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Get 15% Off MatchBurners

Ty’s Tips For March

Don’t Miss This Month’s Club-X Prize

AR Guns & Hunting SHOT Special

Product Availability Alert


New TAC-XPD™ Defense Ammunition
Shipping To Retailers NOW

Barnes is pleased to announce that the new for 2013 TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition loads in 380 Auto are shipping to retailers now; 45 Auto and 40 S&W will ship this month and 9mm Luger will ship to retailers mid April.

February Special

15% off MatchBurners

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Get all your MatchBurners, including .224″ bullets, at 15% off! Visit the Barnes Store and enter the discount code “burners” when you check out to take advantage of these savings.

Spring Rebate Offer


While many of us are in the middle of a very cold winter, we thought we would try to warm things up a bit with our 2013 Spring rebate.

Up to $12 cash back on
Varmint Grenades, Match Burners and Varminators.
Up to $20 cash back on VOR-TX Safari.

Click Here to Learn More and Download the Rebate Form.


Coni’s Corner

Whenever you feel weak remember the things that made you strong. Whenever you start to doubt yourself, remember those who believe in you…  

Hello to everyone!!!

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Coni in the Shoothouse at Gunsite

This month is going to be a lot of fun for me. I’m attending a special 2-day Defensive Handgun Course. My youngest daughter, Chandra, is going with me which just makes it all that much more fun. I feel very comfortable shooting and handling rifles and shotguns. However, I feel like I need more education and training with handguns, particularly in defensive situations. It’s important to me that I have complete confidence should I ever have the need to use my handgun defensively.

My oldest daughter, Jessica, and I attended a 2-day Defensive Handgun Course at Gunsite about 3 years ago. We had great fun and learned a lot from our instructor, Il Ling Nu.

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Jessica at Gunsite

Gunsite is a great place to learn firearms skills on all levels. I can highly recommend taking their courses as well.

I’m excited for Chandra to learn defensive handgun skills as well. It certainly doesn’t hurt to get repetitive training, which is why I decided it would be good for me to take another course. You can never have too much training, particularly when it concerns firearms.

The course we are attending is put on by our good friend Chuck Taylor. Chuck’s articles have been printed in Guns & Ammo, Handguns, SWAT and numerous other publications. We’ll be shooting at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Coni and Jessica with Il Ling

We plan on shooting several different makes and models of handguns, including a few of our own Smith & Wesson Bodyguards chambered in 380 Auto. They are small and pretty handy to use and have laser sights installed which can be a very helpful training aid. Check out the Bodyguard Here. The size and feel is great, particularly if you’re looking for an easily concealable carry pistol.

Keep in mind that Barnes introduced the TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition this year in 9mm +P, 380 Auto, 40 S&W and 45 Auto +P. We’ll be shooting this ammo in our 380’s.


If you can’t find TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition in your favorite sporting goods store, give us a call and we’ll direct you to a retailer. However, I know it won’t be on the shelves long. We should have all four sku’s out by mid-April. The 380, 40 S&W and 45 Auto +P are shipping now. The 9mm +P will ship the end of March.

I’ll let you know how the course goes in next month’s newsletter. Also, we’ll be taking some video of our shoot as well and will posting those on our YouTube channel and website around the end of March so be sure to check back.

I hope you have a great spring season. I know we are ready for it here in Utah. We’ve had lots of snow and I’m ready for warm weather.


Locked & Loaded: Big Gear Giveaway

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

Question 1:
I am going bear hunting this fall and have read some very good reviews on this TSX bullet. My question is, which .458 bullet is safe for the Marlin 1895 with a tube magazine? Or are they all safe for this gun? I reload and want to use the heaviest I can.

Because you have a tubular type magazine, you’ll be required to use flat nose bullets. This is done to ensure that the point of the bullet doesn’t impact and set off the primer of the round in front of it – and thereby cause a chain fire in the tube magazine.
We offer the .458 cal 250-gr TSXFN and 300-gr TSXFN bullets for this very purpose and they will perform well on Black Bear. For the larger brown bear, we suggest the Barnes Buster. The 400-gr Busters use a hard lead core and are enclosed in a heavy .049” jacket to withstand heavy bone impacts. Both styles incorporate the flat nose design you require.

Question 2:
I have recently acquired some .223 36-gr Varmint Grenades. I have an AR with a 1-7 twist. Can I shoot these rounds safely in this barrel?
Thank You,

Although they seem light at first, I think you’ll find they perform very well in your 1 in 7 twist barrel. I know other manufacturers have struggled with keeping a jacket on the bullet in these fast twist barrels, but not Barnes. We actually test hot loads in rifles with 1 in 7 twist rates to confirm jacket integrity. I personally shoot and hunt with them in my 1 in 8 twist AR-15 with 27.0-gr of H335 at about 3620fps in my 20” barrel.

Ty Herring – Consumer Services – Lead Tech

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.

AR Guns & Hunting – SHOT Special.


Success Story

Candy Yow

Candy On The Pack Out

Part of the fun of hunting is seeing who draws what tags. Since meeting my husband a few years ago I get to partake in that fun. Since some of these hunts take several points and years to accumulate I get a kick out of telling the guys I am going to draw as they know the odds are against me. Well this past year when we all put in for the coveted Arizona bull tag I joined right in with the rest claiming the tag long before the draw came out. I only had one point so the odds were not in my favor at all, but low and behold I drew! We actually had 3 tags drawn in our group, which is a lot, so with 3 tags we had a large camp, all great friends and comrades and all there to help in any way they could.

Opening morning comes and I have the butterflies in my stomach as we get up at 3:30, quickly fix a big breakfast for everyone, then bundle up for a 4 mile four wheeler ride to the trail head. After reaching the trailhead we shed those layers preparing for at least a 2 mile hike to the “fire pit”, this is just the spotting area…. Reaching the “fire pit” just at the right time, we had enough light to actually start spotting we see three blond spots immediately.

Candy With Her Trophy

We set up spotting scopes to watch the 3 bulls and determine if we have a chance to get to them before they feed out of sight. All three are nice bulls, one is definitely a shooter but they are feeding up fast and we know we won’t make it in time, so we just watch them, which is exciting in itself. A couple hours later I spot another bull one ridge away, he is moving fast as if he has been bumped. Zach Russell, Neal Russell, my grandson Dylan and I take off to see if we can get there first. Well we figured right but had too much adrenaline because we overshot him and he blew and raced away; he was a great bull but just wasn’t meant to be. Not a bad day for opening day, no bulls taken but we had seen some and hiked a lot of miles, so back to camp with spirits high to prepare for day 2.

Day 2 & 3 are about the same, up early long hikes and seeing several bulls off in the distance, we actually went after a small herd but the 3 bulls took off in the direction of Steve Dodd (another tag holder) and he got a real nice bull. This picks up the excitement in camp a bit as we are beginning to get tired from the days of hiking. I actually went back and took a nap in the afternoon of day 3, the long hard hours were catching up with me quickly.

Candy and Randy

Day Five, the pressure is one now. I have made up my mind I am shooting for meat. As we approach the “fire pit” I am anticipating a quick rest when Randy spots something just below us, we watch for a couple minutes and it’s a bull, and it’s a pretty nice one. We are over 600 yards away so we decide to go to the next ridge and head down to try to get a shot straight across. This takes a bit as it is steep and we need to make no sound. As we come to an open spot to take a look, I refuse to look at the horns, just get a good clean shot at the bull and be thankful for the meat is my theory at this point. The bull is looking at us and has very little room in the open if he takes off, but instead of panicking at my situation I pray. Randy ranges him at 318 yards and I know I can make that shot, I settle in, aim and squeeze, but it is a clear miss, didn’t even scare him, so I take a deep breath and say a quick prayer for a safe, quick effective shot and squeeze. It felt good and Randy says “He’s hit, he’s hit hard,” but as I stand to take a look Randy pushes me back down, “You may have to shoot again.” So I stand to see what and where I would be shooting and he pushes me back down again, I stand again and yes the yoyo actions goes on for a bit. But at last he yells “Bull Down, Praise God, Bull Down!” I am overcome with emotion at this point and head that direction, even though it is only 318 yards away it is going to take us a bit to get there; down one hill and back up the other side we go. Randy says to me, “I think you are going to be really happy with your bull,” I say I don’t care how big he is I will be happy with anything at this point, and he answers, “I think you will be very happy”. As we get to the bull he is right, He is a beautiful 7x 6 with a double royal and not real broken up much, a strong red tint to his horns from rubbing in the desert, massive body and just beautiful. I would have been happy with any bull but God had blessed me with a magnificent bull. Tears fill my eyes as I try to take it all in at once, the exhaustion, the hard work, the excitement and the doubt over the past 5 days has taken a toll, but looking at him I am filled with adrenaline and ready to take on the world. Zach & Neal come down from the fire pit to help work him up and we all take turns packing out the horns of this magnificent animal. Everyone at camp greeted me with congrats and hugs, then I got to stay in camp then next day while Robert Bonine took the mules in to pack the elk out.. Words can’t describe the feelings that took place that day, the friends, the beautiful country, the fun and the blessings that took place. Thanks to my husband for his help and putting up with me and to all the great friends there, and Thanks to God for your generous Blessings,

Candy Yow

Watch for the full story of Candy’s hunt in a future issue of Eastman’s Hunting Journal.
And watch Candy’s husband Randy on Extreme Desire TV

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 and get a Barnes hat if we use your recipe.

Crock Pot Venison

  • 3 carrots
  • 5 potatoes
  • 2 lbs. venison, in 1 1/2″ cubes
  • 4 strips of diced bacon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 onions, Quartered
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. paprika


Preparation Instructions:
  1. Cook diced bacon, set aside.
  2. Brown venison in bacon grease.
  3. Combine ingredents in crock pot, mix, cook on low for 8-10 hours

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    March, 2013 Club-X Prize

    Ultra Seat Rack Headrest Gun Holder


    Here is a great new way to carry your guns in your Pick-Up, and SUV. The Ultra Seat Rack is the answer to all your gun transportation needs. This product is durable and can easily be moved from one vehicle to another. It has a tough rubber coating to protect your valuable weapons. This is a great gift for any hunter. No more banging around your gun and scope in the backseat. Just place the carrying brackets between the two vertical headrest posts, and you are on your way. The Ultra Seat Rack gives you the capability to carry your guns securely while freeing up the back seat for passengers.

    To learn more about the Ultra Seat Rack Click Here.

    Parting Shot

    tracking-point shoot

    Our friends from TrackingPoint stopped by Mona, Utah this week to demonstrate their shooting system to some local customers. Barnes has teamed up with TrackingPoint and is loading their precision XactShot™ Ammunition, custom-loaded for the TrackingPoint Precision Guided Firearm system.