[Guest Post] Antelope hunt in Wyoming

[ I am pleased to present this guest post written by Ed Friedman. Ed is the Associate Editor at the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated magazine and blogs at Tell Me Why?. ]

First off, thanks to Steve for letting me guest blog. It’s an honor to be here.

I just got back from an antelope hunt in Wyoming with Barnes, Weatherby and Zeiss (the best perk of working for an NRA publication). Weatherby supplied a very nice shooting Vanguard in .257 Wby. and ammo topped with 80-grain Barnes Tipped TSX bullets. As you might imagine, these lead-free projectiles simply scream out of the barrel-with a muzzle velocity of 3,870 fps.

Photo Credit: Kyle Wintersteen of the NRA’s American Hunter.

Fortunately, Wyoming is overflowing with pronghorn, and finding one was not a problem. We also had a guide who knew how to judge wind, though he wasn’t 100 percent certain how the little 80-grain bullet would handle the roughly 25 mph gusting winds accompanying the lovely sleety snow falling as we came up on my goat. I ended up holding about 2 feet behind the vitals to compensate for the wind. At 230 yards with a .257 Wby., I didn’t need to worry about bullet drop. A single shot dropped the antelope, though the wind pushed the TTSX bullet to the critter’s neck. Still, it was about as humane a kill as possible-essentially koshering the animal.

We couldn’t find the bullet, which obviously passed through the animal, what with its solid-copper construction and a velocity of more than 3,000 fps at 230 yards, but I’d say it performed as advertised. The TTSX is hyper-accurate and even a lightweight model can do a ton of damage when you push it so darn fast.

We spent the next day of the hunt shooting prairie dogs to see if the TTSX would have a chance to expand in tiny varmints. I don’t recommend trying this with .257 Wby. simply because it’s on the expensive side, but when the ammo is free, knock yourself out. The velocity causes the TTSX to expand even in prairie dogs, which vaporized into a fine red mist to the delight of all spectators.

With the growing restrictions on lead ammo, Barnes has a bunch of all-copper bullets that perform as well or better than traditional lead. They tend to be a bit pricey, but the accuracy and terminal performance make them well worth the cost.

Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


  • Antelope hunting in that part of the world is on my things-to-do-before-I-die list.

    Ed, do you know what model Vanguard you were shooting?

  • Ed

    It’s a fun time, speed goat hunting…

    I was using the Vanguard Sporter with the standard magazine (not the drop magazine). A really nice rifle at a reasonable price. Very accurate.

    A shameless plug: I’ll be writing up the interesting Zeiss scope on GunsAndHunting in the near future.

  • RoccoTaco

    Whats that rifle Kyle is holding in that pic?

    • RoccoTaco, thats Ed in the photo. Kyle took the photo. (See Ed’s comment regarding the rifle).

  • Kyle,

    I’ve got to ask if you’ve heard H. Paul Payne’s (Wayne’s assistant here in CA) talk about Barnes and the CA ban on lead ammunition. After hearing Paul talk about Barnes and the lead ban here in CA I am surprised to see an NRA publication pimping a Barnes product.

  • Pathfinder

    Where in Wyoming?

  • James G

    turning prairie dogs into a red mist is always fun.

  • I have owned several Weatherby rifles. My .270wby, in the accu mark, is my go to gun. Weatherby ammo is expensive, but hand-loading brings the cost back in line. With the advent of the new short mags out there, The Weatherby mags are no longer king of the hill. I have not tried of these new calibers/cartridges. The deer, elk, antelope, and coyotes, don’t know the difference. Good post!