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Old 03-08-2009, 01:22 AM
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Barnes bullets

I have been shooting 140 grain Barnes bullets out of my 7mm RM with good success, with kills out to six hundred yards. I just bought a new gun and plan on shooting it out to 1000 yards. I was told that the Barnes were not acurate out past 800 yrds. Is this true. What if I went to a 180 grain bullet.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:38 AM
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Re: Barnes bullets

my buddy can shoot a can of grizzly with barns out to 700 yards with his 7mm RUM. idk if he has tried much further. so i would say they would still be good for longer ranges than that but i dont know for sure.
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:20 AM
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Re: Barnes bullets

This is an easy one. Try it for yourself.
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:06 PM
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Re: Barnes bullets

Thanks bob I was hoping one of you pros could tell and save me the work, guess I will have to get out there and Is there a reason nobody is using Barnes.
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Old 03-10-2009, 05:31 PM
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Re: Barnes bullets

I think only you can decide if the load meets your expectations and needs. A Barnes might work well for someone else in his gun, but not in yours. Good luck.
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Re: Barnes bullets

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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.
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:26 PM
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Thanks bob I was hoping one of you pros could tell and save me the work, guess I will have to get out there and Is there a reason nobody is using Barnes.
I have used the 180 TSX in my 300 win quite a lot and the bullet is very accurate out to 1,000 meters (as far as I have shot it) and very efftive terminal performance


I took the Doe Antelope in this picture at 777 yards with one shot and it was a DRT kill


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