PSA: Barnes Ammunition Safety Recall–Affected Lot Numbers Listed

Phil White
by Phil White

This morning I received an email from Barnes ammunition announcing an ammunition recall that sounds more serious than usual. That said if you have any of this ammunition within the listed lot numbers call the number in the press release below and arrange for it to be returned. Above all, if you have any of the affected ammo don’t shoot it!

Product Safety Recall Notice

Do not use Barnes 300 Weatherby 180 grain TTSX VOR-TX Ammunition with Lot Numbers: Z08SA15L, Z08SB15L, Z09SA15L, Z09SB15L, Z11SB15L, Z11SC15L, Z12SA15L, Z12SB15L, Z12SC15L, Z08SA15R, Z08SB15R, Z09SA15R, Z09SB15R, Z11SB15R, Z11SC15R, Z12SA15R, Z12SB15R, Z12SC15R

Barnes Bullets, LLC determined that eighteen (18) Lots of its Barnes Bullets, LLC 300 Weatherby 180 grain TTSX VOR-TX ammunition (the “Ammunition”) packaged product may contain cartridges of a different caliber (collectively, the “Affected Product”). The eighteen (18) Lot Numbers are identified above. Firing a rifle with the incorrect caliber of ammunition may result in damage to the firearm, serious personal injury, or death.

To determine if you have Affected Product, please note the following:

If you have a case of the Ammunition, the Lot Number is stenciled on the outside of the case; and,
If you have a box of the Ammunition, the Lot Number is stamped on the inside flap of the box.

If you have Affected Product, immediately discontinue use of it and contact Barnes at the telephone number below. Barnes will arrange for the return shipment of your Affected Product and, upon receipt, will send you replacement Ammunition at no cost to you. If you are unsure whether you have Affected Product or if you have mixed boxes of ammunition, please immediately discontinue the use of the ammunition and contact Barnes Bullets, LLC at the below telephone number – we will replace this ammunition for you. For any other questions relating to the return of Affected Product, please contact the Barnes Consumer Service Department at 435-856-1115.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Phil White
Phil White

Retired police officer with 30 years of service. Firearms instructor and SRU team member. I still instruct with local agencies. My daily carry pistol is the tried and true 1911. I'm retired as associate editor since December 14th 2017. My replacement is my friend Pete M email: you can reach Pete for product reviews etc.

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  • MediumSizeTex MediumSizeTex on May 25, 2017

    Good on Barnes for stepping up and issuing an immediate recall as soon as they discovered a problem instead of waiting for something to explode and then blaming the user.

  • Serge Serge on May 30, 2017

    Maybe, Barnes should also include the TSX FN 45-70 VorTek, 300 gr. witch I had a firing malfunction just I was to shoot a nice Buck 40 yards away last November 2016...Click, was the sound it made when I pull the trigger and by the time I realize what had happen and recycle another round...Bucky was gone! Kept the imprinted Dud round from Barnes...should get at least a new box from them to compensate for this Fail.