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October, 2012 Barnes Bullet-N


Facebook Question: Guess The Score!

Attention California Youth Hunters: Win a Guided Hunt.

Recipe Of The Month: “What The Heck Is GORP?”

October Special

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Coni’s Corner


-The Secret: by Rhonda Byrne


Can you believe that hunting season is here? Some of you have already been hunting and sent some amazing pictures of your successes. We love getting pictures, and thanks to all of you who have sent them. We never get tired of receiving customer photos as I have mentioned many times before.

Below is a picture of a customer and his recent success. Wow – what a bull!!!  

Dave Hatch hunted with Utah based MossBack Outfitters and guide Kalan Lemon to get this tremendous bull elk in Utah’s Pahvant unit. Dave used a GunWerks rifle and a 7mm 168 gr. Barnes LRX bullet. Be sure to scroll down and read the monthly Facebook question. If you guess the correct score of this bull first, you win a free box of Barnes components or ammunition. Good luck!

This year I’ll be going to Texas for a whitetail hunt in November along with my husband, daughter and son-in-law. We will be hunting with a wounded warrior as well.  We are excited and proud to support the Military Warriors program and are so very grateful for their sacrifices for our country.

The hunt is being filmed by Trophy Hunters TV for a 2013 airing, which Barnes is a proud sponsor of.  We will let you know before this very special show airs. The series airs on the Outdoor Channel on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. EST, Friday at 1:30 P.M. EST and Saturday at 8:00 P.M. EST. 

On another note, I wanted to bring attention to a story that was recently published on Sportsman OnlineThis is an interview with Randy that was written by our good friend Niki Atcheson.  You’ll be able to learn a little more about Randy, myself, our family and of course Barnes Bullets from our younger days up to the present days.  I hope you enjoy reading it. By the way, you can read about Niki Atcheson’s interesting and inspiring experiences in our current Women’s Spotlight.
Please remember to Register And VOTE – particularly if you live in a most critical swing state.  I think you all know who I’ll be voting for!!!

We wish you great fun and success in your hunting this year.

Coni Brooks

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Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

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.

Steve W. writes:

I have a savage muzzleloader I’m trying to shoot your Spit-Fire MZ but they are tumbling. The gun is 1-24 twist. Any suggestions you can give me would be appreciated. Thank you. Steve W.

Hi Steve,

The new Savage smokeless rifles are capable of tremendous pressures because of the smokeless powders that are commonly used and recommended in these great rifles. We have tested with a few of them and found that it’s very easy to over pressure the plastic sabot if you’re not careful. Too much pressure and the skirt of the sabot will blow out causing the bullets to tumble. The 1 in 24″ barrel twist is fine for use with our product – you just need to tame the charge a bit in order to get good groups. We also found that the sabot will soften in a hot barrel, so I also recommend allowing the barrel to cool a bit between shots, 5 minutes or so should do the trick.

Thanks, Ty

Keith L. writes:

My friend and I were testing some Barnes bullets the other day with a Ruger M77 30 06, we shot 50 yards into a drum of water, 50 yards into wet newspaper, and 50 yards into water jugs. All three methods produced the same result. The 30 06 180 grain Barnes tipped bullets would only open 3/4 of the way. Weight retention was excellent and they went further than the Core Lokt, and the Federals that we also tried. Do you have any idea why they will not fully open? I have seen other videos on you tube and they are opening with the same tests. Would a 168 grain open fully due to increased fps?
Thanks, Keith L.

Hi Keith,

This is a great question and we appreciate you allowing us to explain.

Every bullet has a window at which they will expand. The .308 cal bullets are subject to a wide variety of 30 caliber cartridges and consequent velocities, ranging from cartridges such as the 300 Savage – 180gr bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 2400fps, to the ominous 30-378 Weatherby – 180gr bullet with a muzzle velocity of about 3300fps. We design a bullet to work well within these ranges. We also take into account the slower impact velocity down range and come up with a happy medium.

The all copper X Bullet designs have been touted as the “smart bullet”. You see, penetration is the key to success – your bullet needs to reach the vitals and sometimes it’s necessary to go through a heavy shoulder bone in order to do that. A bullet that expands too much for its impact velocity will have too large of a frontal area – causing a short and fat wound channel and may not reach the vitals. On the other hand a bullet that doesn’t expand enough at a higher impact velocity will create a long and skinny wound channel and may not impart the shock and energy needed to damage the vital organs. The X style bullets are “smart” in this regard. The higher the impact, the greater the bullet diameter – thereby allowing the perfect mix between expansion and penetration at a variety of impact velocities.

In this case, the 30-06 velocity isn’t sufficient to make the 180gr TTSX fully expand. Stepping to the lighter 168gr versions will increase the velocity and allow for greater expansion as you suggest.

Wishing you all the best this hunt season, Ty

Barnes Awards

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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.

Click Below to Read the Deer Hunter Online Issue of AR Guns & Hunting

Attention: California Youth Hunters

Enter a chance to win one of 15 fully guided deer or hog hunts on the famous Tejon Ranch.
Click below to download the entry form and see complete rules

Success Story

At the SCI show, I introduced myself to Coni and Randy Brooks so that I could tell them about my hunt. On 11/6/10 I took a Shiras Moose in southern British Columbia with my hand loaded 210 grain TTSX Barnes bullet in 338 Win Mag. The bull moose came to a call from about 800 yards away and I took him with an off-hand shot at 125 yards. My rifle loves these bullets and they go where I point them. Coni told me to send a photo and I said, “yes, I ought to do that.” Coni said “not ought to, you’re going to” – so here it is. Thanks for your help, I love your product.

- Roger Ashton

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.

It has many names: Granola, Trail Mix, Schmogle, GORP (Good Ol’ Raw Protein). There are probably hundreds of thousands of recipes out there for this ideal snack food. We keep plenty of it around, particularly during hunting season. It is lightweight, easy to pack and an excellent source of energy. The quick energy boost comes from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and granola, while the nuts provide sustained energy.

The trick for me has been to find a super-healthy, no white sugar or processed ingredients version that is tasty and the family enjoys. Well, this one is a favorite above the sugary, chocolate versions. Use this recipe to make granola breakfast cereal and granola bars. –Jessica Brooks-Stevens


Yield: 3 Pounds

  • 3 1/2 cups rolled oats (if you want to make bars, use steel cut oats so it will stick together better)
  • 1 cup raw sliced almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashew pieces (or walnuts or pecans)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (see instructions below)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raisins or craisins (dried cranberries)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Also need – parchment paper

Preparation Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a zip lock bag (if making cereal or trail mix). Store in air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  7. Shredded Coconut Instructions:

    • Puncture the eyes of the coconut to drain juice and break shell in half
    • Warm coconut in oven for 15 minutes at 375 degrees
    • Peel or pry off outer husk
    • Peel lighter shell (if you want)
    • Rinse coconut off
    • Break into smaller pieces and blend in food processer
    • Store in fridge or roast in oven and store in container at room temperature

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    Congratulations September Club-X Prize Winner Roy Kossman!

    Roy Kossman was the winner of the September Club-X prize. Roy received a Remington Sportsman Gift Box. Congratulations Jason.

    Roy writes:

    I don’t “win” anything … this was a real shock and surprise!!… I have been hunting since I was 12 years old, love whitetails, muleys, black bears and elk. We go every year for elk and love the mountains, but I would really love a big ol’muley some time, I’ve seen them, but not with a tag in my pocket… the black bear I took (see picture below) a couple weeks back here in Wisconsin , and the 8 point was last year here in Wisconsin also… Barnes Bullets are out in front…keep up the great work and thank you very much!!!


    Roy with the black bear he took this year and his 2011 whitetail. Both were taken in Wisconsin.

    Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

    October Question:
    In this month’s Coni’s Corner (see above) Coni posted a picture of Dave Hatch’s bull elk. What was the score of this magnificent bull?
    *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 Thursday, October 4th 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 Thursday, October 4th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

    September Facebook Contest Winner:
    Congratulations to Tom Pike for being the first to answer the September Facebook question correctly.

    September Question:
    How many total rounds will be fired to complete the shooting of the load data for Barnes’ Reloading Manual #5?

    Parting Shot

    Early morning sunrise on the 1000 yard range at the North Springs Shooting Range near Price, Utah. Barnes Sponsored the 2012 Utah State Sniper Shoot hosted by North Springs Shooting Range and gave away a Remington rifle and several boxes of Match Burners Match Bullets.