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May 2012 Barnes Bullet-N

IN THIS ISSUE: Triple-Shocks, not just for hunting…  


300 AAC BLACKOUT VOR-TX Ammunition Available and Shipping to retailers May 10th

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NEW! 300 AAC BLK VOR-TX Ammunition   NEW! 300 AAC BLK/Whisper 110 Gr TAC-TX

Coni’s Corner

Women who behave, rarely make history. -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  

The NRA Convention in St. Louis, MO in was an amazing success. Lots of people attended and many of you stopped by the booth to see what was new and to congratulate us for VOR-TX Ammunition winning American Hunter magazine’s Golden Bullseye Award for Ammunition Product of the Year, and of course to enter our VOR-TX ammunition giveaway. I am also proud that our good friend Bob Morrison, President Emeritus of Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc., is the recipient of the 2012 Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award.

A graduate of West Point and former officer in the U.S. Army, Bob is an unwavering defender of the Second Amendment, the firearm industry and the National Rifle Association. During a professional career that spanned more than 40 years and included tours at Smith & Wesson, Winchester, Colt and Bianchi, Morrison distinguished himself as a highly successful sales and marketing executive who also made significant contributions to product development. He joined Taurus in 1993 as an independent sales rep, eventually became an employee and, in 2005, was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Taurus International. From that point forward, the company embarked on a period of remarkable growth.

Under Bob’s dynamic leadership, Taurus International grew into a formidable firearm company and the first one to offer its customers an unqualified lifetime repair policy. Bob introduced many innovative products, with the .45/.410 revolver, The Judge, making a tremendous impact on the entire shooting industry. A competitive shooter, he is also president of the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Early on, Bob saw the need to partner with the NRA to recruit new members and raise funds. Since April 2000, Taurus has given a free NRA membership with the purchase of every Taurus firearm. The program has brought in 40,334 NRA members to date.

“Bob Morrison’s uncanny ability to gauge the changing needs of gun owners has provided the spark for numerous products that now afford Americans greater personal security and give them a wealth of practical firearm options for all kinds of shooting and hunting applications,” said Graham. “His track record embodies this award’s pioneer spirit, and his dedication to freedom has been invaluable to NRA’s cause.”

“No individual outside of Barnes Bullets has had more impact on our New Product ideas than Bob Morrison. A great ally in business, and in life,” said Randy Brooks. “The only person who made me laugh so hard I literally fell out of my office chair.”

Barnes 2012 NRA Booth   Coni & Jessica with Bob Morrison, the 2012 NRA Golden Bullseye Pioneer Award winner

We gave away 2 boxes of VOR-TX Ammunition to 10 lucky customers each of the three days of the show. In order to enter the drawing a survey sheet had to be filled out. The survey sheet asked some very important questions that will help us in our future marketing and development of new products and to let us know what you the customer likes best. This information is a great help to us and we take this information seriously.

We give a great thanks to all of you that stopped by. We never get tired of meeting our customers face to face and hearing about their shooting and hunting stories.

On a serious note – the speakers at the NRA Convention and the messaging the NRA created achieved the goal of ensuring that shooters understand how crucial this year is to vote the right politicians in to office. We all need to encourage everyone to get out and vote – and vote in the way that will keep our second amendment rights in tact. Not to mention putting our country back on the right track for not only now but in the distant future. Click here to view a video of highlights from the NRA Annual Meetings, and consider attending next year in Houston, Texas.

On a lighter note, we took our new apparel to the NRA show this year, some of which had not been offered prior to the show. We now have that apparel on our store site and are offering it this month only for 20% off. There is something for everyone in the family, so look these items over and get your orders in today to take advantage of the great savings on Barnes branded clothing, tools and accessories!

As always, we appreciate your support of Barnes and for using our products. We really enjoy receiving emails telling us about your shooting and hunting experiences, so please keep the photos and stories coming. You might be featured on the website, in the newsletter, or in a future catalog and reloading manual.

Thanks so much,

-Coni Brooks

May Special

20% Off Barnes Accessories
Ends Thursday, May 31st

Click here to go directly to the Barnes Store Accessories page

NEW! Barnes Para-Cord Survival Bracelets   NEW! Barnes Varmin-A-Tor T-Shirt

Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

With the tremendous amount of new component products Barnes has introduced, many of the consumer services questions we receive are about the appropriate applications for these products. Below is a brief explanation about the construction, performance characteristics and intended use for these components.

The LRX (Long Range X) bullets are flying out of here faster than we can make them. These are an optimized version of the Tipped TSX bullet and they have unique qualities that may make them better for you under a few circumstances.

An improved nose and boattail to be even more streamlined (higher BC value). This will again add to the distance you can shoot and still achieve bullet expansion. On top of that, we have lowered the minimum impact velocity to achieve expansion from 2000 fps (for most of the Tipped TSX calibers and weights) to 1600 fps for all of the LRX bullets. Again this will add about another 200 yds to your maximum effective range. In some larger cartridges this will allow the bullets to expand out to distances of 1000 yds or more.

So the LRX is only good for big magnum cartridges at extended ranges? Not so. Another good scenario for its use could be to extend the range of a lesser cartridge. For example, if you look at 308 Winchester ballistics, you’ll see that it runs out of sufficient velocity for good bullet expansion at about 450 yds with most TSX and Tipped TSX bullets. By substituting the LRX, you can extend that range to near 650 yds! LRX bullets are very versatile, so they perform well in low, medium and high velocity cartridges.

Because the LRX’s are longer than many of the TSX and TTSX bullets in similar weight categories, you need to make sure you have the correct barrel twist. We mark the boxes accordingly. LRX’s perform on animals that Triple-Shocks and Tipped Triple-Shocks are also intended, generally speaking, but not limited to antelope, deer, elk, African plains game and predators.

The Match Burners are a fairly new component line for Barnes, introduced in 2011. Already we are hearing great reports of tremendous accuracy and I fully expect this one to take the competition by surprise. These bullets are a hollow point, lead core, jacketed (guilding metal) match bullet designed specifically for benchrest, high-power and tactical match shooting. No expansion tests are performed on this bullet and therefore we don’t recommend it for hunting purposes.

The Varmin-A-Tor with the new Deton-A-Tor core is one of my all-time favorites. Don’t confuse this bullet with the lead-free, powdered metal core Varmint Grenade. Reintroduced for 2012, the Varmin-A-Tors have a lead core and guilding metal jacket along with a sizeable hollow point to facilitate rapid expansion. That, coupled with their tremendous accuracy and cheap price make them a great choice for varmint and predator hunters. They are now available in .204 cal, .224 cal and .243 cal. These bullets have accompanied me on several prairie dog trips. Trust me, you’ll be extremely happy with these bullets.

Good shooting,

Ty Herring – Lead Technician Barnes Bullets

Barnes Awards

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 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.


Success Story

Tyler Mousser, Youth Hunter

The mountain views and fresh air are incredible, but to also have a really good day of hunting makes it even better. In January I start to get really excited for all the upcoming hunts,and just can’t wait the months inbetween January and hunting season. The anticipation of the tags I’ll draw and the animals I’ll get to hunt is exciting. When the tags come in the mail it feels like the best birthday present ever. Finally all the long months of waiting for the tags to come is over and I found out what I drew.

This year I drew an antelope tag in Montana and a mule deer tag in Utah. These two animals are so fun to hunt because we see a lot of them and they are somewhat of a challenge to hunt. I have a few years of hunting under my belt. I started when I was twelve and have hunted for five years now. In my hunting experience, I have found that I need to be confident in my shooting ability, but luck plays a very big part in going home with a trophy or empty-handed.

The drive to Montana for the hunt was a long and a hard trip to make – especially when you are super excited to put on boots and go hunting. We left really early in the morning so that we could hunt that day. It’s about 10 am when we stop to put our boots on and go on the look-out for a good buck. The first pod of antelope that we see has a good buck in it. We decide to get closer to them for a more comfortable shooting range. In Montana there are a lot of small rolling hills with little canyons. This makes it easy to spot the goats from far away but it’s difficult to stalk them because the land looks the same. We had a good idea where the goats were, so we started the drive closer to them. We saw the goats at a mile and a half away. These antelope have been hunted pretty hard so when they saw us at 300 yards, they took off. They stopped at 600 yards, but I wasn’t comfortable taking a shot that far. There was no way for us to close in on the herd without spooking them, so we decided to leave them and look elsewhere. Not thirty minutes after we got back onto the road we found another good group and set off. It was not my day because once again, they were out of range. Who says hunting antelope is easy? This was the pattern all day. I felt frustrated, but excited to head out the next day. After a good dinner at the diner and a good night’s sleep at a hotel, we were ready to set-off again.

We got up before dawn and finished our breakfast just as the sun came out. The very first pod of goats that we saw had a good buck in it. So we stopped the car and started our walk. My Uncle would stop occasionally and walk perpendicular to the antelope and I could not figure out why. I later found out that he was putting the sun at our backs so that the antelope couldn’t see us coming. The plan worked out great and we got within 400 yards of the goats. It took a bit longer to get my heart to slow down so I would not miss. It worked and I dropped the goat. When we reached the buck, he was much bigger than either of us expected and my mouth dropped. The antelope that I killed was a great trophy with a lot of mass and big cutters. When we got back to the car after all of the pictures and the cleaning, my uncle suggested that we could still make it to where we would hunt deer before the light was gone and I said, with the biggest smile on my face, “let’s do it”.

We had about an hour of good light when we pulled up to “the nob” (a good hunting spot) and started our hike. After twenty minutes of working a trail, my Uncle slowed way down and took a lot of time to cover a small distance and I knew that this could mean only one thing… he saw a shooter buck. After a couple of steps, I saw the buck and he was a shooter! We got to a good point where I could lay down to get the best shot. My uncle put down his backpack and I laid down and waited until the buck worked his way to the meadow. He had reached the middle of the meadow when the crack of my 270 Winchester Short Mag. went off and he dropped. When we got closer, his horns seemed to grow like my antelope’s did.

I could not have been happier! I scored a trophy class antelope in Montana and a trophy class mule deer in Utah, all in the same day. Two totally different landscapes and two totally different animals. This would be a day of hunting I would never forget. This single day is why I love to hunt: being with family, being outside, and being lucky!

Tyler Mousser, pictured with a number of fine trophies he has taken

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.

Venison Au Jus

I have made this simple, care-free and very tasty recipe many times over the years with elk, mule deer and whitetail shoulder roasts. I found it in The Art of Wild Game Cooking by Eileen Clark & Sil Strung. Unfortunately, this cookbook is no longer in print, but Eileen has published a number of excellent cookbooks which are offered on her website Rifles & Recipes. When I want to get a little fancy with my venison I pull out her most recent cookbook, Slice Of The Wild. It has everything from main dishes, to suggested sides and salads and full color illustrations with game care and meat cutting tips. Recipes for hunters, written and illustrated by a hunter, Eileen’s cookbooks really do ROCK! -Jessica Brooks-Stevens

Yield: 4-6 servings

  Photo by Sil Strung

Excerpt with this recipe:

“I use a 2 1/2-quart (2-liter) crock pot and set the meal
up the night before. This allows me a day of hunting or
fishing, and dinner is ready upon my return.”


2 cans beef consomme, 10 1/2 oz each
1/2 cup water
1 envelope Italian dressing mix, 6 oz
1 venison shoulder roast
6 deli steak rolls

Place the consomme, water, and Italian dressing mix in a crock pot and stir well. Add the meat. Set the crock pot on low and cover. Cook all night and the following day.

When you come back from fishing, just shred the meat and pile it liberally on deli steak rolls. Pour off the juice in the crock pot, putting some directly on the sandwich meat, and the rest in a bowl for dipping. Serve with a tossed salad.

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Monthly Club-X Prize

Congratulations April Club-X Prize Winner Matt Gonsor!

Barnes BULLDOG® Range bag

Barnes BULLDOG® Range Bag. One of the newest additions to the Barnes accessory line. Heavy-duty, durable Nylon, water-resistant outer shell. Large main compartment with removable divider. Outer pockets for extra storage. Adjustable shoulder strap. Deluxe padding and quality. Dimensions are 13″x7″x7″. Embroidered with “Barnes Optimized for your Target”. Retail value: $34.99.

Thank you Barnes Bullets for the gift. I am a 26 year old very active hunter. I live in South Dakota and hunt about every species available to hunt here. I also go on trips to Montana and Idaho to hunt the back country. Between hunting seasons I am either fishing or at the rifle range tweaking loads. My go to gun is a 300 Win Mag. I shoot the 168 grain TSX and trust this bullet to drop anything in North America. I have hunted deer, bear and elk with this round and i just won’t use anything else.

One complaint I have about Barnes Bullets is the fact I have an outstanding taxidermy bill every year! Thanks once again.

-Matt Gonsor

Matt’s Reloading Bench   Matt’s whitetail buck, 2011

Club-X Prize for May

Otis Technology Hardcore Hunter Cleaning Kit

Otis Technology introduces the new HardCore Hunter® Cleaning System (FG-752). Designed for the shooter who has a variety of firearms, this system is equipped to clean all rifles, pistols, shotguns, and in-line muzzleloaders. It has the essential tools to clean rifles .17 to .50 caliber, handguns .17 to .50 caliber, shotguns .410 to 12/10 gauge, and all in-line muzzleloaders. The HardCore Hunter® system has all the advantages of Otis’ Tactical kit, but is now designed for the hunter! Available in a Mossy Oak® or Realtree® camouflage softpack case, this cleaning system has a silent zipper that is water resistant, a micro fiber lens cloth for optics, and an additional 20 gauge shotgun brush. Also included are three Memory-Flex® cleaning rods, three slotted brass tips, two obstruction removers to knock out obstructions such as mud, snow, or a stuck bullet or case, T-handle bar, .5 oz. tube of Otis O85® Ultra Bore® cleaner, lubricant and preservative, all-caliber cotton cleaning patches for .223 caliber and larger, small caliber patches for .17 to .223 caliber, shotgun brush adapter and rubber Patch Savers® to get 360 degree coverage in your shotgun barrels, six high quality bore brushes, and a bore reflector/flag safety. With the HardCore Hunter® Cleaning System, no two kits will ever look the same; every camouflage pattern is unique. Retail value: $69.99.

Caliber/Gauge: .17 – .50 Caliber Rifles; .17 – .50 Caliber Pistols; .410 – 12/10 Gauge Shotguns; In-Line Muzzleloaders

Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

MAY QUESTION: What was the first animal taken with the Barnes Triple-Shock, and who was the hunter?

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, May 7th at 8:00 am Mountain Time. Posts made before that time will not be accepted.

We will be posting this announcement on the Barnes Facebook page on or after Monday, May 7th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

April Facebook Contest Winner:
Perry Dayton guessed the correct answer to April’s question. Perry received a box of 243 Winchester 85 Grain Tipped TSX Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition.

April Question:
Who designed the first commercially available cartridge to push a projectile over 3,000 fps?
250-3000 Savage by Charles Newton.

Parting Shots

Janice Ferrari

I have always considered myself a creative person, including being an Internationally published artist for three hand painted original designs.

After surviving three different cancers, I looked at my “bucket list”. Target shooting and making jewelry are on there. I have made various pieces of jewelry from the casings for friends and family taking elements and creating something entirely different from them.

Checking my local gun club forum, “Bear” mentioned Barnes ammunition being the BEST for mushrooming. After being unsuccessful with phone books and a small caliber, I contacted Barnes and they were pleased to send samples.

My love of bead embroidery meant cutting the mushrooms to place it on my material. While celebrating Easter with family, my brother-in-law got the hacksaw while my nephew gave me a torch. I felt like a kid with a new box of crayons turning copper into beautiful colored creations. I couldn’t wait to get home and stayed up until the wee hours and a ring was born. I received rave reviews on Facebook. Barnes was equally as excited when I shared my accomplishment with them.

The ring encouraged me to create a necklace and ideas are still flowing with the possibilities of more flower designs. The beads talk to me and I never know what the design will look like until completion, as it is a form of meditation for me.

I can be reached at