May 2010 Barnes Bullet-N
It is no longer just the anti-gun and anti-hunting community. Wolves are now the number one threat to the future of western hunting. The Yellowstone National Park elk herd currently sits at under 6,000 animals, down from 20,000 strong. In 1995, there were 1,200 moose in Jackson, Wyoming. Today, there are an alarming 117 animals.
Utah currently manages for a zero-wolf population, and the north-east corner of the state is in the de-listed zone. We learned that a pack of wolves was spotted in northeastern Utah just last week. Our state is currently under scrutiny by left-wing Federal judges to reverse the zero-wolf policy and to put wolves back on the endangered species list which not only affects Utah, but every state where wolves were re-introduced a decade ago.
Let us be clear. This is not a fight for sportsmen alone to preserve hunting in the west. It is also a political fight, and one that all American citizens who believe in the Constitution should take up to let their positions be known.
The concept of Federalism is embodied in our Constitution. More specifically, Dual Federalism, which promotes a stronger emphasis on keeping the governing power close to the people at the state and local levels, rather than at the national level. The majority of governing once managed by the states has slowly shifted during the last century, giving more power to the Federal Government. Unfortunately, this practice has gained a tremendous amount of momentum during the current President’s term in office. Americans are now clawing and scratching, kicking and fighting to keep what we have and get back what we have lost due to Washington politics.
So what do the wolves have to do with this? A lot! The states are the best qualified to manage their wildlife – NOT the Federal government. Therefore, sportsmen and American citizens need to join in this fight and push back against a Federal system that sold-out, despite solid statistics based on years of wolf research that were presented to them by experts and authorities in the field.
These reasons are a very important basis for why we have joined in the wolf war. You bet we are advocates of hunting. We are sickened by the rapid decimation of the elk, deer and moose herds in the West where clearly, wolves are responsible. You bet we want healthy wildlife herds for the public and future generations to enjoy while out in nature. You bet we are fighting for the Constitution and one of its strongest intentions. Remember, we are not only in this fight as hunters and conservationists, but as American citizens.
We cannot wait – the time has come for action. Therefore, we have personally written a $100,000 check to kick off Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife’s (SFW) Big Game Forever organization. Through Big Game Forever, SFW will continue on as the single most influential organization in the wolf war. In the first week after our donation, SFW obtained over $300,000 in matching funds for the driver behind Big Game Forever: to make sure wolves stay de-listed and that the states are allowed to manage them for 150 wolf maximums.
Please visit www.biggameforever.org and join us in the battle to preserve western hunting, and an important principle upon which our Constitution was intended to uphold. Learn about the western herds that are in crisis, come to the understanding that wolf over-population is a serious issue that needs immediate attention, study the proposed wolf solutions and find out how you can help by simply signing an online petition for Congress to allow states to manage wolves. A petition may or may not mean a whole lot in today’s world. However, by signing THIS petition you are volunteering to receive an occasional (yes, only occasional) email asking you to do something such as writing your local representative to make sure they hear our voice. Recently, Governor Herbert of Utah collected over 17,000 pieces of correspondence from people in support of allowing wolves to thrive in our state, while he saw only a handful from sportsmen. Thankfully, he is in support of keeping wolves de-listed and out of Utah but the point is this: What about those representatives who are on the fence or who need our vote?
We ask everyone to think about how our actions now will get the ball rolling for other important future agendas so that the citizens of the United States can take back this great country. Barnes Club-X members are passionate people and this is your call to action. Please make this critical stand with us now and let it be known it is not a sleeping dog that has been kicked, rather a hungry grizzly awakened.
Randy and Coni Brooks
I want to thank everyone for the great comments I’ve received over the years about Ty’s Tips. I’m not saying goodbye, but we’re expanding the focus and changing the new column’s name to, “Tips, Tools and Techniques.” Ryan Keele, our newest customer service representative, will be helping with the new column. I welcome his insight and eagerness. He’ll add some fresh flavor to the column. We’ll be highlighting a variety of tools in the next few months. Some new and some old—but the information we pass along is guaranteed to help you at your reloading bench.
This month we’re going to highlight the Small Base Reloading die sets available from RCBS and Redding. Last October I hunted in Texas to get some action footage for the new Barnes DVD many of you are now receiving (please click here to get your free copy). I took along my AR-15 chambered for the 223 Remington. I worked up loads for several different bullets before I left, and all went well at the reloading bench.
Once I began hunting, my luck changed. When I drew down on the first animal and pulled the trigger, Nothing! I quickly removed the stuck cartridge and worked the action again. Once again NOTHING! After missing the opportunity to shoot, I examined the offending cartridges. The firing pin had struck the primer, but produced only a very faint mark. This told me the cartridges were slightly oversize, and hadn’t been pushed all the way into the chamber. Back at camp, I discovered that many of the cartridges that worked so well in the Barnes Ballistics Lab were indeed too large to chamber properly.
This leads me to this month’s topic. Had I used the lab’s RCBS Small Base die instead of the standard full-length die when sizing the cartridges, I suspect all would have been well and we’d have more footage for you to view. As my father used to say, “If anything can go wrong, it will.” You can imagine the egg on my face when I, a Barnes customer service representative, had to admit the mistake.
The Small Base die set from RCBS is available for a wide variety of calibers and cartridges. These dies should be used for reloading ammunition that will be fired in automatic, semi-automatic, pump, slide and some lever-action rifles. They are not recommended for ammunition used in bolt-action rifles.
These Small Base dies resize the body of the case and set the shoulder back slightly more than a full-length die set will. The result is more reliable functioning and chambering. These dies can be purchased alone or in the standard set that includes a regular expander-decapping unit and regular seating die with a regular seater plug.
It’s still a mystery to me why the loaded rounds worked through the AR-15 action so well in the Ballistics Lab and not in the field. You can be sure I’ll be using the Small Base die set from now on, and I hope you will too.
Your comments and patronage are appreciated!
Pheasant and Dumplings
3 lbs pheasant cut into serving size pieces
1/2 cup chicken broth (Pheasant Broth if you have it)
1/2 cup red wine
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
3 carrots — cut in 1 inch pieces
3 stalks of celery — cut in 1 inch pieces
2 med onion cut in 1 in pieces
1/2 package frozen peas
2 cup packaged biscuit mix
3/4 cup milk
1 tsp. parsley flakes
Wash pheasant pieces and trim away any excess fat pat dry with a paper towel
Brown the pheasant pieces in a skillet then place pheasant pieces in the crock pot with largest and bony pieces on bottom.
Add broth and wine and sprinkle pheasant with salt, pepper, poultry seasoning.
Add celery, onions, carrots and frozen peas then cover.
Place crock pot into the outer shell.
Cook on Low setting 8 to 10 hours or High setting 4 to 4 1/2 hours.
About 30 minutes before cooking is done combine biscuit mix, milk, parsley flakes.
Stir the dumpling mixture until it is just moistened – don’t over stir.
Open the crock pot and stir contents.
Drop the dumpling by spoonfuls (about eight) over the hot steaming pheasant and cover.
Cook on the High setting for the last 30 minutes.
Do not remove the crock pot cover while the dumplings are steaming.
Serve immediately when the dumplings are done.
Don enjoys spending time at the range, target shooting, hunting, reloading, camping in a tent, and fishing. He is also a military history fanatic and enjoys spending as much time as possible in the outdoors.
Montie Design AR-Shooting Rest
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Wade Welcker, Barnes Ballistics Lab supervisor, fired this quickie group at 100 yards from a Bushmaster Predator (20” barrel, 1:8” twist, Leupold Mark IV scope) with the Barnes 223 caliber 70 grain TAC-X (TSX) moving 2703 fps at the muzzle. The load was 22.5 grains of Ramshot TAC powder, Federal 205 primer, in once-fired 09 LC brass. This was the first load he tried out of the Barnes Reloading Manual #4 in this rifle.