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September 2012 Barnes Bullet-N


  • Purple Heart Ranch Gives Wounded Veterans the Opportunity to Hunt Again

  • 300 AAC BLK VOR-TX awarded Ammo Product of the Year

  • One Do-All Rifle: What You Think is the One Rifle to Have

    2012 Consumer Rebate
    Get up to $20 back on VOR-TX

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    September Special

    25% OFF
    #35714 (357 Mag 140 Gr. XPB)
    #42922 (44 Mag 225 Gr. XPB)

    25% OFF

    #42982 (44 Mag 300 Gr. Buster)
    #45135 (454 Casull 325 Gr. Buster)
    #50040 (500 S&W 400 Gr. Buster

    20% OFF
    #22443 (22 Cal 53 Gr. TSX)
    #25742 (25 Cal 100 Gr. TSX)
    #27744 (270 Cal 140 Gr. TSX)
    #28446 (7mm 160 Gr. TSX)
    #30844 (30 Cal 168 Gr. TSX)
    #33843 (338 Cal 185 Gr. TSX)

    Coni’s Corner


    -The Secret: by Rhonda Byrne


    Hello Barnes Fans!!!

    Archery hunting is in full swing here in Utah – which means we have a few less people here at work. Yes, we do have archery hunters at Barnes here as well.

    Unfortunately, I was not successful on any draws this year – but Jessica and I do have a hunt planned in Mexico for Desert Mule Deer and Coues Deer which starts the first of January in 2013. I will talk more about that in the upcoming newsletters.

    Last month we received some great news from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. The numbers of hunters in this country increased 9% between 2006 and 2011. That is music to my ears. Not only from a business standpoint, but more so from a personal standpoint as well. It is obvious we are a force to be reckoned with. We just need to all get on the bandwagon and support each other along with the politicians who are on our side and work hard to defend our right to keep and bear arms At this time in history, we cannot sit by quietly and let the outside forces dictate what we can and cannot do when it comes to firearms and hunting. Just think if everyone of the 13.7 million of us voted – what power we would have!!! Below is the great article and please share this information with others as well.

    Hunter Numbers Up 9% Between 2006 and 2011, Preliminary National Report Shows

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The number of hunters age 16 and older in the United States increased 9 percent between 2006 and 2011, reversing a previous downward trend, a preliminary report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Department of the Interior shows.
    Preliminary figures show an increase from 12.5 million hunters in 2006 to 13.7 million in 2011. Final data will be included in the upcoming USFWS 2011 National Survey Report. USFWS has conducted a national survey every five years since 1955, with the last being the 2006 National Survey, released in 2007.
    “This increase in hunters mirrors what our members are telling us — strong sales to an expanding consumer base,” said Steve Sanetti, president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. “There is increased interest in firearm ownership — from customers new to the market to existing customers looking for the newest products. Purchases are being made for the enjoyment of recreational target shooting sports — such as sporting clays, IDPA and 3-gun competitions — as well as for personal protection, and, as these figures show us, for hunting.”
    The preliminary report also shows that hunters spent an average of 21 days pursuing wild game in 2011. Additionally, the report shows that hunters spent $34 billion on trips, firearms and equipment, licenses and other items to support their hunting activities in 2011.
    The national survey is paid for by sportsmen through the use of Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid dollars. This year is significant as it is the 75th anniversary of the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act.

    We are proud that the NSSF is also a major sponsor of USA Shooting. Barnes wants to join the NSSF in congratulating the four athletes on their wins at the recent London Summer Olympic Games.

    • Gold medalist Kim Rhode, who became the first American ever to medal in five consecutive Olympic Games and who set a new Olympic record and tied a world record in women’s skeet.
    • Gold medalist Vincent Hancock, who became the first skeet shooter to win that Olympic event twice and who set two Olympic records.
    • Gold medalist Jamie Gray, who set two Olympic records in both the final and qualification rounds of women’s 50-meter, three-position rifle.
    • Bronze medalist Matt Emmons, who added to his gold and silver medal tally from previous games in the men’s 50-meter three-position rifle.

    Thanks for being a member of Club X and for using our great products. We truly do appreciate it.

    Coni Brooks


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    Locked & Loaded: Big Bear Giveaway

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    Barnes’ Tips, Tools & Techniques

    Actual Q&A from Barnes’ Consumer Services department.

    I have purchased a couple boxes of your bullets. Before I load them and test them, I have one question: what is the recommended method for measuring the proper overall cartridge length or a recommended gap between bullet and rifling?

    I have reloaded for years and years and these days use the Sinclair tool to make the measurement. I used to use the old method out of a Nosler book a couple of issues back. Some friends have tried to tell me what’s correct, but I want you to tell me how to make sure I have it right. If it is in your “Number 4” I can’t find it.


    Ron W.

    There isn’t a right or wrong method – but some are slightly more accurate than others. Basically you are just looking for a good approximate starting point. You can adjust from there.

    The Sinclair tool is an excellent choice. Coloring the bullet with a marker or smoke from a candle method works ok too, and has been used for years. Both methods should be repeated 3 or 4 times and averaged. This is due to the very gentle 1 degree angle that most chambers have as the bullet begins to engage the lands. Therefore, it’s very important to use similar force each time with the Sinclair or Hornady tool. The marker or candle smoke method requires great care when extracting the round so as not to bump the bullet and get a false reading.

    I hope this information helps. – Ty

    Customer Reply:

    Thanks very much. I discovered the “range” of measurements the hard way one time, started over, measured it twice and still got different answers. Your answer makes me feel better about my skills!

    Not sure how I resolved it, but no problem occurred! Sinclair should borrow your darned good advice and revise their instruction sheet.

    I am starting to work up a load of your 210 gr. TTSX bullets for my 338 Win Mag. When I go to the range to fire them, should I expect the first bullet out of a cold barrel to shoot differently than those shot after the barrel is warm? Should I shoot three shots rapidly or shoot one cartridge and wait for the barrel to cool before shooting another one?

    Also, I have a question on brass. If 30% of a new bag of brass is shorter than the trim length listed, should I trim them all short so they are the same length? How much accuracy will be lost if all the brass is not the same length in the neck? How do you test groups at the factory in regards to time between shots? Thanks for any help on these matters.

    Quite often, we do see the first shot from a cold barrel impact to a different point. Because of this, on a cold fouled barrel we will fire a “heater” shot just prior to shooting for accuracy. On a cold and clean barrel we will fire 3 or so rounds to both foul and heat the barrel. Normally, we don’t wait for the barrel to cool between shots but some customers report doing so as a standard practice and it can help accuracy, especially with slim barrels. However, much depends on the individual barrel. Thicker barrels don’t tend to heat as quickly so consequently, they tend to hold accuracy longer compared to a standard or slim contoured barrel. There are residual stresses in the barrel from the machining processes that distort the barrel as it heats. Allowing the barrel to cool between shots is also thought to extend barrel life and we believe there is some validity to this.

    As for the brass, we see very little difference in accuracy when some of the brass is slightly longer or shorter than others. However, if you are crimping it is important to ensure your brass is all trimmed to the same length to insure the same crimp is applied. This is really more of an issue for competitive shooters and when reloading for handgun cartridges that headspace off the mouth. I trim only when necessary (when they get too long) and am able to produce 1/2-inch 3 shot groups with a few of my hunting rifles. So you can see there is very little accuracy difference with regard to small variation in case length.

    Good Hunting!

    Ty Herring – Lead Technician, Barnes Bullets

    One Do-All Rifle:
    What You Think is the One Rifle to Have

    Last month we posted the question on our Facebook page: “If you could only pick one cartridge for all your hunting and shooting needs, what cartridge would it be and why?

    We got about as many different responses as a there are cartridges, but we thought we would highlight what some of you thought.

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    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.

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    Military Warriors Support Foundation
    and Purple Heart Ranch

    The Military Warriors Support Foundation has created a Skills 4 Life program that allows wounded military veterans the chance to once again enjoy the hobbies they loved before being injured in combat. We here at Barnes strongly support our veterans and the sacrifice they have made. Which is why we would like to share the following video highlighting the Purple Heart Ranch and it’s accomplishments.

    Success Story

    Robert Sauls

    My name is Robert Sauls and, although, I have had an Idaho Lifetime Hunting License, it still required nineteen annual applications to be awarded a Mountain Goat tag. As I was unwilling to trust to luck for second chance, I chose your 150 gr. TSX to use in my General Le May’s .300 Weatherby for this precious hunt. After being outsmarted for four days by this reclusive ruminant in the Sawtooth Mountains, on the fifth day, I took the best shot she had offered, and killed her with my first round at a thrice lasered, five hundred-eight yards.

    Thank you, Mr. Brooks, for such a precisely made bullet; this rifle will shoot a five-inch group at a measured five hundred yards off of a right rear fender of a pick-up truck. I would also like to thank my most excellent guide named, auspiciously, Nick Weatherby of Challis, Idaho for his effort and skill during this hunt; but then with such a legacy how could it be anything except successful?

    Major Robert D. Sauls II

    Weatherby Certificate of Authenticity

    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, I pulled a recipe from my mom’s arsenal. Every time I prepare this dish for my family, it takes me back to when I was young and we gathered around the dinner table at night as a family to eat and discuss the day’s events. My dad’s two great friends Wayne and Kenny Davis (from back in the early days in Colorado before Barnes Bullets was purchased) knew that when they came to Utah for an overnight visit, my mom would make this favorite dish for their supper.

    The only hog hunting to be found in Utah is with Riverbend Trophy Hunts in Corinne, located about 1 hour north of Salt Lake City. Situated along the Bear River, it provides great habitat for these feral giants. We have enjoyed taking the kids on quick day trips to hunt with Riverbend to test products, hone their shooting skills and fill the freezer with pork. Whether making this recipe with domestic or wild chops, the meat is fall-off-the-bone tender. It’s a real crowd-pleaser. -Jessica Brooks-Stevens

    Step-brothers Riley Stevens (left) and Tanner Harrison (right)
    pictured with hogs they shot in No. Utah
    450 Bushmaster 400 Grain Buster
    Riverbend Trophy Hunts

    Dutch Oven Pork Chops and Rice

    Yield: 4 servings


    4 pork chops
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    Cumin seed
    Salt & Coarse Ground Pepper
    2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
    2 (soup) cans of milk
    4 oz. can chopped green chiles
    1 cup long grain white rice
    1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese

    Preparation Instructions:

    Sprinkle both sides of pork chops with salt, pepper and cumin seed. Cook chops in dutch oven over medium heat with onions, stirring and turning chops, until browned on both sides and onions are translucent. Turn off heat, remove chops and set aside. Combine soup, milk, green chiles, rice and grated cheese in the dutch oven and mix well. Add chops back to the mixture, ensuring they are completely covered with sauce. Cover with dutch oven lid and bake at 400 degrees for 1 1/2 hours (in the oven or outside with coals on top and bottom) stirring once halfway through cooking.

    Note: you may also bake in a 9×13 baking dish sprayed with Pam and covered with foil.

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    September Club-X Prize

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    Congratulations August Club-X Prize Winner Jason Haga!

    Jason Haga was the winner of the August Club-X prize. Jason will receive a Remington Squeeg-E Universal Gun Cleaning System. Congratulations Jason.

    Jason writes:

    It was a huge surprise to see an email from Barnes Bullets saying I was the winner of the X-club monthly drawing for the Remington squeegee universal gun cleaning kit. Thanks to Barnes for a great gift! I’ve been hunting and fishing for most of my 35 years. My dad got me started in the outdoors by taking me small game hunting and shooting when I was 3. At age 5 he would take me along on deer bow hunts. We continue to hunt together to this day. I’m looking forward to passing on the tradition to my son in a few more years. I mostly hunt deer & turkey in the mountains of East TN & SW VA with the occasional small game or varmint hunt when time allows. This past fall I scored on a 7 pointer & 3 does with my Browning A-Bolt II in .25-06 Rem. using a new load that I had worked up the summer before using Barnes 100gr TSX BT bullets.

    Barnes Monthly Facebook Contest

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

    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 Wednesday, September 5th 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 Wednesday, September 5th by 7:30 am Mountain Time so be sure to get there first! Good luck.

    August Facebook Contest Winner:
    Ethan Phillips was the winner of the August Facebook contest. Ethan received a box of 30-06 Barnes VOR-TX ammunition. Congratulations Ethan, for correctly answering this particularly difficult Facebook question.

    August Question:
    In 1979, Barnes introduced a Solid constructed of a solid copper/zinc alloy designed for deep, reliable penetration on dangerous game to prevent riveting, fish-tailing and bending. This design ensured straight tracking and maximum penetration on dangerous game. Today, this bullet is known as the Banded Solid. What was the original name of this bullet? Note: the original name was not Solid.
    Super Solids

    Parting Shots

    MMA Superstar and Team Weatherby member, Chad Mendes smacked this hog with his 240 Weatherby loaded with a 85 gr. Barnes TSX.

    Team Weatherby