March 2011 Barnes Bullet-N
|Randy Brooks Message:|
With the New Year well underway, I am excited about the NEW PRODUCTS that Barnes is offering in 2011. The company and its employees have been hard at work designing, building, testing and fine-tuning things.
This year, Barnes is offering a more vast lineup of new products than ever before. Several new offerings of bullets coupled with new VOR-TX™ Ammunition offerings will add to the already immense line of products. One that I am particularly excited about is the LRX™ (Long-Range X Bullets®) bullets. Our engineers have done an excellent job on designing the new LRX bullets to meet the desires of avid long range hunters. The long range ballistic performance of these bullets have sky rocketed by increasing the ogive and boattail lengths. The B.C. (Ballistic Coefficient) value is also very high enabling these LRX bullets with the ability to better overcome air resistance in flight. It has been very exciting for me to watch the development and evolution of the LRX bullets.
One thing that shouldn’t go without mention is the level of accuracy to which Barnes’ B.C. values are measured. Barnes B.C. values are actual values. The values have been calculated in a controlled environment with an Oehler system that calculates the B.C. value while the bullet is in flight. This is the most accurate way of determining a bullet’s B.C. value other than Doppler radar. Some of our competitors higher proclaimed B.C. values are still calculated the “old fashioned” way where the bullets are measured and, somehow, magically calculated without ever being shot. This is very inaccurate, and in reality, not even considered a B.C. value as it is not in motion when figured.
Also, an important factor to consider when choosing a bullet for long range hunting is the distance at which the B.C. is measured. A B.C. value that was measured at 100 yards is an accurate figure to over two times the distance it was measured. For this reason, Barnes shoots and measures the B.C. values of all its bullets at 300 yards so the hunter can count on that B.C. value reading accurately over twice that distance. Click here to read more ABOUT B.C.
Barnes has always stayed a step ahead of the competition by implementing the most up-to-date technology for bullet development and testing. We are now in the process of implementing a new Doppler radar system to measure actual drag coefficients for each of our bullets. We plan to introduce data software in the future so customers can make use of the data we collect from Doppler. We have begun testing a number of our bullets, including the LRX bullets, with Doppler, but because it takes an extensive amount of time and effort, we don’t have an exact date of when this information will be available. When this project is complete, this data will better assist shooters to make an even more precise and accurate shot than just knowing the B.C. value.
For many years I have wanted to come out with a long range hunting bullet. Over the last couple of years the long range hunting craze has taken hold and more hunters are accepting the challenge head on. I say “challenge” because that’s exactly what it is. Taking the actual shot over a longer distance is not where the challenge comes in. The challenge is becoming educated about long range hunting, spending the money to get the proper equipment, and taking the time to practice, practice, practice! If all three of these aspects aren’t conquered, and you attempt a long range shot, you are supporting the claims of all the naysayers out there who argue that long range hunting in general is unethical. It is also important to remember that you cannot beat Mother Nature. This is where your common sense judgment comes in. If it’s too windy, raining cats and dogs, or not sure if you are shooting at an elk or a big tree branch, you hadn’t better pull the trigger. Click here to weigh in on the Barnes BLOG with your thoughts on long range hunting.
For all of you who are getting an itch to start shooting and hunting long range, I wish you the best of luck and hope you find success with the new LRX.
Utah has received a good amount of moisture this winter and in many places are up to 160% of normal. We are grateful for the moisture except when we have to shovel a lot of snow of walkways and driveways.
January through March are pretty eaten up with show agendas. Shows take a lot of work but I really enjoy seeing old customers, as many are like good friends that I don’t get to see very often. I also enjoy meeting new customers that have just started using Barnes products or customers just checking to see if they want to start using Barnes products. Click here to view the list of Shows we have remaining in 2011. If you are in the area, please be sure to stop by and say hello.
This year we are offering a lot of new products. Hopefully you received the Barnes Blast-N email that was sent out December 22nd talking about the new 2011 products in both VOR-TX ammunition and components. We are so excited to offer VOR-TX ammunition, and with this years’ additional new products we’ve got it covered for all types of shooting and hunting.
Entering into the Match Shooting arena with Barnes Match Burners is another thing that we are very excited about. We have talked about offering match bullets for longer than I wish to think about. They are here now and hopefully we can pick up some new users of Barnes products. In fact, the 22 Caliber 52 gr. FB Match is in stock now, and the 22 Caliber 69 gr. BT Match will be in stock very soon. Click here to order the 52 gr. FB Match direct or visit your nearest retailer. At Barnes, we never tire of offering new products and adding to our lines of current products to make sure we have everything covered for the shooter and hunter and will continue to do so well into the future…..
I have always said “Barnes – Innovators – Not Imitators.”
New catalogs are ready for mailing. If you haven’t received yours yet, just email us here at Barnes – email@example.com and we can promptly get one out to you.
It was a pleasure visiting with many of you at the SHOT & SCI Shows this year. Keep in touch and remember, we are always needing hunting pictures and hunting stories so please feel free to send them in. I hope your New Year is going well and keep on shooting! Remember to involve your children and grandchildren, spouse and boyfriend/girlfriend in this wonderful sport. It is a great way to bond and offers lots of good fun.
Barnes is the proud recipient of two very special awards. The Veteran Employer of the Year Award was presented by Representatives from the Department of Workforce Services, Mountainland Region. Of our current workforce, 11% are Veterans, and one employee is currently deployed. DWS recognizes the challenges businesses face to maintain a solid workforce while continuing to provide quality customer service when our service men and women are called up. Their organization appreciates the support provided by Utah businesses to veterans and their families.
The Patriot Award is an award given to managers, supervisors, or a company to show appreciation from their military-member employee. The criteria for this award is based on leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. The Patriot Award was given to Thad Stevens, Ballistics Lab Manager. The presenters were interested, but not completely surprised to learn directly following the presentation that Thad is a veteran of a foreign war himself.
Barnes appreciates and supports the men and women of the U.S. Military and their families.
This month we are going to discuss the use of chronographs. This is one of those tools that is not critical, but is very useful during load development. After using one, you may find it becomes as “critical” as a good rest when testing your handloads. Often times, the actual muzzle velocity (MV) you get from a specific handload or even factory ammunition is different than what is published in the book or printed on the box. This velocity can vary by as much as 150fps or more. There are many factors that account for this, from lot numbers of components used to the condition and length of your barrel. The important thing is that you know exactly how fast YOUR bullet is leaving YOUR barrel.
The chronograph I use is the new AmmoMaster from RCBS. It sells for around $125. To me that’s a bargain price for the wealth of information you get. I like this model because it is completely contained for easy transport and has a detachable display with a cord long enough to reach your shooting bench.
The following are just a few of the ways a good chronograph can help:
Load development: When deciding between two powders, often times one will give better velocity or better shot to shot consistency. This lower deviation will often show better accuracy and hey, who doesn’t like more velocity. Also, at some point you can keep adding powder but the velocity will level off and actually start decreasing. We call this the “point of diminishing returns” where the extra powder is not being burned and becomes dead weight that you are pushing down the barrel.
Trajectory: A difference of 150 fps can make a difference in point of impact of 6” or more at 500 yards, depending on the caliber and bullet used. This amount is not usually a deal breaker, but the fact that it gets progressively worse with distance, combined with the challenges of shooting long range can really add up.
Muzzle velocity/max range: All expanding bullets have a velocity window in which they will expand. This is what determines the maximum range that a specific bullet will reliably expand upon hitting game. With most rifle bullets, this max range is further than the normal range that people hunt, but with handgun and muzzleloader bullets, this is not always the case. Knowing the velocity will give you the information to make an ethical shot.
Take the time to learn your chronograph before getting too serious about the numbers. I start by using inexpensive 22LR rounds to familiarize myself. Try to shoot a string of five shots to give you a fair number. Three shots will give you an idea, but five is better. Here are a few tips to make any chronograph work well:
Distance: Most manufacturers recommend keeping the chronograph 10’ away from the muzzle. If you are closer, the muzzle blast and any remaining powder will give a false reading. If you are shooting a magnum cartridge and getting poor readings, try backing up a few feet.
Line of sight vs. line of flight: Keep in mind that your sight/scope may sit between 1” and 2 1/2” above the bore. You may see a clear shot through your scope, but the barrel may be pointing directly at your skyscreen. If you’re looking for a reason to buy a new chrono, this will do it. It is also a good idea to use a rest to steady the firearm to lessen the chance of hitting something unintentionally. This is especially true with handguns.
Lighting: Having either too much light, or not enough light will give inconsistent readings. Chronographs work by seeing a shadow as the projectile passes over the skyscreen. The time it takes to cross each screen is calculated internally and you see the magic number appear on your screen. Very sunny days can “wash out” the shadow. Conversely, Days with poor light, or shooting indoors will have too little light for good contrast. On sunny days, use the diffusers to soften the light. Shooting during sunrise or sunset will also give bad readings due to the low angle of light. Try shooting mid day when the sun is overhead, and use the diffusers when needed.
Battery: Keep fresh batteries on hand. When the power starts to fade, you will often get bad readings. This is sometimes hard to diagnose so change them out regularly.
Drop that first shot: The first shot through a clean barrel will often times give a different velocity than subsequent shots. It is usually a higher velocity, but can be lower depending on your specific firearm. I like to shoot one or two shots, wait for it to cool, and proceed with my testing. On this note, give the gun sufficient time to cool between shots. As the chamber and barrel heat up, velocities will rise.
The proof is in the pudding: Don’t just lob rounds through the chrono to test speed, but actually shoot groups as you are testing. This will cause you to shoot more slowly, helping prevent the barrel from heating up and also give you another tool to determine the best load or ammo for your gun. The highest velocity or even the lowest deviation will not always be the best group. I will give up a few fps any day for better accuracy.
Test that dope: Last but not least, don’t trust the latest and greatest ballistics program to tell you where you will be hitting at 500 yards. Use the program to get you on paper, and then go practice at the distances you intend to hunt. Minor inaccuracies in your trajectory program input or a slight difference in your actual zero will cause a big change in actual point of impact.
Many chronograph models will automatically calculate the Hi, Low, Average, Extreme Spread, and Standard Deviation for you. If your model doesn’t, here are the simple formulas: Hi: The fastest shot in the string. Low: The slowest shot in the string. Average: Add up the velocities of the string, and then divide by the number of shots. (Ex: 2700, 2710, 2698, 2709, 2696. Added together: 13,513. Divided by 5 is 2702). Extreme Spread: The difference between the highest and lowest number. (Ex above: 2710 Hi, minus 2696 Low =14) Standard Deviation is a bit more complicated. The easiest way is to use a spreadsheet like Excel. Input your shots into the cells, and use the formula =STDEV(cell #’s of your shots). Many scientific calculators will also have this formula. Most brands will let you “drop” a bad shot caused by any of the problems listed above. Unless the conditions are just perfect, plan on dropping some shots every time you go out.
Hopefully this information helps you next time you are on the range. Refer to the owner’s manual of your specific model for more detailed instructions. You can find out more information about the AmmoMaster at www.RCBS.com.
A third-season elk hunt near Gunnison, CO ended with the fixings for a full freezer after this bull had a close encounter with a 185-grain Barnes TSX bullet from a Ruger Mark II in 338 Winchester Magnum. The neck shot produced an instant humane kill with a ¾” hole through the spine that resulted in no collateral meat damage. I have hunted with Barnes TSX bullets for eight seasons and taken several elk, deer and antelope with precise consistency and reliability on each shot fired.
Super Crispy Roasted Goose
- 1 (10 pound) fresh goose
- 1 1/2 cups wild rice
- 5 cups cold water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 1/2 cups fresh sliced shiitake mushrooms
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2/3 cup dry sherry
- 2 cups giblet gravy
Carefully prick the goose on all sides with a skewer, taking care to avoid piercing the flesh. Fill a pot large enough to hold the goose 2/3 full of water, and bring to a boil. Submerge bird neck side down for 1 minute, until goose bumps arise on the goose. Turn goose tail side down, and repeat the process. Remove goose from the pot, and drain. Place breast side up on a rack in a large roasting pan. Set in the refrigerator, uncovered, to dry the skin for 24 to 48 hours.
Cook the rice the night before roasting the goose: place the rice in a pot with 5 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 45 minutes. Refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat, and cook the onion until tender. Mix in cooked rice, mushrooms, and egg. Season mixture with poultry seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the goose inside and out with salt and pepper. Fill goose cavities with the stuffing. Seal cavities with kitchen twine, and place the goose breast side down on a rack in a roasting pan.
Roast bird 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven; do not open the oven door. Remove bird from the oven, and use a baster to remove the fat that has accumulated in the bottom of the pan. Turn bird on it’s back in the roasting pan, and continue roasting 1 hour, or until the internal temperature when tested with a meat thermometer has reached a minimum of 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Remove goose from the oven, and transfer to a larger pan. Return to the oven for 15 minutes to further crisp and brown the bird. Take out the goose, and let it sit uncovered for 30 minutes before removing stuffing.
To make gravy, place the original roasting pan over 2 burners. Mix in 2/3 cup of dry sherry, and scrape the pan with a wooden spoon. Combine these drippings with giblet broth to make a gravy for the goose and stuffing.
Thanks for a great product! I’ve shot moose, sheep and deer with your 180-gr. Triple-Shock X bullet at distances of 40 to 400 yards. They work great! But the BEST “Dragon Slayer” is the .338 250-gr. Triple-Shock. I’ve killed 4 moose and one black bear with a single shot each. They just FALL DOWN!
Thanks again for a great bullet,
Steve Sutton is the winner of the Remington’s Fast Snap™ 2.0 Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun Cleaning Kits.
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This champion of the 8mm caliber was a WWII veteran and legendary outdoor writer. Who was he?
Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX ammunition (limited to current stock on hand as of March 2nd, 2011). The posting will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd at 12:00 noon Mountain Time. Posts made before that time will not be accepted.
We will be posting this announcement on our Facebook page on Wednesday, March 2nd by 12:00 noon Mountain Time so be sure to get there first. Good luck!
Congratulations to Per Holmseth for guessing the correct score on the contest featured in last months newsletter. Per won a box of VOR-TX Ammunition!
Eight year old Josh Wilson took his first hog using a Wilson Combat Recon SBR 7.62x40WT (Walther BBL) equipped with a Wilson Combat Whisper suppressor, a Leupold VX-R 3-9×50 scope, and the Barnes 110-gr TTSX bullet! The shoulder shot inflicted massive lung damage. The hog ran less than 20 yards before meeting its quick demise. Great shot, Josh! We know your dad and grandpa are very proud of you.