November 2006 Barnes Bullet-n
I’ve just returned from hunting in Tanzania, where I was accompanied by John Zent, editorial director of NRA publications. I’ve shot many Cape buffalo in a lifetime of hunting. This time I was looking for a real monster that could be made into a full body mount. John was hunting buffalo, too.
We both carried rifles from custom gunmaker Charlie Sisk. Mine was chambered for .375 H&H cartridges loaded with 270-grain Triple-Shocks. John used a .416 Remington with 400-grain Triple-Shock handloads. We were both pleased and surprised at how incredibly accurate the two rifles were. My Sisk rifle shot as good as I could hold, regularly printing three-shot ½ inch groups at 100 yards. That’s rare performance from a .375 rifle firing full-house hunting loads.
Even more astonishing, my rifle continued to shoot to the exact same point of aim after being disassembled to fit in my gun case, transported by airlines, then reassembled in Africa after we arrived. I’ve long used Boyt’s superb rolling duffle bag to carry my hunting gear to Africa and other far-off places. This extremely tough bag holds everything I need, and has a compartment in the bottom to accommodate an aluminum shotgun-style gun case. Broken down into two pieces, my rifle nicely fits in this case—and no one but the airline counter agent knows I have a gun in my gear. I’ve learned this is by far the most practical way to transport a rifle. I don’t worry about my rifle disappearing en route—something that concerned me when I carried my firearms in a long, hard case that practically screamed, “GUN!”
John had thoroughly tested his rifle in advance by firing more than 100 rounds at the range. It routinely punched sub-MOA groups, with some groups measuring less than ½ inch across. He said the Sisk .416 shot more accurately than a bull-barreled varmint rifle he’d brought along.
John killed a very nice buffalo with his rifle, while I passed up several opportunities to take decent trophies. I spent all my time looking for a giant bull, ignoring other animals I could have hunted. I left Africa without shooting anything—the first time in 30 trips that I went home empty-handed. This time I didn’t want just any buffalo—I was holding out for a once-in-a-lifetime trophy that failed to put in an appearance.
It was a great hunt, all the same. Elephants were everywhere, and my PH and I were charged several times by angry cows with calves. They don’t shoot females in Tanzania except in last-ditch life-or-death situations. That made those charges extra interesting, even though some cows were only bluffing.
On another note, I recently received some pictures of Colten Hughes, nine-year-old great-grandson of Dudley and Zula Coleman. He’s posing with his first antelope—a real trophy—killed with his .22-250 rifle and 53-grain Triple-Shock bullets. He shot the animal from 136 yards. The bullet destroyed the buck’s backbone, anchoring him on the spot.
“I shoot only Barnes Bullets,” Colten said, wearing a wide grin. His great-grandfather is a long-time good friend of Barnes, and we’re happy to see Colten following in his footsteps. It’s great to see young hunters getting an early start. He collected a buck any hunter would be proud of.
I’d like to encourage anyone reading this to take their sons, daughters, grandchildren—or any youngster—hunting. It’s a great outdoor experience that should be shared.
Good luck in your upcoming hunts.
For many of you, hunting season is now in full swing. I hope you’re having some real success.
We have been busy here at Barnes deciding on new products we’d like to offer in 2007.
As Club-X members, you’re among the first to know what our plans are for the coming year.
First off, we will have a new varmint bullet. It will be called the Varmint Grenade™. The following paragraph tells you why this new bullet is different than conventional varmint bullets.
Varmint Grenade™Frangible Core—Explosive Fragmentation
Created by exclusive technology Barnes developed for military applications, the new Varmint Grenade™ bullet features a highly frangible, copper-tin composite core. It remains intact at ultra-high velocities, yet fragments explosively on impact. Virtually vaporizes in ground squirrels and prairie dogs. Delivers pinpoint accuracy for dependable long-range kills. These lead-free bullets will be offered in 36-grain .22 caliber and 62-grain 6mm bullets in 100- and 250-bullet packs.
New Triple-Shock offerings will include a 150-grain .30/30 Flat Nose bullet, as well as 250- and 300-grain .45/70 Flat Nose bullets.
We will also have a new 100-grain Flat Nose .30 Carbine bullet in the X-Bullet line.
We are adding the following calibers and weights to the XPB handgun lineup: .380 ACP (80 grains), .357 Sig (125 grains), .357 Mag.(125 grains), .38 SPECIAL (110 grains), .40 S&W (140 grains),
.44 SPECIAL (200 grains).and .45 GAP (160 grains).
We are cutting bands into our entire line of solids in 2007. It has been proven that these bands make our solids shoot much more accurately. Banded Solids will be offered in .22 through .600 Nitro calibers.
We have a few more things in the works, but I’m saving them for the December Coni’s Corner.
This year has been very kind to us, and we’re looking forward to a wonderful new year in 2007. We hope the prices of copper and gas will be kinder to us all.
Thanks for your membership. Here’s wishing you luck on your upcoming hunts.
Antelope hunting is one of my personal favorites. This year I had the opportunity to join a couple of the Barnes employees along with a few guys from Federal Cartridge. I also had the rare privilege to hunt with Clair Rees and John Haviland. We hunted on the Tillard 55 Ranch in Wyoming with Casey Tillard, and had great results.
I started preparing for the hunt several weeks in advance. The 6mm Remington was the cartridge of choice and I worked up the load using the 85 grain Triple-Shock X-Bullet. You see, I wanted to dispel the myth that Barnes Bullets don’t expand well on light skinned animals. I also wanted to show you don’t have to shoot a hard-kicking magnum to dispatch big game animals cleanly.
As we sat around the dinner table discussing the hunt, the question was asked: "What are you shooting?" We all took turns telling the bullet and cartridge we were shooting.
Interesting enough, not one of us were using the same cartridge. I was the most “ under gunned” and I did this on purpose for the sake of vindication. Besides my 6mm Remington there was a 6.5×284 using the 130 grain TSX, a 270 Win using a Federal loaded 130 grain TSX, a 270 WSM again with a 130 grain TSX, and a 7mm Rem Mag using the 160 grain Federal Ammunition. A 30-06 was hand-loaded with the 165 grain TSX, and finally the largest cartridge used was a 300 WSM with the 168 grain TSX.
In the past I’ve suggested and recommended the shoulder shot for more dramatic one-shot kills. The few of us that used this technique had just that. Our animals went 3 feet… straight down. This method does damage some front shoulder meat although very little, and nothing is left to chance. You recover your trophy every time.
One of the guys from Federal Cartridge had a head on shot at just over 200yds. The bullet penetrated the entire length of the antelope breaking the rear hipbone along the way. Of course this shot also set the antelope in his tracks too. This just goes to show when a less than perfect angle is presented, you can count on superb penetration of the Barnes Triple-Shock X-Bullet.
I’ll conclude this tip with some great photos of very excited hunters and their trophies. I hope you too score well this season. Using a Barnes will give you the results you’re after.
/Carl Carter from
/Outdoor Writer Clair Rees with
Outfitter Casey Tillard
/Kris Ostman from
Mike Coleman from
Greg Christensen from
Ty Herring from
If you haven’t yet tried the Triple-Shock X-Bullets- now is the time!
I’m wishing you and yours the best this hunting season!
Tim Simonsen took this handsome 8×7 elk in September, 2006 on San Juan Elk Ridge, Utah, while hunting with outfitter Kurt Lewis. He shot the bull at 135 yards with a 210-grain .338 TSX bullet. The gross score was 414 6/8.
Bison is the scientific name for North America Plains Buffalo. Bison is the preferred term so as not to be confused with the African Cape buffalo.
Bison can sprint at speeds up to 40 mph.
Bison calves weigh only 40 to 50 lbs. at birth. The male reaches 5 or 6 feet at the shoulder and may weigh 1,500 plus. The female is smaller and lighter weight than the male by 1/4 to 1/3.
Bison do not reach their full size and weight until they are 7 to 8 years old.
A Bison’s lifespan is 15-25 years.
The Bison is a massive, ox-like, cloven-hoofed mammal. There is a large hump over the fore-shoulders. The hind-quarters are particularly slender for such a large animal. The tail is short and tufted at the end. The blackish hair over the head, neck, shoulders and forelegs is long and shaggy. A long beard is present, especially in males. From the shoulder on back, the body is covered with short, fine, brown hair. Occasionally the hair is white, gray or piebald in color. Both sexes have smooth, curving horns.
Bison are most active during the morning and evening, and extremely playful up to two years of age. Play consists of "fighting," active "games" and playful mounting. They are also very curious, inspecting, licking and sniffing newborn calves.
The Bison is the largest mammal on the North American continent.
Tim Pierson took this Bison with a .338 Winchester Magnum
Recipe of the Month
Roast Wild Turkey
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 canned chipotle chile, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 (8- to 10-pound) wild turkey, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups unsalted turkey or chicken
Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Begin preparing the turkey the night before you plan to bake it. Combine butter with the garlic and other seasonings with an electric mixer until the mixture is smooth. Loosen the turkey’s skin with your fingers, being careful not to tear it. Rub the turkey inside and out with the butter, especially under the breast skin. Place the turkey in a large plastic bag and refrigerate it overnight.
Remove the turkey from the refrigerator about 1 hour before you plan to begin baking it.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Grease the rack of a roasting pan. Transfer the turkey breast-side down to the roasting pan. Roast it in this position for 1 hour, reducing the oven temperature to 325 degrees F after the first 20 minutes.
Turn the turkey breast-side up, avoiding tearing the skin or piercing the flesh. Baste the bird with some of the stock and accumulated pan juices. Allow a total roasting time of about 13 to 15 minutes per pound, until the internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F to 160 degrees F. Continue basting every 20 to 30 minutes during the remaining roasting time. Cover the breast with a foil tent toward the end if it appears to be browning too quickly, but keep basting.
Remove the turkey from the oven, tent it with foil, and let it sit for about 20 minutes before carving it. Add any remaining stock to the drippings, scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the roasting pan, and pour the liquid into a small saucepan. Degrease the liquid. Bring it to a boil, and reduce it as needed to make a thin sauce that can be spooned over the bird like gravy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Slice the turkey thin, and serve it on a platter with the sauce. Cornbread dressing is especially good with this entree.
From the Lab
Question: Ty, I am using the 130-grain TSX in my .270 right now to hunt elk and deer. I have heard that Triple-Shock bullets are not performing at long ranges because they don’t retain enough energy to fully penetrate. Is this true, or are the articles being written just biased? Do I really need to go to the MRX bullet, and if so will this bullet shoot the same in my gun—or do I have to doctor up a new load?
Answer: Hi Monty, The energy figures haven’t changed. Energy is a calculation of bullet velocity (squared) mulitplied by the weight of the bullet divided by 450,400. The BC value is a factor at long range because it affects bullet velocity. With this said, our .277 cal 130-grain TSX at a muzzle velocity of 3,100 fps has 1,019 ft.-lbs. of energy remaining at 600 yards. Some folks use 1,000 ft.-lbs of energy as a self-imposed minimum for deer-size game.
As with all hunting bullets, I suggest you push your bullets as fast as possible within the specified pressure limits to ensure good expansion and penetration at longer ranges.
Currently we don’t offer .270-caliber MRXs. They should be available by spring, 2007 along with load recommendations.
Response: Thanks for the reply. I wonder if the MRX will perform as many ballistic tip bullets do. For instance, exploding on the surface without penetrating when striking a shoulder or other bone at 300 yards.
Answer: Monty, The MRX has an all-copper nose design very similar to that featured by Triple-Shock X-Bullets. You can expect 100 percent weight retention–not the typical explosive behavior you get with ballistic tip bullets.
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Club-X Prize Winner:
Congratulations Larry von Moos!
Larry Von Moose from Eugene, OR is the winner for the month of October.
He won the Shoulder Armor by McCoy .
I am a retired firefighter from Eugene, Oregon, and have an avid passion for hunting and fishing.
I reload Barnes Bullets exclusively for myself, my family members and friends. We have had phenomenal success with the Barnes Triple-Shock bullet. This bullet has delivered exceptional performance at the long-distance ranges presented in Eastern Oregon when we’re hunting for deer and elk. Thanks very much for making me a winner.
—Larry von Moos
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