I've been given the ultimatum...Barnes?

Discussion in 'Rifles, Bullets, Barrels & Ballistics' started by Coues22, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Coues22

    Coues22 Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    This is my first post but I've been around the site for a while. Wife says she (or the kids) will not eat anymore game meat shot with a lead bullet. I'm currently shooting a 270 wsm with a 26" hart and 150 Nosler bt at 3120. This combo crushes Coues out to as far as I can consistently shoot at those little buggers(800 +/-). I would say in our canyon country, 500 yards is a chip shot. What experience do you guys have with Barnes ttsx on lighter game at distance? Only experience I have is watching my buddy shoot a bull at 880 with his 300 rum and a 168 ttsx. The bull went about 10 yards. Maybe a new rifle (264 wm) with a lighter bullet? Any suggestions are appreciated.
  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2005
    Suggestion #1) Use those New Ballistic tip bullets, the kind that are plastic on the tip and copper all over. (I assume your wife doesn't hunt with you).

    Suggestion #2) Those Coues Deer are pretty small, I'm sure you can eat them all your self.


    ps: I hope the sarcasm/humor was apparent.
  3. KRP

    KRP Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2007
    Get rid of her or eat it all yourself. No sarcasm/humor intended.
  4. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Ultimatums are never good. I guess for me it would be quite hunting or get a new wife.:rolleyes:
  5. peashooter

    peashooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2009

    Some rifles shoot the Barnes quite well, but the BC's are down in comparison to the Sierra and Berger offerings. Cutting Edge makes monolithic copper bullets that carry much higher BC's, but the bullet is a little more costly to shoot. I cannot speak on their accuracy as I am waiting to get my 300 WSM back from the smith before I can test them.
  6. JeffP40

    JeffP40 Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2006
    Not nice
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  7. timl

    timl Well-Known Member

    Feb 11, 2006
    Wow, you guys are very helpful.
  8. permaculture

    permaculture Well-Known Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    I tested high for lead and mercury in my system.

    So, for idiot me and my idiotic family, no more shooting game with lead for us, nor vaccinations with thermerisol. All mercury teeth fillings have been removed too.

    I guess it all depends on one's priorities. The original poster's wife seems spot on to me. Regardless, insulting someone's wife due to a difference of opinion of a bullet composition is uncalled for among gentlemen.
  9. CRNA

    CRNA Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    I agree with the idea that it's ridiculous to call someone's wife an idiot unless you are standing toe to toe with him and are ready to spit teeth.

    I have no idea as to how much lead one would receive by eating an animal shot with lead core bullets.

    I know that if the consequences were too severe I would have been dead from lead poisoning a long time ago.
  10. liltank

    liltank Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    +1, I have to agree here.

    To the OP, lucky for you, there are many more offering in monolithic bullets than back when Barnes started. I would look into the Hornady GMX, and Nosler E-Tip. These are turning out to be great bullets. If you want some bullets with good BC, but stay with mono metal bullets, then GS Custom bullets and Cutting Edge bullets would be a good answer. Both are a littler more expensive than the Hornady, Nosler and Barnes, but offer some great quality. I know they both get good reviews here on this sight. Cutting Edge bullets are only about 20miles from where I live. My cousin has bought some and they are nice bullets. Well thought out and well designed.

    Take care.
  11. timmay

    timmay Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2011
    why is everyone steering away from Barnes? the ttsx is an awesome hunting bullet.
    They now have the LRX which is the same bullet with a higher BC. so get the LRX (long range hunting bullet) if you want to go long range with the Barnes, but the Hornady gmx and the nosler etip are very good as well. Id go with the LRX from Barnes for sure
  12. angus-5024

    angus-5024 Well-Known Member

    Jan 22, 2008
    ive used the 210, 225 and 250 barnes tsx and ttsx with EXTREMLY good results. very accurate and I have never had any fragmentation whatsoever. the only way I can get them to shear of those petals is to shoot them into mild steel, and then they just weld there pedals to the steel and keep truckin. I really like barnes performance wise, price wise... not so much. They also have pretty low B.C's in comparison to alot of good bullets(like its been said before). liltank has recommended some extremly good choices as well.

    Im one for terminal performance over price, and barnes perform.
  13. Coues22

    Coues22 Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Thanks for the replies. My wife is by no means an idiot. Getting a divorce would be the easy way out! I'll look into the lrx and a few of the others. I've always heard good things about the Barnes ttsx. I suppose I'll get some first hand experience.
  14. cfvickers

    cfvickers Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Hornady GMX??? Did not see mention of that one. Have not tried it but I am a hornady fan (along with Berger) so I must throw this out there.