SHOT Show: Barnes Bullets New VOR-TX Ammunition for 2019

Barnes Bullets Vor-Tx Ammuntion

Dan Z for TTAG

Randy Brooks built Barnes Bullets on the back of his idea for the first all-copper hunting round, the X-Bullet back in 1985. Barnes has been innovating ever since. And when Barnes was acquired by Remington, they rolled out their first ammunition products.

Here’s Mike Painter, Senior Product Manager, to tell us about some of Barnes latest additions to their excellent VOR-TX line of ammunition.


  1. avatar jwm says:

    I hunt in CA. No lead allowed for hunting. Copper bullets are the way to go. They’re pricier, but they work. I practice with the leaded type and hunt with the unleaded.

    1. avatar Mark says:

      How is this enforced? Just curious.

      1. avatar Geoff "Bring the EDIT button back, will ya, TTAG?" PR says:

        The California ‘Gun Police’, of course!

        (Drat. I fucked up. I gave them the idea, and now they actually are gonna do it…)

        1. avatar Geoff "Bring the EDIT button back, will ya, TTAG?" PR says:

          You may think I’m kidding on that, but there’s a grain of truth to that. I have sarcastically suggested here in TTAG that a careless driving conviction would be made grounds for making someone a prohibited person, and holy shit, someone in Florida actually is proposing that as part of a new gun control push.

          The enemy reads TTAG, people…

        2. avatar JD says:

          🤦‍♂️ And you think I’m the narcissist! Lmao!

        3. avatar Geoff "Bring the EDIT button back, will ya, TTAG?" PR says:

          I don’t think you’re narcissist, son.

          You *prove* it, nearly every time you open your yap.

          Like now… 😉

      2. avatar Junior says:

        “All ammunition in a hunter’s possession may be inspected by wildlife officers. In some cases, if a wildlife officer suspects a hunter is in possession of lead ammunition and cannot prove otherwise in the field, he or she may seize a cartridge or bullet for further analysis. Hunters are encouraged to assist in confirming compliance by retaining ammunition boxes or other packaging.”
        per CA Fish and Game FAQ

      3. avatar jwm says:

        Very polite, very professional folks with badges and guns inspect your weapons and ammo in the field. I hunt public lands. Not every hunt, but often enough that I don’t risk breaking the rules a law enforcement team shows up. Most fines start at 700 bucks and go up from there.

  2. avatar Scott C says:

    Barnes are some very good projectiles, I use them for almost all my reloads. Yes they’re expensive but as the saying goes: “You get what you pay for”

  3. avatar possum says:

    Less impact on the environment, more pressure per payload, more pricey, always good to be more pricey. I haven’t shot a duck( legally, Fu) since they went to steel shot. Leads better

  4. avatar David says:

    Part of the reason anti-hunting and animal rights groups like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) push lead free bullets is not because it’s better for the environment (even though that’s the reason they give) but because it makes it more expensive to hunt! They use the same tactic to make it more and more difficult and expensive to own animals as well as to use animal products as food — like they’ve done with eggs!

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