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October 2010 Barnes Bullet-N

Randy Brooks Message:  

You’ve all heard the saying, “time flies when you’re having fun”. Well, October has come upon us, and we are right in the thick of hunting season here in Utah and across the country. Some of this year’s hunting seasons are already a thing of the past and others are yet to come. This is always an exciting time of year for me. Of course, I enjoy hunting and the camaraderie of being in the outdoors with friends and family, but I enjoy the opportunity to hear and read about your hunting adventures and seeing the photos of your trophies. It does my heart good to hear about the young son or daughter who shot their first deer while hunting with their father, or when I read about the hunter who just filled a tag with the trophy of their dreams that they have been pursuing for several years. It is a remarkable thing for all of us to be able to participate in wildlife conservation while spending time in the great outdoors.

This hunting season I have been blown away by the quality of game that has been taken thus far by some of our valued Barnes customers. Here are a few that I thought you would enjoy.

This is the second known animal taken with Barnes VOR-TX ammunition. This nice Wyoming bull fell to a 225-grain TTSX VOR-TX cartridge in a .338 Win Mag. Hunter, Gary Steelberg, stated in his email “Barnes did the job for me…shoulder shot, 155 yards, he took one step and was down.”

Gustavo Arvelo killed this 196 6/8” typical Utah monster mulie with a .270 WSM and a 110-grain TTSX bullet. Gustavo said it was a “single shot to the heart from 400 yards. . . . what a bullet, everybody was impressed, he didn’t even move 15 yards.”

Denny Austad’s magnificent 390+” bull is an awesome site. Denny took this Utah bull on public land with his .300 Austad II cartridge loaded with a 168-grain TTSX bullet.

This is a great photo! You can tell just by Mark and Megan Stenstrom’s smiles that this was a moment never to be forgotten. This trophy is the result of many days of practice at the range and from Mark teaching his daughter, Megan, the sound advice of “up the leg, behind the shoulder, BANG”. Megan took this whitetail deer with her Model 77 Youth chambered in .243 Win with an 85 grain TSX bullet at 100 yards, heart shot.

Utah resident, Ron Alder, used his .300 RUM to take this large bull elk. His hand loaded rounds included the 180-grain TSX bullets loaded by Mike Carlson of St. Anthony, ID who is another valued customer here at Barnes. Ron shot this bull at 150 yards and dropped it in its tracks!

Well, I hope these photos have inspired you as much as they have me. I appreciate all of you who have sent in your photos and stories for us to enjoy. Coni and I are gearing up for her deer hunt that is coming up the end of October here in Utah. She has a prized Vernon tag; we’ve got our work cut out for us so she is sure to “bring home the bacon!” . . . . well the venison, but you know what I mean.

Good Hunting,


Welcome to October!

The weather here in Utah has been more like July with temperatures in the high 80’s and even reached in the 90’s several times. Hopefully it will cool down soon or we might be wearing bathing suits to hunt mule deer in October. My Mule deer hunt starts October 23rd. I’m quite excited and hopefully I can connect on that one special deer to add to my collection of great trophies. In order to get a good Mule deer it usually requires lots of work but I’m up for it and ready to do whatever it takes to find the right one.

On another important and serious note –

Wolves continue to destroy game herds from Montana to Minnesota. The issue of delisting the wolves is not working out well in the political arena even after hundreds of thousands of dollars has been spent toward the effort. Every hunter must get involved in this fight. Please visit and sign up to keep informed on this issue.

Sportsmen, it is the challenge of our generation. If you are not ready to jump into the fight, your hunting days are numbered. Wolves breed exponentially, and herds are disappearing at an alarming rate. We can win this fight, we just can’t do it with 10% of the hunters being involved. I encourage you to get serious and help put this issue to bed. Please read the quote below published in 1994:

I predict that you are going to have major impacts from wolves in this state…I predict major elk decline…wolves repeatedly depress moose, caribou and elk populations. While studying them throughout Canada…I’ve watched herd after herd [of caribou] go EXTINCT across Canada…The problem, wolves have no predators to keep them in balance with the ecosystem.”

—— Tom Bergerud, 1994
Top British Columbia wolf expert

Hunters are conservationist, lovers of the outdoors and wildlife which is what the anti-hunters can’t seem to comprehend. Thanks to hunters, wildlife survive and thrive due to the millions of dollars hunters give back each and every year. Without those dollars, wildlife as we know it today will only be a dream for the generations yet to come. That is something I don’t want to see happen.

We appreciate the great support of all of our customers. We hope that you have a great hunting season this year. Don’t forget to use the Barnes rebate promotion to help you save some money on your bullet purchases. Also, remember that Barnes VOR-TX ammunition is available now for those who aren’t reloaders or who just don’t have time to reload. VOR-TX is offered in all of the common calibers so there should be no excuses to not use Barnes products on your next hunt.

Good luck and happy hunting!!!


Barnes’ Tips, Tools, and Techniques

So you’ve finally got that new AR and all the accessories to go with it. These guns are really fun to shoot, but are they as much fun to clean? Some people dread cleaning a semi-auto rifle. While they definitely take a little longer to shine up than their bolt action counterparts, cleaning an AR-type rifle is not that big of an ordeal.

This is one instance that I would definitely recommend reading the owner’s manual that came with your rifle. It will give specific instructions on how to disassemble and reassemble these rifles with detailed cleaning procedures. This section is not intended to be a replacement for the manual, but by using some of the following tips and tools, you will be up and running in no time. Let’s get started!

We always recommend using some type of bore guide when cleaning. Not only does it protect the chamber, it helps keep solvents in the barrel and out of the action. The guide I prefer has the same lugs as the bolt so it locks tightly in the chamber. Another tool that helps here is a set of barrel vise jaws. This vise will hold the barrel tightly while you are scrubbing, and by placing the barrel at a slight angle, you can direct oils and solvents out of the muzzle and into the garbage can. Separating the upper and lower receiver when cleaning the barrel will help keep it simple.


After you get the bore clean and dry, it is a good idea to use a long pipe cleaner to dry out the gas tube. I like to use a barrel extension swab to clean the barrel extension/locking lug area. This area is hard to get to but these handy swabs make it easy.


Let’s move on to the bolt. Again, follow the owner’s manual for complete instructions on cleaning the bolt and carrier. One particular trouble spot is the shoulder at the back of the bolt (see picture below). Carbon fouling builds up here and can be very hard to remove. Often times, a scraper is needed to remove this fouling. After scraping this away, use a quality solvent and cleaning brush to remove the remaining carbon.

Now it’s time to put it back together. Be sure to use a quality gun oil on all wear surfaces. If you have trouble getting the bolt carrier back into the rifle, make sure that the bolt is in the unlocked (forward) position. All of the tools mentioned here can be purchased from DPMS.

Good luck to everyone this hunting season.

Ryan Keele, Consumer Service

Success Story

Ron Davies

Ron Davies took this impressive 50″ goat high in the majestic Uinta mountains located in Utah earlier this year. He used the Barnes 30 caliber 180 grain TSX in his Remington 700 300 RUM to get the job done. At 497 yards, this is the longest shot he has ever attempted. It was a one shot kill, he was very impressed at the shock value the TSX delivered on this goat.

Recipe of the Month

Dutch Oven Rabbit

-1 rabbit quartered

-1 cup celery cut on a bias

-1 medium onion, diced

-2 cloves garlic, chopped fine

-1/2 cup dry red wine

-3 tbsp. Olive oil

-Salt & pepper

-1 cup chicken stock

-1 tsp. dried oregano

-1/4 tsp. dried marjoram

-1/2 cup heavy cream

-2 tbsp. chopped parsley

Rinse rabbit well and pat dry.
In a heavy dutch oven, brown the rabbit pieces in olive oil for 10 minutes.
Make sure to turn after 5 minutes to brown evenly.
Remove rabbit.
Add celery, onion and garlic and cook until tender.
Add red wine, chicken stock, oregano, garlic and marjoram.
Return the rabbit to the dutch oven.
Reduce heat; cover and simmer about 45 minutes or until rabbit pieces are tender (test by piercing with a fork).
Turn rabbit once during cooking.
Transfer rabbit and vegetables to a platter and keep warm.
Reserve 3/4 cup of the pan juices and return it to the dutch oven.
Add the heavy cream and stir until the cream thickens slightly.
Pour the thickened cream sauce over the rabbit.
Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve.

Serve with egg noddles.

Barnes News


Congratulations Club-X Prize Winner!

David Johnson

Being a member sure has its privileges, I’m sure glad I joined Club-X!

I can easily describe myself. I am a lifelong sportsman, hunter and competitive shooter. I took up reloading about 20 years ago and have been using Barnes Bullets for more than half that time. The photo above is my prize record book Sable taken with a Barnes Triple-Shock in 338 just this past June in Zimbabwe. Both accurate and extremely dependable is how I would describe my experience with Barnes bullets. Now I’m off to Wyoming for a bull Bison hunt….. and you guessed it….. 375 H&H and 300 Grain Barnes Triple-Shocks are all I will carry.

Thanks again to the people at Barnes.

-Dave J.

David is the winner of the Remington’s Sportsman™ Series F.A.S.T.® (Fixed) knife featured in the September newsletter.

Prize for November

Remington’s Fast Snap™ 2.0 Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun Cleaning Kits

Fast Snap™ 2.0 – Pistol/Revolver Cleaning System.
Fast Snap™ 2.0 – Rifle Cleaning System

Fast Snap™ 2.0 – Shotgun Cleaning System

Compact, convenient go-anywhere kits contain everything needed to clean a rifle, shotgun, or handgun and keep it in pristine condition. Each kit includes a non-scratch, plastic-coated, cleaning cable with a comfortable, easy-to-grasp Fast Snap T-handle, a 1 oz. bottle of Rem Oil, and an assortment of bronze brushes, bore mops, patch loops, and patches. An easy-to-use bore light with interchangeable straight and 90 necks projects bright, white light for easy inspection of bores, chambers, and other hard-to-see areas. Durable hard-sided, canvas lined case with foam interior and separate slot for each component keeps everything organized. Small enough to fit in your range bag or backpack. Kits available for rifles, shotguns, and pistols/revolvers. SPECS: All kits include: Rem Oil – 1 oz. (30mL). Bore light – Polymer, straight and 90 degree lenses. 37/8″ (9.8cm) OAL, 11/16″ (1.7cm) dia. housing, ” (6.4mm) dia. lens. Includes AAA battery. Case – Canvas, hard-sided. 6 ” (16.5cm) long, 4 ” (11.4cm) wide, 2 ” (6.3cm) high. Rifle includes: 32″ (81cm) (.22 cal. and up) and 26″ (66cm) (.17 cal.) cleaning cables; (3) brass patch loops; .17, .22, .25, .270, .30, .375, .45 caliber bronze bore brushes; .22 and .30 caliber bore mops; (25) each 11/8″ (3cm), 1 ” (3.8cm), 2″ (5cm) square cleaning patches. Shotgun kit includes 39″ (99cm) cleaning cable; (2) brass patch loops; .410, 20 ga. & 12 ga. bronze bore brushes; .410, 20 ga. & 12 ga. cotton bore mops; (75) 2″ x 2″ cleaning patches. Handgun kit includes: 12″ (30cm) & 24″ (61cm) cleaning cables; (2) brass patch loops; .22, .357/9mm, .40, .45 caliber bronze bore brushes; .22, .357/9mm, .40 & .45 caliber cotton bore mops; (25) each 11/8″, 1 “, 2″ square cleaning patches; revolver cylinder cleaning adapter.

All three of these kits are included in the giveaway!

For more information visit Remington’s site.

Parting Shots

Gregg Sloan, Special Projects team member in the Barnes Ballistics Lab, took this impressive 6×7 bull elk in a limited entry unit located in central Utah. He used a Weatherby rifle chambered in 300 Win Mag with a 180 grain TTSX.

Nice job Gregg!

Try your hand at guessing the gross score of this nice bull to win a prize. We will be posting this announcement on our Facebook page on Monday, October 18th by 6:30 am Mountain Time. The first correct guess, or the closest guess by 4:00 pm Mountain Time on October 18th wins a free box of VOR-TX Ammunition or Barnes bullets of their choice.

John O’Higgins of San Antonio, Texas took this magnificent bull with his 300 Win Mag and the new Barnes VOR-TX premium ammunition. He is quite satisfied with his trophy and feels that he is a blessed man to get to go elk hunting, much less get to actually harvest one! The Barnes VOR-TX ammunition performed perfectly for him and he guarantees it will be used in his other rifles.

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