November 2011 Barnes Bullet-N
|Randy Brooks Message:|
I recently heard my daughter, Jessica, tell her oldest son, Taylor, after coming home without a deer following a tough day on the mountain “Son, that’s why they call it hunting, not killing.” Ain’t that the truth?!
Hunting is a personal and individual experience for each of us. We hunt for a variety of reasons, based on our own needs and preferences. Some of us do it for the outing and camaraderie with family and friends. Some enjoy the meat, or even require it to help with the grocery bill. Others crave the challenge and hard work involved. Some hunt only for the trophy. And there are those who do it for all of the above. I fit into most of these categories.
Hunting is an important tradition in our immediate and extended family. I personally enjoy everything from the R&D of a new bullet, to entering into a special draw area and scouting for a trophy animal. Recently, I acquired a tag in a trophy mule deer area located in eastern Utah. In the state of Utah, we have a CWMU (Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit) program that allows ranchers to partner with the Fish & Game to manage the wildlife populations on their property. CWMUs have been a great success in Utah as 10% of the CWMU tags go to public hunters, allowing them to hunt a premier deer unit with no landowner fees. They only pay the regular license fees.
The ranch I hunted is 12,000 acres. The owners are managing for trophy mule deer. They have been very successful with their plans and have produced a number of trophy-class bucks, some scoring over that coveted 200-inch mark. It was really exciting to see several good 4×4 muley bucks in the three-year old range. In another two to three years, these deer will have grown to become super bucks.
Unfortunately, my hunt was cut short do to an illness with one of my family members. I didn’t end up firing a shot, but I will have the thought in my mind of what a great experience it was to see a working cattle ranch involved in a successful program with the Fish & Game and the public. The end result will be a stronger, healthier deer population.
Here’s to everyone having a memorable hunting season this year.
As I have mentioned, my elk hunt begins this year on November 12th in south-central Utah. The last time I hunted this part of the state was in the mid-90s for mountain lion and I came home with a dandy! There wasn’t an elk around. Today, some of the biggest bulls in the country are taken from a unit not far from where I’ll be hunting. I have in my mind what I am looking for and to be truthful, I know it won’t be an easy bill to fill but my hopes are high.
I’ll be shooting VOR-TX ammunition in my custom 300 Winchester Mag built by Kerry O’Day’s great company MG Arms. This rifle is equipped with a 3.5×10 Mark 4 LR/T Leupold scope. This rifle really shoots well and I’m confident that when the opportunity presents itself – I am coming home with a trophy bull.
I want to be sure you know that during the month of November we are offering excellent buys on a few selected components. We are calling it “The Gobbler Special”. I have included a copy of the special in this bullet-n. There are some great savings to be had and I hope you’ll take the opportunity to purchase these products for amazing savings. Share this offer with your buddies or buy extra for Christmas gifts. No, they are not being discontinued so no need to worry about that.
Also don’t forget about the Get Caught in the VOR-TX Contest. By submitting a story and a photo of your hunt or shooting experience with VOR-TX Ammunition, you will have a chance to win a guided Utah Mountain Lion hunt with Wade Lemon Hunting as 1st prize, a Dakota Model 10 single-shot rifle as 2nd prize, or a DPMS Prairie Panther rifle for the 3rd prize winner.
Randy Brooks will accompany the 1st prize winner on the Mountain Lion hunt which will take place not far from the Barnes Bullets factory in May of 2012. Believe me, hunting lions in the west is super exciting and a lot of fun, so put your heart and passion into your submission for the chance to win this or one of the other two great prizes! Details about the contest and contest rules can be found by clicking on this link.
I hope you have a safe, wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and wish you success in your hunting adventures wherever they may be. Keep in mind that we love to receive pictures and stories about your hunts so please send them our way to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Continuing with the virtual tour of the Barnes Bullets manufacturing facility, we’ll be focusing on the beginning stages of three basic bullet designs and the equipment that makes them.
The first and most popular big game bullet design that Barnes offers is the TSX bullet. These all copper bullets start by drawing and cutting solid copper wire into slugs. The material is first drawn down to the correct diameter and then cut to the proper weight on a large industrial shear press. Great care is taken to ensure the most consistent weight possible is achieved. They are checked frequently and on a regular basis.
In the following video, copper wire is sized (occurs in the first black box on the green machine) and then travels over a series of rollers to the cutting station.
The second basic bullet design is the very popular and explosive Varmint Grenade bullet. The core for these bullets (identical to the MPG bullet) is made from a very fine copper and tin powder. The powders are mixed in a very specific formula and fed via the hopper into the Fetta press. This machine then feeds the powder into a chamber where it is compressed into a solid core that can be put into a copper jacket. We’ll cover the jacket step in the next newsletter – more on the press itself. This is an amazing and very expensive machine that is capable of making a tremendous amount of cores. Fully tooled and set at a reasonable speed, it could make upwards of 90,000 cores per hour!
In the video, the powdered metal is fed into the machine on the left. It’s difficult to see, but there is a bottom punch that corresponds to each top punch and the two punches come together to press or form the core.
Finally we have lead cores that are used in the production of Barnes Originals and new Match Burners. The soft lead is melted into 16 inch long by 2 ½ inch round ingots. The ingots are then fed into a large steel tube and hydraulically forced through a cone at about 3500psi. This extrusion process makes the lead wire to the correct diameter. The lead wire is then fed into a cutter that chops it into the correct weight. After cutting, the lead cores are sorted and again fed into the bullet presses. I’ll cover that area in next month’s newsletter as well.
Note the lead ingot being put in first.
A special thanks goes to all the great employees in those areas we’ve presented, and to Kari Cook for getting the video for this month’s newsletter.
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.
Allison Catena, 14, from Warrenton, Oregon harvested this once in a lifetime Oregon goat with a .308 loaded with a 150-gr TSX BT. The goat dropped in its tracks. Allison took the shot at about 115 yards – one shot, one kill! Congratulations Allison on such a nice trophy!
1 – Lbs. venison tenderloin
1 – Lbs. sliced smoked bacon
12 – Oz. jar of sliced jalapenos
½ – Lbs. cream cheese
1 – Tsp. garlic salt
1 – Tsp. onion salt
1 – Tsp. Season-All
2 – Tsp. Worchestershire Sauce
Toothpicks(soaked in water)
Cut venison tenderloin into 1” cubes. Mix venison, garlic salt, onion salt, season all, and worchestershire sauce thoroughly in a bowl. Cut bacon slices in half. Lay a bacon slice flat on the counter and place one venison cube, a slice of jalapeno, and 1 tsp of cream cheese on top of an end. Roll tightly and secure ingredients with a toothpick through the center. Repeat until you run out of meat. Cook wraps on a charcoal or gas grill at medium temperature, turning occasionally, until the bacon begins getting crispy. Enjoy while relaxing and watching the Barnes “Performance vs. Deformance” DVD, which you can order for free by clicking here.
Robert enjoys cowboy action shooting, trout fishing, but most of all, bear hunting. Robert uses his trusty Model 94 Winchester in 38-55 WIN loaded with a 255-gr Barnes Original bullet. The bear pictured above is a 405 lbs. bear that Robert took at 80 yards on a dead run. One shot and he folded like a $2.00 suite case!
Thank you for being a member of Club-X. Robert won a Barnes Bullets apparel package!
Barnes is pleased to announce that we now have a new line of Barnes Bullets apparel! For the October prize we will be giving away a package that includes a stylish Barnes hoodie, Barnes t-shirt, a Barnes camo ball cap, as well as a Barnes Beanie. So no matter the weather, you can be comfortable in your Barnes Bullets attire.
For more information on this prize, please click here.
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.
Correctly guess which machine in the Barnes Machine Shop uses electricity to cut the dies used on the bullet production presses. (Hint: the answer can be found in a previous newsletter.)
Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes Components. The posting may begin on or after Wednesday, November 9th 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 Wednesday, November 9th by 7:00 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.
Congratulations to Brandon Miller for guessing the correct answer on the contest featured in last months newsletter!
Just thought I would share this with you. I shot some of the VOR-TX Ammunition out of my 300 WSM, and couldn’t be more impressed! My previous groups with factory ammo ranged from 1”-1.50”. My first 3 shots with the VOR-TX ammo resulted in a group just under .50”. I can’t wait to see how it will perform this fall on the hunts!
Little Jack Tesch, a future Barnes Bullets fan! He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially baseball, as well as going to check cameras and scouting for deer with his dad.