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Randy Brooks’ First Ballistician

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Coni’s Corner


-The Secret: by Rhonda Byrne


November is a very important month for our country.  The elections on November 6th will decide this country’s future; it may well be the most important election of our lifetime.

As you all know, I am a Romney fan and supporter.  I feel strong about his plan to put America on track and I know it can be done with him leading the country. Please click on this link to read Romney press release of October 15th 2012 on the Sportsman for Romney Coalition.

Our Second Amendment rights are in jeopardy under the current administration.  There are many plans in the works right now to destroy our Second Amendment rights. Just recently I read that a top official in Chicago is trying to impose a tax of .05 cents on every bullet sold in the Cook County area and a $25 charge for each firearm sold in the county.  They say the money generated will be used for various county services including medical care for gunshot victims.  This law would apply to 40 federally licensed gun dealers in the county.  

Perwinkle, the woman behind the bill, insists the ordinance is far more about addressing gun violence than raising money for a county that faces a deficit of more than $100 million next year. She says they think that it’s an appropriate thing to do, especially in the light of the gun violence we struggle to deal with in our criminal justice system and our public health system, and that the legal gun shops in suburban Cook County are a conduit for crimes in Chicago.

“This is not going to address gun violence” said Richard Pearson, the executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, “and would do nothing but harm local businesses and law-abiding citizens.”  The gun shop owners agree and say people will just take their business elsewhere. This is just one small example of back door initiatives to chip away at the gun owners rights.

There are many things in this current administration that have concerned me for not only my future, but the future of those that follow behind me. The liberal media wants to paint rosy pictures of this administration and its intentions. That is something I do not understand. If the current administration gets voted back in, we will see numerous changes happen quickly and it won’t be for yours and my benefit. We all have reason for concern and I hope all gun owners will get out and vote.  There are a large number of us and we can change this election for the better.
As quoted by NRA President Wayne LaPierre’s commentary in October, 2012 which can be read on the NRA website. “We need to vote out the biggest threat to our rights in our lifetime.”  Well said Wayne.

I also need to share a bit of information about the Federal Excise Tax that I just received. These tax dollars are to be used for state fish and game agencies to provide for hunting and fishing programs across the country. These funds could be in jeopardy. Please click on the link below to find out about this threat.

My oldest granddaughter, Alex, just turned 18 years old on October 23rd and I am so excited and so very proud that she will have the opportunity to vote in this important election.  It is the people of her generation that I am really concerned about and I hope for their sake, they will inherit a country where they can live comfortably and be free.

My youngest daughter Chandra Patey and my oldest granddaughter Alex Patey at the early voting polls. Alex just turned 18 on October 23rd. This is her first time at the polls and we were all very excited that she is able to take part in this important election.

On another note, I wanted to pay a short tribute to someone I really admired.
On August 30th a tragic airplane accident occurred in Nephi, Utah where the life of my youngest daughter’s brother-in-law, Rob Lamb, was taken.  He was a great man and a more than great family man.  He always thought of others, and his family was the most important thing to him in the world.  He was married to an amazing lady, Kristen, and they have five wonderful children.  He loved aviation, hunting and numerous other things.  He lived on this earth a short 45 years.

This has left a large void in the lives of his family and friends.  It is hard to understand why such good people are taken away from us but I can say one thing about Rob, he gave all that he could give to his family and friends and others around him.  When he left this world I don’t think he would have said that he wished he would have done more or done it differently.

I hope this is how all of us strive to live our lives.  Living life to the fullest, thinking of others and living each day like it may be our last while still planning for tomorrow.

May we all be blessed with the election of a great leader to our nation’s highest ranking office this year.

Coni Brooks

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Randy’s First Ballistician:
Eric Pedersen

21 years ago I had the good fortune of being hired by Randy Brooks as the first ever Ballistician for Barnes Bullets. My main task was to shoot, write, acquire and compile all the information and load data needed for our first reloading book. Coinciding with that project, Randy had just bought the Apex Barrel Company with the intention of building custom rifles and barrels, and since there was an accuracy guarantee with each of those rifles, it fell upon me to work up loads and shoot each and every one. For those of you who know Randy, it is an understatement to say he can enthusiastically sell product. I don’t know how many hundreds of rifles he sold, but over the next few years it would not be an exaggeration to say that I worked up loads for over 400 rifles. Then add in the thousands of loads worked on for the first and second volumes of reloading books and I have to ponder at what was truly a once in a lifetime experience, one that taught me much about rifles, bullets, loading and shooting. We redesigned many of the X bullets of the day, had a good run setting world records with one of our 50 BMG target bullet designs, developed the MZ muzzleloader bullets as well as the all copper XPB pistol bullets. I’m pretty sure that by 1997 when I moved on to other things, I had sent more X-Bullets downrange than any human ever had up to that point. Even to this day I am a certified bullet geek. My desk drawer is full of expanded bullets pulled out of game that I or friends have shot. It has gotten so bad, that my friends automatically tell their guides to try to find and save the bullets when skinning animals because they know that the first questions I will ask them is “what bullet did you use? Did you find it? What does it look like? Tell me what happened with the wound channel “ and on and on… Bullet performance is a big deal to me.

I was thinking about all this as I called Jessica this last June to discuss an upcoming safari that I had booked in South Africa for the following August. My timing is often flawlessly bad; I had already booked one safari prior to Zimbabwe and as we were preparing for the hunt, Zim had one of their social collapses (our PH called us about 2 months before we were to depart and said that while we could still come, he was on the next plane to the UK since there was no gas, no milk and few groceries) and another safari was booked right before the Tanzanian Government doubled the concession fees, which in essence put the cost of the safari out of reach for me. So, having booked and cancelled 2 hunts to Africa prior to this, I was excited to finally be able to get over there.

While having reloaded tons (maybe literally tons) of Barnes Bullets in the past, I had never shot any of the Barnes Vortex Ammunition and was contemplating trying some as Jessica made it an easy decision for me by offering to send me a couple of boxes for my .338 Win Mag.

A couple of shots to dial the scope in, and then 3 shots for group and I was simply amazed. I have been in the Ammo industry for 21 years now and rarely had I had it this easy to get a gun ready. My first 3 shot group was .485”! I shot more that day and continued to be amazed at the accuracy of the ammunition. It was at that moment that I realized that Barnes had really taken their products to a whole new level from where we were while I was there, you know, when I thought I knew it all. I later asked Jessica what they had figured out and knew now that I was still in the dark about regarding the design of the bullets.

Having booked my hunt with Blaauwkrantz Safaris, I was hoping to include East Cape Kudu, Cape Bushbuck, Warthog, various small antelope, a Blesbuck, and a Mountain Reedbuck into the mix. If the situation was right I also wanted to consider a Nyala and/or an Eland. Due to the nature of the climate and vegetation of the Eastern Cape, the animals of the region have capes that are exceptionally colored and prized for their thick hair and then on top of that Blaauwkrantz was supposed to have some of the biggest East Cape Greater Kudu in the world. I was very anxious to start my first African Safari and it goes without saying that having the right bullet and ammunition was of the highest priority for me.

Eventually it was time for the trip and I left for the Denver Airport on July 30, 2012 bound for Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I arrived on the 1st of August with just enough time before dark to quickly shoot the gun and verify that it was still ok after the long flights. That night at the lodge I met up with my hunting partner Ron Nilsson and some other hunters in the camp who had arrived prior to me. We dined on a meal of Kudu steaks and local vegetables while I listened to the newly formed stories that the other hunters had just made that very day. The Rudman family which owns Blaauwkrantz, along with the other PHs made a tradition of all joining us for dinner each night. So needless to say it was a fascinating time right from the start.

I can’t say that I made every shot that I pulled the trigger on, but I will say that the ammunition and particularly the bullet never let me down. I never had to shoot an animal more than one time nor did we have to track any of my animals. I confess to having had a couple of clean misses and trust me on this; if you go to Africa, practice shooting off of shooting sticks BEFORE you go. I now know that the Tipped Triple Shock bullet is a work of art. Our PH François mentioned that he handloads TTSX bullets for his own .300 Win Short Mag because he had been so impressed over the years. To hear a PH talk about and be impressed with this bullet, after he had seen so many animals taken with every conceivable bullet, really is a testament to the quality of the product. For me, the bullet expanded and penetrated perfectly with every strike.

I was fortunate to take 8 really nice animals in my 7 days of hunting. I might be the weak link in the chain of my hunting and shooting, but the Barnes Vortex Ammunition certainly is not. After years of thinking about all that we accomplished while I was at Barnes, I have to take my hat off to them now as they have most certainly raised the bar far over my head and are making some world class products.

The only real drag to this whole deal is that not one bullet was recovered for my desk drawer collection… Complete success on every animal from the 40 lb Duiker to the 600 lb Kudu. I guess it is worth that trade off.

Eric Pedersen
Cascade, CO

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Q&A October 2012

Following with the format we have taken over the last few months, we’ll be answering a few questions from our great customers this month.

Cody H writes:
I’ve been reloading .308 Win for my bolt gun for a couple years now with very good results. I recently purchased an AR platform in .308 Win and want to start reloading for it also. What I’m unsure about is if I should crimp your TTSX bullets? I saw in the FAQ where y’all do not recommend a crimp or only very light crimp for anything under .375. I’m assuming that is for bolt guns. But since I will be reloading for an AR, I’m still scratching my head a little. I’ve read a few forums and they just don’t help. Some say yes, some say no. Both give good arguments for their side. SO…

1) Is the TTSX bullet actually set up for crimping? (I don’t actually think it is.)
2) Have y’all done any testing on crimp vs. non-crimp loads in 308 AR platforms? If so, what results/variances in velocity and accuracy?
3) Have y’all noticed any bullet slippage on non-crimped rounds due to the forceful bolt closure of a 308 AR?

I plan on using my AR for point blank to about 600 yard target shooting and up to about 400 yards hunting. I believe y’alls bullet will give me the performance I want for that platform.

Thanks in advance,

Cody Henderson

Hi Cody,

These are very good questions.

Typically we don’t recommend crimping in bolt action or single shot rifles. If bullets aren’t moving under recoil – there is virtually no need to crimp. One exception to this rule is crimping to achieve good neck tension. We do recommend crimping with our 110gr and 130gr TSX and TTSX bullets due to the very short shank on these bullets. The result is better accuracy.

Roll crimp is dependent on the case length, and since there is typically variation in case length, we see this affect consistency and subsequent accuracy negatively. If you must roll crimp, we suggest trimming your cases to the same length.

In a semi-automatic rifle where bullets are being slammed into the chamber, they can impact the top of the chamber – pushing them deeper into the case. They can also grow in length as they come to an abrupt stop in the chamber from the inertia. We see this quite a bit in the AR rifles chambered in 450 Bushmaster where no crimp can be applied, but is also occurs in other AR chamberings, including the 308 Win cartridge and 5.56 Nato. In semi-auto rifles we suggest a Lee Factory crimp die when possible. This is a collet style die that squeezes the case neck to create crimp – much like a taper crimp for some pistol cartridges, except the Lee die does roll the lip of the case into the crimp groove. And, it is not as critical with regard to case length.

We have placed the top groove of the TTSX and TSX bullets for crimping in most circumstances. You’ll find our loaded ammunition seated to about the middle of this groove and crimped. Testing shows good consistency with this method and accuracy suffers very little overall. In some cases accuracy was actually improved slightly! So the answer for you is yes – seat and crimp in the top groove provided.

I’m wishing you the best this hunt season – and don’t forget to send in those photos!

Thanks, Ty

Josh writes:
I shoot a 7mm Rem Mag and I’m wanting to shoot a reduced load for whitetail deer. The velocity would have to be sufficient to open the bullet out to about 200 yards at the longest range. Do you have any data for a load with reduced recoil. I have 150 gr. TSX boattail.


Hi Josh,
Reduced loads can be dangerous if the proper powders and guidelines are not followed. The Hodgdon website shows a couple of different powders suitable for reduced loads. The Trail Boss loads reduce the velocity too severely to make a good hunting load and get bullets to expand at all. H4895 is the alternative, however, no data using the H4895 with the heavier bullets can be found. This said, Hodgdon does list 120gr bullets and gives examples of charges. They are as follows:
7mm Rem Mag, Winchester Cases, and WLR primer.
120 GR. HDY SSP – COAL 3.230″ – Charge 41.2gr – Velocity 2609 32,200 CUP
I’d suggest our 120gr TSX or TTSX bullet using the 120gr HDY SSP information. With a muzzle velocity of 2600fps you can expect an impact velocity of about 2100fps at 200yds for good bullet expansion. For more detailed information concerning reduced loads you can visit the Hodgdon site at

Happy hunting!


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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.

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Kelly’s First Deer

Kelly Caraway, with the help of her father, Darrik, took her first deer this year on the youth-only weekend in Kentucky. Kelly used an 80 Gr. TTSX fired from a Remington 700 chambered in 6×45 built especially for her.
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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.

This month’s recipe was submitted by Ed Mazzeo, Regional Sales Rep for Remington. Ed happens to be not only a huge Barnes fan, but apparently he is a (closet) gourmet chef as well. He claims that while this recipe is wonderful with dove, it is also great on duck breasts. You simply adjust the time a bit to ensure a good medium rare.

Dove with Golden Raisins & Port Wine Reduction

  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dry port wine
  • 1 teaspoon frozen pearl onions
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tsp butter
  • bundle of thyme
  • dove breast (6-12)

Preparation Instructions:
  1. Soak half a cup of golden raisins in a teacup with about half a cup of beautifully dry port wine “do this about 4-6 hours early minimum. on the counter cover with plastic and let them plump.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  3. If you have frozen pearl onions (and you should) thaw them. Note: do not get the ones made for martinis in jars near the cocktail section they taste like vinegar and do not get the dry ones near the garlic in the store they are dry tasteless and aren’t peeled.
  4. In a large cast iron pot give a generous swirl of olive oil and bring heat up to high yes I said high so we have to work fast!
  5. Add a teaspoon of minced garlic and onions to oil and 2 separate tsp of butter to the pan. Place breasts skin side down rib meat side up into hot pan (generally, I do 6 birds 12 breasts at once.)
    Flip after 6-8 minutes, allow to cook for an additional 6 min (generally I do not move onions as to fully caramelize them in the garlic butter and oooh!)
  6. Pour raisins and port into hot pan. Add a bundle of thyme and move pan to preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove pan from heat. Place breasts on plates, then put pan with juices back on stove top and high heat and stir with metal spatula to loosen up the “fond” (those juicy caramelized bits stuck to pan.)
  8. Reduce by a third and drizzle over dove breasts. Place a few onions and raisins on each plate and a fresh sprig of thyme for garnish.
  9. Suggested Side Dishes:

      Asparagus: I simply trim off woody end and place in baking dish. Add olive oil, minced garlic and cracked pepper. Toss around to coat and place on grill for 12 minutes, moving occasionally to prevent blackening.
      Grilled White Corn: Leave husk intact and rub with salted sweet cream butter, coarse salt and white pepper. Wrap them back in their husk and place on grill 10-12 minutes. Turn and cook another 10-12 minutes on high heat. Then I using a bread knife to remove the kernels from the cob and plate with asparagus and dove breast. It is a nice presentation of little food, small kernel white corn, pearl onion and baby asparagus. All small in size but big in taste.

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    Congratulations October Club-X Prize Winner David Harcrow!

    David Harcrow was the winner of the September Club-X prize. David received a Remington Delrin R-143 Knife and a box of Barnes VOR-TX in 30-06 150gr. Congratulations David.

    David writes:

    Wow! what a pleasant surprise I found a new message in my e-box today from Barnes saying that I was selected for the October Club-X Newsletter prize – A most handsome Remington Derlin Stag Series R-143 Knife and a box of Barnes VOR-TX ammunition, which I will put all to good use this hunting season.
    My Dad introduced me to hunting & fishing when I was 8 years old; that was 45 years ago. We hunted on what is now a Federal National Wildlife Refuge in the bottoms of south Arkansas on the Saline River, I had thousands of acres to roam and run free as a boy, I’m so glad that my Dad took the time to take me hunting! I like to this day to fish, hunt deer,squirrel, & hogs! Thank You so much Barnes for the gifts!


    Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

    November Question:
    Guess the score! The closest guess to the score of the buck taken by Amberlee Worwood with a 308 130 Gr. TTSX will be the winner of the Barnes November Facebook question. See Amberlee’s buck in the picture below

    *one guess per person

    Guess the right answer and win a free box of Barnes VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes Components by posting your answer on our Facebook page. Posting may begin on or after Monday, November 5th at 8:00 am and will be accepted until 12:00pm Mountain Time. Posts made before and after that time will not be accepted.

    We will be posting this announcement on the Barnes Facebook page on or after Monday, 5th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

    October Facebook Contest Winner:
    Congratulations to Johnny R. Baker for submitting the closest guess for the October Facebook question.

    October Question:
    In this month’s (October) Coni’s Corner, Coni posted a picture of Dave Hatch’s bull elk. What was the score of this magnificent bull?
    Johnny’s Guess 392 3/8″

    Parting Shot

    Bill Wilson of Wilson Combat and his wife Joyce on a recent trip to the Longfellow Ranch in Southwest Texas.

    Our Elk hunt at the Longfellow Ranch in SW TX was a great success. The ranch was AWESOME, all 380,000+ acres of it!!!! They have a Elk herd of over 1000 animals, all free ranging with no high fences. Everything about the Longfellow ranch is 1st class, lodging, food, guides, hunting vehicles, game quantity and quality.

    Bill with his trophy and management bull. Bill used a Wilson Combat Recon 14.7″ .458 SOCOM, equipped with a Whisper Suppressor, Leupold VX-R 3-9×50 and a Barnes 300 Gr. TAC TX bullet.
    Joyce with her trophy and management bull. Joyce used a Sako 85 .30-06 equipped with a Bushnell 2.5-10×40, and shot a Barnes 180 Gr. TTSX