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Barnes Varmint Grenade Bullets

July 26, 2012
Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Barnes, a name synonymous with high quality bullets, has a history dating back to the early 1930's when Fred Barnes began making hunting bullets with a soft lead core encased in copper tubing. Over the next 40 years, Fred built a business manufacturing and selling his bullets. Randi and Coni Brooks purchased the company in 1974 and continued the legacy.

The Brooks' have developed and expanded the bullet line to include a variety of quality bullets for pistols, muzzle loading and hunting applications. The Barnes Varmint Grenade is one of the most recent additions. First introduced in 36-gr. .223 and 62-gr. 6mm, the line has been expanded this year to include a 26-gr. .204 and 50-gr. .223.

The Varmint Grenade is a flat-base, hollow-cavity bullet made with a copper-tin composite core and a substantial guilding-metal jacket. This construction has many advantages for varmint and predator huntersthe core is highly frangible (reduces the chance of a ricochet), fragments explosively upon impact (improved one shot kills and seldomly exits coyote-sized predators minimizing pelt damage) and it's lead free (environmentally friendly).

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Barnes Bullets

Originally based on a design Barnes developed for military applications, the Varmint Grenade delivers sniper-like accuracy for dependable long-distance shooting. Since these bullets can be used for long range, prairie dog hunting in the mid-West, they would definitely handle the typical distances for groundhog and coyote hunting in our area.

For the shooters who do not reload .223, you're not out of luck. The Barnes 36-gr. Varmint Grenade bullets are factory loaded by Black Hills Ammunition.

For information on the complete line of Barnes bullets, check out their web site at:

First Published June 2008



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