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Old 04-14-2011, 07:05 AM
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Are barnes reliable?

I am wanting to get feedback from all who use barnes bullets. How reliable is expansion. From the TSX-----TTSX-----MRX. Has anybody had them fail? Has anybody have them perform flawlessly? I would like to hear back from those with experiences, good or bad, and what they concluded. Thanks
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:12 AM
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Re: Are barnes reliable?

My 300wsm did not care for them accuracy wise, they grouped around 1 inch to 1.25 at 100yds, and also left lots of copper. I have better results with berger and accubonds. However the muzzle loader bullets are excellent, very accurate and effective on game.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:40 AM
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Re: Are barnes reliable?

Barnes TSX, TTSX, MRX are excellent very accurate and the terminal performance is secound to none.

I took an Antelope at 777 yards using the 180 grain TSX bullet from my 300 win mag and the wound channel looked the same as did the one that I took at 280 yards

I have probably seen around 100 animals taken with Barnes and I never ever saw anything but perfect performance. The bullets are extremely accurate as much so as match bullets in my experience, but they are a bit seat depth sensitive. In a good barrel copper fowling is no worse than in other jacketed bullet
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Re: Are barnes reliable?

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My 300wsm did not care for them accuracy wise, they grouped around 1 inch to 1.25 at 100yds, and also left lots of copper. I have better results with berger and accubonds. However the muzzle loader bullets are excellent, very accurate and effective on game.

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I have had about the same results .

High velocity cartriges produced mixed results on game and accuracy was not what I though
it should be. However, In the big bores (375, 416, and 458) they were very predictable and
reasonably accurate.

When they first came out I tried a lot of them and never did find a good combination and the
copper fouling was terrible. (I think they changed the alloy and fixed the problem).

This is just what I found. some others have had good luck with them.

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:19 AM
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Re: Are barnes reliable?

As stated before, Barnes bullets are fairly sensative to seating depth, in my experience they like to jump. The number one reason I see & read/hear about failures with Barnes bullets is folks using too much bullet for their particular cartridge, i.e. >160 TSX in a 7 RM which seems to induce penciling at extended ranges. Many hunters including myself have found the best results with lighter for caliber bullets @ higher muzzle velocity, that seems to be the recipe to get the TSX to perform magnificently on game.
In the last 6-8yrs I've used ONLY Barnes bullets to harvest everything I've hunted, why? Because I get ~1/2moa (5 shots) accuracy, & as long a I do my part from behind the rifle I KNOW the Barnes bullets will do their job from the other end.

The most definite accuracy load so far is with my M700 SA/LH chambered in 7.82 Lazzeroni Patriot & the 150 grn TSX at a nominal velocity of 3200fps (sd & es were both <10fps which is why I stopped there). This load produces consistant 1/2 moa accuracy (furthest I've target shot is 967yds which was just over 1moa 10shot string w/ one called flyer) .

I've taken Whitetail, Mule deer & antelope in good numbers, I cannot recall a single time where more than one round was needed (as long as I did my part)I've now moved on to the 168TTSX.... yup, you've guessed it, I suffer from tinkeritis.

Just my experience only, a VERY high percentage of the gents I hunt with use & absolutely love Barnes bullets, we aren't the long range precision crowd (not all of us), honestly most shots are <500yds, so there may be the caveat to my info... who knows?? Maybe LTLR will chime in on his long range experiences.

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Old 04-14-2011, 10:06 AM
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I reload the TSX in two of my rifles. a 7mm Rem Mag with 140 grain and 25-06 with 100 grain. They are both bad medicine!! I agree with that stated above where a lighter for caliber bullet is where they shine. the 140 for a 7mm is middle to light weight. Same with the 100 grain for the 25-06 being in the middle. I have seen several Mule deer killed with the load out of my 7mm with either me or a friend pulling the trigger and the terminal performance has been predictable and consistently good. Good wound channel and silver dollar sized exit hole. When entering the ribcage there was the X shaped hole that would be consistent with them opening up into the designated shape they were designed to.

One of the biggest things that I noticed with the barnes is that your barrel needs to be immaculately clean before you start using them. After which they tend to behave like any other bullet with similar fouling. The Barnes manual will even mention this. copper fouling from previous bullets must be gone. That being said, I had great success in terms of accuracy. The two rifles mentioned above shot the best they have ever shot with these bullets. Both well under MOA, approaching 1/2 MOA.
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Old 04-14-2011, 10:13 AM
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...One of the biggest things that I noticed with the barnes is that your barrel needs to be immaculately clean before you start using them. After which they tend to behave like any other bullet with similar fouling. The Barnes manual will even mention this. copper fouling from previous bullets must be gone. That being said, I had great success in terms of accuracy. The two rifles mentioned above shot the best they have ever shot with these bullets. Both well under MOA, approaching 1/2 MOA.

^^^ Thank you! I completely forgot to mention the fouling part, CLEAN THAT RIFLE!!! I made that mistake & so did my hunting partner, BOY do they foul quick with "other" material in there. Clean it spotless BEFORE shooting Barnes & I have found the fouling to be on par with any other bullet i've shot.
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