Re: Barnes bullets
Originally Posted by frederick.208
Is there a reason nobody is using Barnes.
BC's are too low and too much velocity is required to open them. In other words, with the low BCs and high velocity requirments, they arent optimum 800+ yard bullets. We use bullets that will open up at 1500-1800 FPS AND hold together at 3000+. Barnes will hold up at more than 3000 FPS but will not open reliably at 1800 FPS. Plus they are expensive and it is hard to find a load that they will group (in most rifles).
As far as them not being accurate past a given yardage is not true. Every bullet has optimum velocity and twist ratios. If you violate those paramiters, you will have loads that are accurate up to a given yardage and not worth a crap past that yardage. On the flip side, you can have crappy accuracy at closer yardages and phenominal accuracy at longer yardages. You can also have excellent accuracy from 100-1000 yards as well. Figuring out these optimum zones is tricky. It takes massive amounts of experimentation with YOUR rifle and an assortment of bullets at a wide range of velocities to really figure it out.
Long range shooting is a process that ends with a result. Once you start to focus on the result (where the shot goes, how big the group is, what your buck will score, what your match score is, what place you are in...) then you loose the capacity to focus on the process.
Last edited by Michael Eichele; 03-10-2009 at 06:45 PM.