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  1. jon86

    jon86 Member

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    I notice that some companies, buffalo bore included, use barnes bullets in their products. Is the barnes bullet acceptable for self defense? I can't find any tests showing how it performs. Any info would be appreciated.
     
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    Youtube man. Yes they appear to work great. Do a search on the ammo though, not the bullets themselves. Like Cor-Bon DPX or another one that uses the bullets. It brings up a lot more results.
     
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    Here is a video of a test I ran in the diminutive 380 caliber with the barnes, compared to critical defense ... both through only gel, and gel/bone. These rounds seem to act as a broadhead by slicing through flesh/bone rather than crushing it. The last shot was the 140 grain version out of a little 2" snub nose 357...phenominal bone crushing penetration, even out of a 2" pipe.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l6vrb4Z-Lk
     
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    It's not that they aren't great, the main downside is, they are expensive. I always cheer for them because they are local, and I handload a lot of their rifle bullets, but they are steep.
     
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    I have no expereince with them in handguns, but like them in rifles. Yes, they are expensive. But they are not intended for shooting hundreds of rounds plinking at the range.

    They cost me about 60 cents per bullet to reload them in my rifles vs about 25-30 cents for the cheaper bullets. If they do work better then an extra 30 cents per bullet seems like pretty cheap insurance.
     
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    I really like Barnes SD bullets. I have run some of my own tests, nothing formal really, but Barnes always performs very well. But I have a lot of favor with Gold Dots also, and they cost a heck of a lot less. But if choosing between Barnes and any other SD bullet, cost not a factor, I wouldn't hesitate to run them for SD.

    GS
     
  8. MICHAEL T

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    DPX in all my carry guns I trust the copper bullet
     
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    They may be copper and expensive but they are deadly. In many tests they perform better than any FMJ at light barrier penetration such as car doors and even angled glass.

    problems often happen when re-loaders cannot get them with the proper speed out of their barrels, coppers needs a longer jump to the rifling lands, they need more speed because the are lighter than lead, reloading can be a can of worms because you cannot use traditional lead bullet load data and Barnes is very conservative with their load data.
     
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    Last year I was ripping along on I-15 headed south in Utah and glaced over as the Barnes logo caught my eye. "Oh hell, there's the Barnes plant!" I would have stopped in if I had time, but I was traveling for work so I couldn't. I was on a strict schedule.

    Do they sell ammo or bullets out of their factory front? I would guess not. I would really like to take a tour also, but I'm guessing they don't do that either unless it is a sizable group and scheduled. Single individules would be disruptive.
     
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    Although I usually prefer heavy-for-caliber JHPs, I've started carrying ammo using Barnes bullets. They seem to "up-caliber" performance about a half-step IME.
     
  12. BlindJustice

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    Most .45 ACP SD ammo using the Barnes XPB bullets are 185 gr.

    The .45 225 gr. Barnes XPB is too long for the ACP case O.A.L.
    and it crowds the case capacity. I've got some .45 Auto Rim
    with the 225 gr. Barnes XPB - from R.A. R. no volocity stated
    but it has the most recoil for my S&W 625 so I oughta chrono
    em. just to know

    R-
     
  13. General Geoff

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    Monolithic solid copper bullets are probably the best you can buy for self/home defense. They are, unfortunately, also the most expensive.

    Anyone here have any experience with casting copper? :)
     
  14. orionengnr

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    Assuming you are talking handguns:
    Acceptable...no.
    Exceptional...yes.

    Do a search for "DPX". Loaded by CorBon using the all-copper Barnes X-bullet...for quite some time now.
    Plenty of reviews, plenty of evidence.
     
  15. BlindJustice

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    CorBon DPX uses the 160 gr. & 185 gr. Barnes XPB bullets

    I have a S&W 625 HD/SD load, is .45 Auto Rim w/225 gr. Barnes XPB
    ( the 225 gr. Barnes is too long for .45 ACP ) I should chrono the load
    It's as stout a recoil as any +P load I've fired in the 625.

    R-
     
  16. Takem406

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    I carry them in my 23C. After years of hunting with them especially in my 22-250 for deer, I love em!

    In God and Glock we Trust
     
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    Yes......I would use them if the cost were down, but really.......with Barnes you get what you pay for.
     
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    I was interested in using an M1 Carbine for deer hunting, and I keep two handy for home defense, so I researched ammo. Found out about these.....

    Cor-BonDPX30carbine.png

    Of course, I'm sure these are next to impossible to find, so I called Barnes about just buying the bullets. Turns out the bullets are NOT a catalog item, and are not available through retail sources, they only manufacture them for Cor-Bon. But, they've had so many requests for them, they decided to do an over-run of them so they could satisfy some of the requests. So, I bought a box of 50 and loaded 'em up over 15gr. of H110, nice and hot. Haven't gotten a chance to use any on deer, but my HD carbines have 5 in the top of the magazines, with 110 gr. softpoints underneath.

    But yes, the bullets are pricey! Box of 50 was close to $45 with shipping, so they're not for plinking. Barnes p/n is 30800.
     
  19. Water-Man

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    The Cor-Bon DPX Barnes 110gr.+P is what I carry in my Ruger LCR .38spl.
     
  20. Nalgi

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    lets put it this way; they used Barnes bullets to off Bin Laden
     
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    How do you know that? Seems like that would be some hard info to find. Not doubting you, just curious.
     
  22. ottsixx

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    yipper the barrnes bullets will make a very useful self defence bullet
     
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