October, 2013 Bullet-N
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|WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE EARN.
WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE.
- Winston Churchill
I’ve been dreading writing my column for this month. Why you ask? Because my leopard hunt in Tanzania is not a great thing for me to talk about. Everything and everyone was great – it is just that I missed my leopard at 45 yards!!! That is something I’m not proud to admit – but I messed up and I only have myself to blame.
During the hunt – we looked at a lot of different animals that included impala, eland, lion, Cape buffalo, Hartebeest, Wildebeest, hippo, elephant and leopard. I had John Mogle – from Hunting Illustrated TV with me. We are a sponsor for his show. Click here to see schedules for all shows Barnes sponsors. John was filming everything we saw and did. Yes, he got my miss on camera as well!!!
I took a custom 375 H&H with a 250 gr. Tipped TSX. The third day of the hunt we determined that we needed some bait as we were seeing some good leopard tracks. So, I took aim at a hartebeest and we had some bait for a leopard.
We put up bait in several places. One place we decided to hang the bait had some big male leopard tracks by a little stream in the mud. There was a great tree by the stream that was perfect to hang the bait. We hung the bait one late afternoon and came back the next morning about 9:00 A.M. to see if a leopard had found it. Much to our excitement, we could tell by the big tracks a leopard had been chewing on the bait – great news!! If this same leopard that left the tracks was coming back to the bait we knew he would be the one that I wanted to take. We decided that we would build a blind and come back that afternoon.
All of us except Willie – my professional hunter from Kilombero North Safaris – turned to walk back toward the land rover to start preparing to build the blind when the leopard launched out of the tall grass and did a mock charge at Willie!!! It stopped not too far from him then went back in the grass. It was determined that we probably bumped him off the bait when we drove up. We are sure that he quickly jumped down out of the tree to hide in the tall yellow grass – waiting for us to leave to get back on the bait. That had all of our hearts pumping!!! We quickly gave this leopard the name of “THE ATTITUDE LEOPARD.” We proceeded to build the blind then came back that afternoon about 3:00.
John, the camera man, Willie and myself got seated in the blind. There were three small holes built in the blind that pointed toward the tree where the bait was. One for me and my rifle, one for Willie to look out and one for John and his video camera. We sat there as quiet as possible waiting for something to happen when in comes the big leopard at 5:20 P.M.. He played around in the grass for a little bit – then hung out under the tree and then quickly climbed up the tree towards the bait. He reached down at the bait which was a hindquarter of the hartebeest I had shot earlier and lifted it up with his right front paw. He brought it up on the limb he was standing on like it weighed 2 lbs. His strength was something to behold and was simply mind blowing to watch. He was as big as my first leopard I shot in Zimbabwe. He looked like he would weigh 175 to 190 lbs and that is a lot for a leopard. I waited to let him eat for a few minutes – which was truly amazing to watch. I had it in my head that as soon as he stood up – I would aim to hit right behind the front shoulder. He stood up within a few minutes after chewing on the bait and I fired and he arched his back up and jumped off the tree. Without a doubt, I knew that I had hit him and that he went into the grass by the tree. I was given congratulations by John the, cameraman, my heart was thumping so hard I could hardly stand it. I knew we would find him close by but when we went into the tall yellow grass to look for him – there was no blood and no leopard!! My heart sunk and I mean really sunk. I have never had a feeling like that before. We searched for several hours until it became too dark to see. I could not understand how I could have missed such a close shot!! I just couldn’t fathom that happening to me and to this day I still don’t know what happened. I have played the shot over and over in my mind. I have tears in my eyes just writing this and my heart still aches at the thought of not coming home with that phenomenal leopard. It hurts to think about it and it hurts to talk about it.
When we got back to camp we watched the video clip of the shot. It was low and just barely grazed his underbelly and probably just took off a little hair and maybe a little skin. Watching this footage just added insult to injury that evening and I had a pit in my stomach that felt like a 50 lb rock!!!
Although I didn’t get another chance at that leopard. We set up another bait at another location where some leopard had been visiting. We built a blind there and I was prepared to get a chance at a different leopard and told myself, I won’t miss this time!!!! A leopard came into the bait one morning but unfortunately it was a female. We watched her for close to a half hour feeding on the bait and then lounging in the tree. She then jumped down out of the tree and played around under the tree and proceeded to wash her face. What a great experience that was. It is crazy how much they mimic a house cat. We have her on film as well.
In Tanzania, you cannot shoot any female animal and you cannot hunt at night – which obviously limits your time to hunt. The leopard I took in 1992 was in Zimbabwe and I shot him at night from a blind that we had built while he was feeding on some kudu bait. That was a heart pumping experience. Leopard is something I have wanted since I was a little girl and this leopard was a trophy to behold.
As I mentioned in one of my newsletters that the reason I was going back for leopard this year was because a taxidermist I had originally chosen to do a life size mount of the leopard had not properly taken care of the leopard hide and I did not know that at the time. I had that taxidermist send it to my good friend Dean Schulte of High Uintah Taxidermy in Coalville, Utah because I like his work on cats. When he received it he called me with the bad news. He said, “Coni, I know you want a life size leopard mount but that is going to be impossible. The hide that your last taxidermist sent to me is in bits and pieces.”
Again, my heart sunk and until I missed this second leopard – I have never had such a heart wrenching, sick feeling as I had when Dean told me the bad news. I have since decided that I have to do something with the hide from my first leopard, so I am going to have a vest from what is left of the hide. It seems like someone just doesn’t want me to have a leopard!!
Anyway, we are still going to do a TV show with Hunting Illustrated TV which will air next year. We have such great footage of numerous animals and of my miss hit. I think it will be good to show that not all hunting experiences turn out successfully. I will definitely let you Club X members know when it will air. It will be a great show for the whole family to watch because of the great footage we got.
I hope you all have a great and successful hunting season this year if you haven’t already and be sure to send your pictures to us. I need something to make me smile and getting pictures and hearing your stories always makes me feel good.
Your friend in hunting
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1. Is the 200gr LRX-BT essentially the same as your Barnes 200gr Flat Base? (308 dia.)
2. Given the above at 60.5gr IMR 4831 is the minimum load, for 2550 fps at the muzzle. Can you tell me when this load goes subsonic, thereby affecting accuracy? My Springfield scope has elevation gradients out to 1000yds / meters.
The 200gr LRX will essentially provide the same terminal performance on game as the 200gr TSX-FB, assuming they impact at the same velocity. Both will give complete penetration, even on large game such as elk and moose with typical broadside or slight angling shots. Some customers have reported recovering the bullets in the hind end after shooting elk head on. Both designs will expand within the first inch of penetration regardless of the animal.
As for flight characteristics and matching the trajectory to your scope, the Sierra 168gr Matchking has a Ballistic Coefficient of .447 and our 200gr TSX-FB bullet has a BC value of .423, making them a good close match at similar velocities.
The 200gr LRX has a BC value of .546 and would shoot a bit flatter at the same velocities. Using the free ballistics calculator at ShootersCalculator.com you can determine how much difference there will be under your circumstances, i.e. elevation, temperature etc. I’m going to suggest 1 inch flatter trajectory for the 200gr LRX-BT compared to the 200gr TSX-FB out to 300yds, and only 2.9 inches flatter at 400yds with all the factory presets – zeroed at 100yds, 59 degrees and at sea level.
I also show the 200gr LRX going subsonic (1116fps at sea level) between 1200yds and 1225yds.
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.
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On September 29, 2013 I won the MS State Championship 600 yard F/TR Match at Como, MS. I am shooting a model 700 Remington 5r rifle chambered in 308 Winchester that is completely stock from the factory. My rifle has a Nightforce ATACR 5x25x56 scope with Nightforce rings and base. The bullets my rifle shoots best are Barnes 175 grain Match Burners loaded with Varget powder in Lapua brass and Federal 210 Gold Medal Match Primers.
|Rodney’s Remington 700 5R Rifle|
On the day of competition it was over cast, 74 degrees, and 98% humidity with wind gusting up to 14 to 17 mph. It started sprinkling rain on and off about middle ways into the match. The rifles I shot against had trued actions with custom chambered competition barrels and bedded stocks. They also were shooting Berger bullets. We shot three strings of twenty rounds each for a possible perfect score of 200 points per string. This was a 600 yard match. The X ring is 3 inches and the 10 ring is 6 inches. I scored a 195 / 10X, first string a 195 / 8X second string, and a 196 / 2X third string for a total score of 586 / 20X to win the state championship.
I would like to thank Barnes Bullets for making such great bullets! Thank you for making them at an afordable price. The Barnes 175 grain Match Burner Bullet turned my completely stock Remington Model 700 5r 308 rifle into a winning rifle. What more could you ask for precision bullets at a great price that perform awesome!
Club-X Members are invited to share favorite recipes (preferably with photos). Send to email@example.com, and be sure to include “CLUB-X RECIPE” in the Subject line and get a Barnes hat if we use your recipe.
This month’s recipe came from Evan Yearsley with Barnes’ Quality Assurance. After much prodding and begging we were able to get him to share his guarded recipe that has satisfied many taste buds in the office.
- Cut the meat into 1/4″ slices.
- Combine soy sauce, Worchester sauce, brown sugar, salt and crushed garlic cloves into bowl.
- Marinate meat in mixture for 3-4 hours .
- Once marinated, place meat in dryer racks, apply cracked pepper to taste, then put in dryer for 8 hours.
These new Barnes accessories are hot off the press and this month’s Club-X winner will be one of the first people to get to use them. The Barnes Fall Hunter Package includes a Barnes lens cleaner to keep all of your optics clean and clear of moisture and dust, a Barnes cartridge holder that can be attached to your belt to keep all of your precious handloads or VOR-TX ammunition right where you want it and a Barnes cleaning mat to keep all patches, cleaning rods, CR-10 and oil off the coffee table while you’re making sure your rifle is ready for the season.
Dave recieved a Barnes Range Preparedness Package. This package includes a Barnes Range Bag that can be filled with whatever you may need for success, a Barnes Water Bottle so you will remember to stay hydrated, a Barnes Cold Steel Double Agent II knife and two boxes of Barnes TAC-XPD Defense Ammunition (available in 380 auto, 9mm Luger, 40 S&W and 45 Auto).
I’m a lifelong Hunter and ever since I started hand loading for my numerous handguns and rifles, in particular, my Kimber .325 WSM, Barnes has been there for me. I used to call and talk to Tech Support about load data and always feel like I’m talking to one of my best hunting friends.
I’m a Medically Retired U.S. Marine, and I hunt as often as I can with my brother, Gary, for squirrels, rabbits and deer here in Kentucky. We both started hunting about the same time on our Grandfathers’ Farm in south central Kentucky, in the 1950′s…as soon as we could convince our Grandfather and Uncle to take us along with them. They took us, and they taught us – Taught us safety, responsibility and that we were the best two rabbit dogs they ever had! We’d kick at the brush piles and fence lines to jump a rabbit or two, and maybe a covey of quail. Soon we were at it all by ourselves. The outdoors were where we truly belonged!! We explored the back pastures and woods like there was no tomorrow. Man, that was the way all kids should be able to grow into adults!
Now that Gary and I are a little more senior, we shoot more paper than critters, but come deer and squirrel season, we’re in the woods. It seems I always need a new load for my .45 or 9mm, and I’m always working up a new 8mm, or .30 cal. TTSX load. It seems the more I shoot, the more I strive for perfection and those bullets are just what the hunter ordered!!
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The X-bullet has been a game-changer since its introduction. According to the Barnes catalog, how many different bullet offerings were available when they were introduced in 1989?
A link to the submission page will be posted on the Barnes Racksbooks and Facebook pages on Thursday, October 10th on or after 8:00 am MDT. The first person to guess the exact number or the closest guess will be the winner. Answers submitted before the link is posted and not submitted by following the link will not be accepted. Good Luck!
The family: Sean Stevens, Thad Stevens, Sr., Jessica Brooks-Stevens & Thad Stevens.