tipped TSX Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition.

May Question:
What is the oldest commercially produced cartridge that is still available for sale today?
The .22 BB Cap originated in 1845. RWS is the only manufacturer still loading this cartridge today.

Parting Shots



Swainsboro, Georgia
IBS 100-yard score match (in lieu of group)
6mm BR 68 Grain Barnes Match Burner
Custom Hall action, Shilen barrel
Open Class