Barnes has introduced their new Barnes Buster line of bullets designed specifically for hog, moose, bison and bear hunting.Â The Buster bullets are “heavy-for-caliber” handgun and lever gun bullets that are designed to penetrate these notoriously tough animals.
The Buster line of bullets use a heavy lead core with a thick copper jacket for “minimal expansion, deep penetration and maximum weight retention.”Â The bullets will track straight through dense muscle and heavy bone.Â Barnes reported that using a T/C Encore, a .45-70 drove straight through a bison, which was anchored on the spot.
The bullets will be available for .44, .45, and .500 magnum revolvers and .45-70 rifles.Â The .45-70 bullets (.458” @ 400 grains) are available at the Barnes site now.Â The handgun bullets should be available sometime during the middle of the year. Â The bullets are designed for deep penetration, especially on potentially dangerous game like bear. Â The loads would also be good for other tough critters like feral hogs and the like. Â I would expect that these rounds would do quite well against all of the feral hogs that we have here in the south eastern United States. Â We seem to be overrun by the darn things.
In this video (below), Barnes describes the construction and uses for the Buster line of bullets. Â The company also includes a copious amount of great hunting video showing these bullets in action on bear, hog and other large game.
In this video, Barnes shows a CAD drawing of the bullets, and how they operate when loaded and fired from a rifle.
This YouTube user uploaded a penetration video on a Barnes Buster bullet he loaded for his .444 Marlin rifle. Â The bullet retained 100% of its weight after penetrating 12 water jugs and then burying itself in a block of oak. Â The bullet passed the chronograph at more than 1900 fps and the bullet weight was 300 grains. Â Pretty impressive stuff.