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June 2013, Barnes Bullet-N


Coni’s Corner – Reunions, Caves & Leopard

Success Story – Diamond Mountain Mule Deer

Ty’s Tips – How To Find Ammo

You Could Win This Month’s Club-X Prize!

Answer The Question To Win A Box Of Barnes Components

Product Availability Alert

New runs of TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition in 9mm Luger, 40 S&W, and 45 Auto have just hit the shipping department floor and will be heading out to retailers next week.

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2013 Barnes Commemorative Coin & 50 BMG Water Bottle Are Now Available


Introduced at the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings, the Barnes coin is a one Troy ounce coin of .999 copper minted from recycled material collected during the bullet manufacturing process. With this coin Barnes declares its stance on recent infringements of our Second Amendment rights. Stand with us. The coin is available at the Barnes Store


Also released at the NRA Meetings was the Barnes steel water bottle. This bottle keeps you hydrated and shows that you are a Barnes fan all at the same time. The Barnes water bottle is also available on the Barnes Store.

Coni’s Corner

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

- Benjamin Franklin


The first day of Summer, June 21st 2013, is getting closer. It seems like the older I get the faster time goes and I have a hard time with that. I can’t change it so I just live with it as we all do.

We are having a reunion this year for my class who went to American Fork, High School… I won’t say how long it has been since I graduated… I don’t want to think about that but that doesn’t matter to me. What matters is my class was an awesome class and I totally love our reunions. A lot of us that went to school with each other still get together often to catch up and talk about old times and I love that!!!

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Timpanogos Cave

Our school mascot was a Caveman… I bet no other school in the United States has a Caveman for a mascot!! The name was actually a thought my uncle Carl had and submitted the Caveman name in a contest the school had to give the school a mascot name. That was a long time ago… He won the contest so Caveman it was. Here is how the name came about..

In American Fork we have a mountain called Timpanogos. Inside the mountain there is an amazing cave that people come from all over the world to see. It is called Timpanogos Cave. Hence, the Caveman name seemed applicable.
You can read about the cave by clicking here. It is truly beautiful in that cave!!!

With summer coming it also means my hunt to Tanzania in August is getting closer as well. I talked about the hunt in the February newsletter right after it was booked at the Safari Club Convention in January. Randy and I booked the hunt with some good friends of ours from Kilombero North Safari’s whom we have known for a very long time. They have wanted us to hunt with them for as long as I can remember. Since I need, or should I say want, a good leopard to replace the one I shot in 1992, we decided to take the plunge and go. I know it will be a wonderful and amazing hunt and adventure. We will be leaving in August. I am taking a 375 H&H and using a 270 gr. Barnes TSX bullet. I also plan to shoot Crocodile and Cape buffalo if time permits. Although, nothing else gets hunted though until the leopard is taken!!!

Barnes displayed at the N.R.A. Show in Houston last month and it was over the top as far as attendance goes. The count was 86,000 that attended. During Ted Nugent’s “Freedom Is Not Free – Repaying Our Debt to Heroes” speech, two 100% mortgage-free homes were awarded to combat wounded heroes. One of those homes was gifted personally by Randy and me to Sergio Gonzales, his wife Denise and their 2-year old son, Brody. You can read about the home giveaway by Clicking Here.

I sure hope you have a wonderful summer and I’m sure you are planning hunts for fall and winter already and I certainly hope you have a wonderful time doing that. It’s great to have something to look forward to….

Thanks for your continued interest and support for Barnes.

Locked & Loaded: Big Gear Giveaway

Enter a chance to win a case of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition and other great prizes.
Learn more by clicking on the image below.

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

Question #1:
I would like your recommendation on which of your ammo you would use in the following for hunting elk.
I have an 1893 Spanish Mauser small ring 7×57 with a 20 inch barrel and would like to hunt elk with this gun as it is from my grandpa and it is the only gun I have.
What would you recommend for factory ammo or even handloads as I have a friend who loads his own.
- PW, Montana

The older small ring Mausers weren’t as strong as current manufactured rifles. Therefore it’s imperative that you question the pressure of every type of ammunition or handload to determine if it’s safe in your rifle. The SAAMI specification for pressure is 51,000psi or 46,000cup, yet many reloading manuals exceed this pressure spec – including our own #3 Barnes reloading manual. However our current load data located in the #4 Barnes manual brings the pressures back to the SAAMI spec and is therefore recommended for your rifle if you choose to handload.

For Elk hunting at reasonable ranges (to about 300yds or so) I like the 140gr TTSX for its streamlined design that helps to maintain velocity and energy well. Not to mention the all copper design that should provide complete penetration.

As for loaded ammunition I suggest great caution and would strongly suggest you contact the manufacturer of the brand prior to firing. At this time I’m not aware of any ammo manufacturer producing this combination with Barnes Bullets. It would appear your only option to include a Barnes bullet would be handloads. I might suggest you call Larry at Superior Ammunition – 800-67SUPER or John at Safari Arms – 516-826-7516 as two good options. I’m sure your friend could also help in this regard?

Question #2:
First I’d like to say I’m a big fan of your solid copper ammunition, being a disabled veteran (spent 18 months and 44 operations recovering in a military hospital) shooting is one of the few sports I can still enjoy, and your all copper ammo has no competition, although many have tried like Hornady, but theirs is not on par with yours.

I’ve nearly exhausted my supply of 50gr Black hills 5.56 that I’ve been carefully rationing for the past year. Do you have any idea when we might see these for sale again at Black Hills or Midway? These ammo hoarders/preppers I’m sure are good for business, but it’s really aggravating not being able to locate these solid copper rounds, I check every day and this has been my agenda for over a year.

You know you read about all this Dept of Homeland security ammo conspiracy theories, and I just shake my head, it’s the preppers and hoarders that are the problem here.

Would you happen to have any tips or suggestions on where I can find these 50gr rounds or maybe a guesstimate of when I might see them on your merchant’s shelves again? I promise to keep this info on the down low. A couple months back I asked Black Hills if they had an rough ETA on availability, but my request sadly fell on deaf ears, so I figured I’d send you guys a quick note.

- Samuel G.

First I’d like to take a moment and thank you for your service! It is because of you and others like you that we enjoy the freedoms we cherish so dearly as Americans. Your sacrifice was obviously substantial and does not go unnoticed!

Your comments are spot on. We are getting a lot of calls in regard to the bullet and ammo shortage. I’m here to tell you, this is definitely a consumer driven shortage.

The best method I’ve found for acquiring anything in these crazy times is to visit the Midway USA or Natchez web site and find the product that interests you. Chances are that it is out of stock. No fear, click the “Notify Me” button at Midway or the “Request Availability Notice” at Natchez, fill in your email address and you’ll get an email from them as soon as it comes available. I’ve had the opportunity to buy all types of ammo using this method. But don’t delay, as these hot items go out of stock quickly.

You might also try calling Black Hills @ 605-348-5150 during regular business hours and you be connected to a live body immediately. I’m going to leave the availability question on this particular product up to them. Sorry this is a nice way of simply saying – I don’t know…

Happy Hunting! – Ty

Barnes Awards

American Rifleman’s Editor’s Choice
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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.

Barnes TAC-XPD Free Ammunition Giveaway


At the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings in Houston Texas Barnes was giving away a case of TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition to 15 Lucky winners. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to stop and visit with us and entered to win.
Congratulations to the Winners:
Stacy Huff Josildo Oliveira James Ligon
Glenn Porter Steven Strand Holly Davis
Tammy Helsper Travis Fairchils Jefferson Whitehead
Eric Lamberson John Griffin Edward Albrecht
Trey Silvers Tony Holubik Ken Jones

Each of these lucky few won a case of TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition

A Word From Our Friends At Big Game Forever


Please send a message today to Washington D.C. in support of national wolf delisting: Take Action
It only takes 30 seconds to send a message using our automated system.

Here is what is happening. This week is incredibly important for the future of rural communities across America. State across America need your help to protect moose, elk, deer, livestock and rural communities. In the last two weeks over 100,000 emails have been sent in attempt to stop state wolf management and force unmanaged wolves to more states in America. The failure of to keep the commitments to protect wildlife, hunting and livestock producers from unmanaged wolves is not being remedied. People and communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming still need our help to fulfill the longstanding commitments that have been ignored. We also need to stop efforts to spread this failed program to Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas just to name a few.

It only takes 30 seconds to send a message using Big Game Forever’s automated system. Send a message by clicking on the following link:

Last Friday, Big Game Forever asked for some frank feedback from people in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming on impact that unmanaged wolves have had in their state. The response was overwhelming.

Here is what we learned from hard working Americans who are living with the consequences of this program:

(1) 92% of respondents gave the Federal Wolf Program an “F” or a “D” grade on fulfilling its commitment that states would be allowed to protect wildlife herds. (77% gave an “F” grade, 15% gave a “D” grade).
(2) 86% of respondents gave the Federal wolf program and “F” or a “D” grade on fulfilling its commitments to control wolves attacking livestock. (58% gave an “F” grade, 28% gave a “D” grade.)
(3) 98% of respondents recommended that rural communities oppose wolf expansion to their communities.
(4) Over 600 personal testimonials of loss were provided by respondents of the poll.

We need your help in the fight to restore the future of wildlife and ranching in America. Please watch for information and action alerts during this week.

Please send a message at:

We can no longer afford to ignore the good people that have been hurt and the wildlife that has been lost as a result of these programs. Big Game Forever needs your help to show the solidarity of American Sportsmen, Livestock producers and hard working Americans in protecting our moose, elk, deer, livestock and rural communities.

-Ryan Benson, Founder

Success Story

Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders 7mm-140 gr#2

I wanted to tell you thank you for a great product! I was fortunate (after many years of applying) to get a Diamond Mountain Utah deer permit for 2012. After passing up approximately 80 bucks, I was able to take this buck from 437 yards with one shot with your 140 grain TSX bullets in my 7mm Rem. Mag. Many, many thousands of shots at prairie dogs makes for great practice and helped make the shot possible.

I also have had great success with your 180 grain TSX in my .300 Weatherby Ultra Lightweight. It easily shoots sub 1″ groups and has accounted for several elk.

I have been reloading for over 40 years. I have been extremely impressed with the quality and consistency of your bullets.

Thank you again,

Larry Sanders

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June Club-X Prize

Club-X prize for the month of June:
A Barnes 2013 Commemorative Coin, a Barnes 50 BMG water bottle and your choice of a box of Barnes Ammunition or Components


Congratulations to May Club-X Prize Winner – Roger Nelson


Roger won a Remington Squeeg-E gun cleaning kit.


Attention Club-X Members: Do to recent contest changes to Facebook 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 and win a box of Barnes components.

This month’s Racksbooks question:
In 2001, former owner and current CEO, Randy Brooks traveled to the Pamir Mountains to hunt Marco Polo sheep. Randy was successful and came home with the beautiful ram you see below. Question: What was the cartridge and bullet (including weight & type) Randy used on this hunt? e.g. 223 Remington, 62 gr. TSX

This question will be posted on the Barnes Racksbooks site on Monday June 17 on or after 8:00 am MDT. The first person to answer correctly wins. Answers submitted before this question is posted will not be accepted. Good Luck

Randy Marco Polo

Parting Shot

Barnes had a blast exhibiting at the 142nd NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, TX. The Barnes booth featured a laser/C02 powered shooting simulator that was a hit among parents and kids alike.