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Hey guys, I tried out the fairly new Barnes 45-70, 300 grain XFN bullet yesterday. Finally, the weather cooperated long enough for me to trudge through the snow (I beat the freezing rain by about one and a half hours) and set things up. Accuracy was superb. At 50 yards, ALL three shot groups touched holes except on one target. One shot out of that three was about a finger (1/2 inch) away from the rest. I think I flinched a bit. I also shot into a bundle of old magazines which was about a foot thick. Both bullets stopped just ONE magazine short of going clear through. I had them bundled with duct tape, from all directions, and after the second shot, the bundle was blown apart and a real mess to carry to the big trash can.... here are the pictures and I am impressed. Copper fouling, as can be the case with Barnes X bullets was significant, however, it cleaned out completely with Barnes CR-10 cleaner WITHOUT any brushing. Just using patches did the job and dissolved it completely... Here are the pictures of the recovered rounds: The bullet on the left shed one petal and retained 97.0% of it's weight. The bullet on the right retained 99.8% of it's original weight. Both bullets are 300 grains...

 

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Good job! Nice photos. The 45/70, kinda hard to improve on that one...
 

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IronKnees,

The Barnes X Bullet is the ONLY bullet that I use on hogs. This year I shot one in particular with a .300 Win. Mag. and PMC 180 grain Barnes-X. The pig was about 250 pounds and about 50 yards away. Even though it was down at the first shot, I shot it 2 more times just to make sure. Believe it or not, I did recover 1 bullet and it mushroomed perfectly.

As for the Barnes cleaner, I use it also and it does a FANTASTIC job. Just make sure that you don't let the barrel soak for more than 10 minutes because it can cause problems.

Welcome to the Barnes X club for hogs! :D

Zachary
 

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Yup... been using them ever since they first came out. In 1995 I took a nice boar at Tellico Junction with a .308 XBT at 2400 fps with my .30-06. Here is it's pic... I like Butches Bore Shine a little better than CR-10, but I use both, and both are great products... BTW, didn't recover the bullet from this one...
 

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Iron Knees,

Is there any particular reason why you like the Butch's product over the Barnes cleaner? Just curious.

Zachary
 

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Well... that's kind of hard to quantify. I just think it works a little faster and takes a bit less work...
 

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When I finish using up the Barnes cleaner I guess that I'll give the other one a try. Thanks for the info. :grin:

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Well, don't get me wrong, both are outstanding products well worth their own merrits. I just think the Butches Bore Shine is easier and faster... :eek:
 

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Any field results yet?

IronKnees,

Any field results yet on the use of this bullet on boar? I'm going on a boar hunt in a few weeks and was planning on using a 300 gr Hornady HP in my 45-70 (Encore pistol). This is a load I word up for deer and have stepped up the powder a bit for the boar. Seams to work on paper and expands good through 1 1/2 wood, not sure about penetration though. But I've been reading your posts and am thinking of maybe trying the Barnes you talked about, if I have time to work up a load I've got to get one finished for my back-up first.
 

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Ullr.
I wish I had better news for you, but the hunt that GB and I were going to do in mid April has been temporarily postponed... I do intend to use this bullet sometime this summer, but it will be a while yet. I had a medical problem pop up, and GB has some logistic problems to get around, so the hunt has been put back a while... However, I have every confidence in the Barnes XBT bullet and am really looking forward to using it...
 

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Dave I have rescheduled for this fall. Date not yet determined. Maybe we can still get together for it. If not I'll probably just take Faye and let her kill one.

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pig ammo

has anyone tried the 310 gr. hammerhead hardcast 44 load from garrett cartridges. Am thinking of using this load in my SBH. Understand this load penetrates more than a 375 HH in wet newsprint
 
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