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Any .204 Ruger shooters out there?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Dbl Auto, Nov 23, 2012.

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  1. Dbl Auto

    Dbl Auto Active Member

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    I'm thinking about a .204 Ruger rifle for next spring. Less noise compared to the 22-250 and still shoots flat are what I have heard from some. Any experience with load data or 32gr vs 40gr?
    Thanks,
    Doug Allison
     
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    40 will fly better due to a higher BC, and will carry in the wind better.

    32 will go faster and blow things up more.

    HM
     
  3. scoutmaster

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    I shoot the 40 gr V-Max in a Ruger 1. Most .204 chambers have a some free bore and will shoot the best close or right at max velocity. Not all .204 rifles will shoot the Hornady 40gr V-max, if not they certainly will shoot the Sierra
    39 gr bullet.

    I never shot the 32 gain bullet, not my idea of a wind friendly bullet. The .204 is "Quiet" and flat shooting....what's not to like.
     
  4. claybrdr

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    The Remington barrel I had liked the 32 gr weight bullets better.
     
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    I've built 3 or 4 rifles in 20 PPC (204 Lilja barrel)using the Lapua 220 Russian brass necked to 20 cal and fireformed in a PPC chamber. The 32 Hornady V-Max bullets performed best in my 12 twist barrel but a 9 twist barrel loved the 40 gr. Velocity needs to be above 4,000 fps. It's really fun using the
    20 cal. on wood chucks and crows.
    I've also built a couple of 20 Vartarg rifles using the 221 Fireball cases and the 32 gr. bullets. They also shot the 32 gr. V-Max bullets extremly well but not with the velocity of the PPC. I'm a big fan of the 20 Cal.
     
  6. GROCERY GUY

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    What about 32 gr. nosler and 29 grains of Varget ? sounds wicked. Glenn Allison
     
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    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    204 ruger, my favorite cal period, 2nd is the 17 HMR, 25/06 is right in there with the best
     
  8. GROCERY GUY

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    cc do you reload? Glenn
     
  9. GROCERY GUY

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    I'm not stiring the stew, just want some accurate info. Looks like we will have a new caliber in the family. Glenn
     
  10. wayno

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    i've had three 204s--the best was a cooper. unbelievable for a varmint non-bench. one hole at 100 yds, if you are good enough. 32 gr better shooter, for me. but *not* "quiet".

    too much gun for my environment, however. got to stick with my little 22 hornet, cz. very, very sweet shooter.
     
  11. cubancigar2000

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    No grocery guy, I dont reload anything but shotshells anymore
     
  12. Kingranch

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    Have had a couple of Remingtons and one Cooper the .204 Ruger, but my favorites are a pair of CZ's that I have now. One a sporter (American) and the other a varminter. The 204 is a great little round, however even though I have 2 204's now, everytime I go to shoot prairie dogs I always take a 20 vartarg. As Burtona stated earlier, the 20 PPC, or the 20 BR as well, are good choices but those choices depend on the amount of time and patience you have to give to them, as they are a little more work and are at their best with the heavier bullets. The vartarg is a little less work and not as finicky in my experience. But, you certainly wont be disappointed in a 204. It really comes down to what you are going to do with the rifle and how much money, time and effort you are willing to commit. BE WARNED the 20 cal can be very addictive!! Have fun with whatever choice you make. As with all rifle cartidges, reloading is the key to get ALL the accruacy out of your rifle.

    KingRanch
     
  13. Dbl Auto

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    Anyone stuff .204's with Winchester 748 powder? The Nosler #6 manual shows the Nosler 32 gr BT on top of 27.5 (start) to 29.5 (max) grains of Win 748. We are using Win 748 for the .223 and .22-250, so it would be nice to stick with one powder. We are thinking about a Rem 700 26" heavy bbl.
    Doug Allison
     
  14. GROCERY GUY

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    Thank you CC. Glenn
     
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    I love a lot of caliburs but none are as much fun as the 204, 17HMR and the 25/06
     
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    Alliant 10X is an excellent powder in the 204. Try it with either Sierra, the 32 or 39 Blitzking. Fast, flat and extremely accurate.
     
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    I load Tac powder with a 39 blitzking. Smoker. Out of a howa 1500 rifle
     
  18. Kingranch

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    Varget and Blitzkings.
     
  19. claybrdr

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    Varget, Benchmark, AA2230 and H4895 all were good with one load or two. Varget seemed the best overall in my 26" Remington VSSF.
     
  20. cubancigar2000

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    I just buy factory ammo for my 204 Howa Ranchland. Great gun
     
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