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March 2012 Barnes Bullet-N

March Special

Click here for the March 2012 Promotion PDF

Coni’s Corner:  

Unmanaged wolf, coyote and lion populations have a dramatic and proven negative impact on game populations, even in good habitats. We need great habitat and we need predator management to have abundant wildlife herds. If protecting the future of wildlife is a priority, we must continue to recognize the need for a balanced approach and recognize the impact that improperly managed predators can have on healthy deer, elk, moose and sheep.

Ryan Benson, a Utah native, was hired to lead this effort for Big Game Forever. He was tasked to overcome legal log-jams and to work with the US Congress to return wolves to state wildlife management. In the last year, almost 65,000 messages have been sent to Congress in support of state management of wolves and protection of America’s wildlife resources. Members of Congress have heard our voice! Great strategy and relentless push on this difficult political effort won a great victory for the future of wildlife in America.

At the 2011 Western Hunting Conservation Expo in Utah, attendees were told that with great focus and effort, wolf management would be returned to the states. This has been a herculean effort. At this year’s Expo, Ryan Benson proudly reported that in April of 2011 (just months after the 2011 Expo) the US Congress removed wolves from ESA protection, returning management authority to state fish and game agencies. Then in December, after more than a decade of delay, wolves were delisted in MI, WI, and MN through administrative action. Already, in the states of MT and Idaho, more than 400 wolves have been legally harvested by hunters. This will save an estimated 12,000 elk and deer.

We must continue this important effort. We must prevent history from repeating itself in Utah, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Please take just 5 minutes: click here to send a pre-written or personalized message to your legislators about the wolf issues. In order to be successful, we need more sportsmen to join the fight. With 15 Million American Hunters and over 25 Million American Anglers, our voice must not remain silent.

Thanks to all of those members of Congress who looked past the politics, reached across the aisle and found ways to delist wolves in America. A special thanks to Senators Hatch, Reid, Utah State Senators Christensen and Dayton, Utah Congressmen Matheson, Rehberg and Edwards and Congresswoman Lummis, Wyoming Governor Frudenthal, Utah Governor Herbert, Idaho Governor Otter and many others.

Randy and I were honored at this year’s Expo awards dinner and live auction to stand and present special awards to former Texas Senator Ted Lyon, Jeff Foxworthy: the first major celebrity to put his name out there in support of delisting wolves, and Don Peay of Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife. Don has been a close friend of ours for many years. He is passionate about hunting, conservation and seeing the most important battles through to the end. As Randy and I have said many times, the wolf war is not just about saving mule deer and elk: it is about Hunting and Conservation across the country. Please support this important fight today by clicking on this link and adding your name to the petition.

-Coni Brooks

Barnes’ Tips, Tools, and Techniques

Continuing with the virtual tour theme this month, we are off to the Triple-Shock machine where you’ll see the actual grooves being cut into the shank of the bullet. Groove numbers can range in number from 1 to 5 (depending on the bullet). Today, more rifles shoot Barnes bullets accurately than ever before in large part due to the addition of the Accu-Groove bullet technology to the X Bullet which is now known as the Triple-Shock X Bullet, or TSX. The Accu-Groove technology reduces the bearing surface of the Barnes all-copper bullets. This means there is less bullet shank engaging the bore. Less bullet contact translates into less friction and a real reduction in pressure. Of course, Accu-Groove technology reduces copper fouling and thus improves accuracy.

In the video you’ll see that we machine all of the grooves at once: the bullet and the cutter spin at the same time. This method allows for a very concentric cut in the bullet and translates into better accuracy for you. Have a look.

This second video starts in the polisher where you can see the bullets and cleaning media vibrating toward a fine polish. When they have been polished for just the right amount of time they will be separated on a screen mesh. They are rinsed and spin dried in the final operation. Next they will go to packaging where they will be boxed and sent to your local retailer. Packaging is the final stop on our tour of the Barnes Bullets plant. I’ll see you there next month.

Ty Herring
Consumer Services Lead

Barnes Awards

Barnes VOR-TX 300 AAC Blackout 110 grain TAC-TX Ammunition awarded BEST OF SHOT ’12 by MilitaryTimes GearScout. CLICK HERE to read more.

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 on this award and the Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition click here.

Barnes Bullets is the proud recipient of the North American Hunting Club’s seal of approval for the TTSX. The TTSX received an outstanding 97% approval rating from the NAHC field test members. Click here to view the article.

Success Story

Vaughn Dennis

“As Dad’s mate had to pull out of the Buffalo Safari with only a week to go, I was able to go along to the Northern Territory with dad to hunt water buffalo with Eddie Clark of Coral Sea Safari’s. A few days before the trip I helped dad reload some 200 gr TSX’s for his 30-06, we were looking for something heavy for large pigs. On the second day of the Safari our PH Eddie saw a management bull that he wanted removed from the area, we stopped about 650 yards away and while unloading Eddie turned to me and asked if I wanted to shoot a buffalo, I thought he was joking. We stalked to within 30 yards and I was able to take a head shot using dad’s 30-06 and the 200 gr TSX, I still have the bullet which worked perfectly, it was also my first shot out of dad’s rifle.”

Date – June 2011, the bull measured about 78 points and was taken in Arnham Land on a concession of 2million acres, Vaughn was 12 yrs of age when he took the bull.

Dad’s comments – “A very proud day for both father and son, just look at the smile on Vaughn’s face.”

Great shooting, Vaughn!!

Recipe of the Month

Boar Stew

2 lb. Wild boar meat cut in 2″ cubes, then marinate in buttermilk and tenderizer for one hour. Wash thoroughly.

1/4 – Cup flour

1 – Tsp. each of salt and pepper

3 – Tbsp. bacon fat

1 – Diced onion

1 – Tsp. garlic powder

3 – Cups meat stock

1/2 – Tsp. sage

1 – Cup sherry

3 – Stalks diced celery

4 – Diced carrots

Coat wild boar in flour mixed with salt and pepper. Heat fat in a deep pan and brown meat on all sides. Add vegetables and garlic and cook 5 minutes longer. Add stock or water with herbs and cook covered, 1 to 2 hours, depending on the toughness of the boar, until meat is tender. Last, blend vegetables in meat juices, add sherry, and serve.

Serve with potatoes and bread.

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Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

Ed Ross

I’m 70 years old and have been an avid outdoorsman since my father took me rabbit hunting when I was 5 years old … didn’t weigh much more than the rabbits. Since then I’ve harvested my fair share of whitetail deer, turkey, pheasants, grouse, and rabbits. I’ve also hunted moose, elk, and bear with less success but great enjoyment. I also fly fish for trout, steel head, and salmon. I tie most of my own flies and have made several fly rods. I enjoy shooting pistol and recently purchased a Smith and Wesson 460 for my son that we both enjoy using for target practice. In addtion to hunting, fishing, and shooting I also enjoy riding bike, hiking, back packing, and gardening.

Thank you,

Ed Ross

Thank you for being a member of Club-X! Ed won a Remington Heritage series Knife!

Remington Heritage Series Knive

All of the Heritage Series knives are made in America from the finest materials and have their bolsters stamped with the same distinctive Remington Arms company shield that was present on all Remington firearms produced from 1888-1914.

For more information on this prize click here.

Prize for March

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.

For more information about Rand’s and the products they offer, click here.

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

The Barnes’ XLC or “blue bullet” was the first upgrade to the X Bullet line. What does the acronym “XLC” stand for?

Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes Components. The posting may begin on or after Monday, March 5th at 7:00 am Mountain Time. Posts made before that time will not be accepted.

We will be posting this announcement on our Facebook page on or after Monday, March 5th by 7:00 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

Congratulations to Ken Cline for guessing the correct answer on the contest featured in last months newsletter! Brandon received a box of 30-06 150 gr TTSX VOR-TX Ammunition!

Parting Shots

Kim White of Riverton, Wyoming shot this group with a Nosler model 48 rifle chambered in a 280 Ackley Improved with the 145 gr Barnes LRX. “I think this load will work”, he commented in his email.

Jace Christensen, son of Barnes’ Operations Manager Greg Christensen, kills a 300+ lb. hog with one shot from a 300 WSM and a 168 grain TSX. This hunt took place in Corrine, Utah with RiverBend Trophy Hunts.