Barnes Varmint Grenade Bullets

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Lead-free Varmint Grenade bullets feature a highly frangible, copper-tin composite core. Remain intact at ultrahigh velocities, yet fragment explosively on impact. They virtually vaporize ground squirrels and prairie dogs, while leaving valuable coyote and bobcat pelts intact. Sniper-like accuracy for dependable long-range kills.


  • Frangible core reduces the chance of ricochets
  • Great extended-range accuracy
  • Devastating fragmentation on impact
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very accurate

Having to switch to lead-free a few years ago, I needed to work up new loads for medium-range ground squirrels in 4 different .223's and a .243. I use the 50's in the .223. I found that getting these to shoot well in each rifle took a lot of experimenting with different powders (no two rifles liked the same load). Tac and Reloader 7 are the best two in my .223 rifles - having tried 12 different powders over the past few years. Start with Barnes recommendations - if that doesn't work - THEN try something else. All guns shoot these in 5-shot groups under 1/2" at 100 yards. These are Krieger and Shilen barreled A/R's, a factory Remington 700 Varmint and a factory Ruger .243 Varmint bolt gun. Whacking ground squirrels from 400 to 475 yards with these is routine in low wind conditions. Past that, their larger size-to-weight ratio as compared to lead core bullets seems to hamper their performance beyond that range making for very difficult shooting compared to lead.
spotncritters at Cabelas on 10/04/2013

Barnes .224 VG, 50 gr.

Lead and ricochet free are compelling points but be forewarned that you may have to experiment to get the best accuracy. At maximum velocities, I had bad results in a 1/9 twist .223 Rem. bolt rifle of proven accuracy, but when I backed off 150 fps, the groups were excellent.. This is in contrast to the conventional lead core bullets I tried wherein anything I stuffed down the barrel would group. Just for fun, I'm now going to try a different powder. If you have trouble, call Barnes. Their customer service people are very helpful.
Petroglyph at Cabelas on 05/04/2013

50 gr Varmint Grenade

The most twist dependent projectile I've loaded. In a side by side comparison with a 1:12 twist bolt action and a 1:9 twist bolt action at 100 yds, The 1:12 twist wasn't even hitting the 2x2 ft. box the target was on. With the 1:9 twist ...1 MOA easily over a moderate load of IMR4895. If you don't have a fast twist, these could be an exercise in frustration. 1:10 OR FASTER !
gasoueagle at Cabelas on 05/03/2013

OK replacement for lead

Before the lead ban in CA, I uses Calhoon Double Hollow Points for ground squirrels. They were impressive. Now I settle for the Varmint Grenade which are good but not great. Accuracy from my rifle suffered.
HWIL at Cabelas on 02/12/2013