- Sep 22, 2017
I've never had any problems with getting a good tight group with barnes bullets. And they have a reputation of being extremely accurate. Maybe you should have tried different powders. Some people are not willing to change anything thing though. So I guess you can't help that. Maybe you're rifle just didn't like them, heck I don't know. But I have yet to have a gun that didn't shoot good groups with these bullets. They have shot as good or better in my guns. I've been shooting them for the past 30 years. And yes I use other manufacturers bullets too. So it's not just that's all I've ever shot. I really like Sierra, Nosler, Hornaday, Remington, Speer, and Barnes. Each of them have a purpose when it comes to shooting some for cheap, and others for things I just want to blow up like rockchucks ect. And some for when I am serious about making a good clean kill on larger animals like elk, muley's, hogs, and on bear. I personally think they all make good bullets depending upon what you are trying to accomplish. Don't bad mouth bullets you were the loader of, it was all up to you at that point. Just is dependent on what your bullet selection is, and the target you are looking to shoot. That is all I have to say about that. And yes I've killed animals at ranges over 1000 yards.I tried the Barnes bullets probably fifteen years ago when they had been out a few years and were hyped in every hunting magazine around. Never did use them on game because I could never get them to group satisfactorily (1 3/4" is a lot tighter than I could get out of my 270, I think I finally found a load that shrunk groups to a tad under 3") Finally loaded the last of them up in reduced loads (as in book minimum) for my nine year old brother-in-law to shoot at targets a couple months ago. Tried them in my STW with similar results and while others swear by them I have never tried them again.
I thought the idea was good, and for liberal states like California that banned lead they are necessary. But between the lack of accuracy I experienced and the extra size needed to get the heavier weight bullets I never felt an urge to try them again. I have loaded them for a couple people who brought me the components and already had a load worked up they wanted me to duplicate, but I never actually shot those to see how they performed. And those people were unlikely to take 200+ yard shots anyways, so the minimum accuracy bar was a lot lower.