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Powder for .204 Ruger

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Old Cowboy, Mar 26, 2010.

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  1. Old Cowboy

    Old Cowboy Active Member

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    Trying to develop a good accurate Ruger .204 load, 32 gr bullets. Having a @#$%^ of a time coming up with a powder that'll give me consistent velocities. I've tried BL-C2, 748, Benchmark & Varget......thinking about trying IMR 8208XBR or X-terminator if I can find some locally, any suggestions? BTW, I'm using CCI 450 & Rem 7 1/2 benchrest primers.

    John C. Saubak
     
  2. halfmile

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    8208 is damn hard to come by, I have been looking for a month.

    Any of the 223 usage family of powders will work. I would try accurate 2015 or 2230, IMR 4198, OR Alliant Reloader 7.

    1680 will get you there, I use it in the 221 Fireball getting 3500 FPS. There are no loads listed, and you need to work up.

    VV N133 will too, but the price will stop your heart.

    More loads are at the link I gave, remember these are contributed by users and you should approach them with normal caution, from 10 percent under.

    There are military pulldown powders that work too, but availability and lack of data makes it dicey.

    If you're not at the upper edge of pressure seat your bullets about .015 off the lands for starters if your chamber will allow.

    HM
     
  3. Rick in Ohio

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    I see that your looking for a good load for the ruger 204 around.
    Well the first thing that I like to pass on to you is the 32gr bullet is not a very good bullet to use on a windy day. I have tested the 32gr bullets out in South Dakota prairie dog hunting and they are not good at all.
    So here is a good load for you that I have found that works the best for all varmint hunting.

    Go with a 39gr Blitz King or a 40gr V-Max
    Powder - 26.5grs of H4895
    Primer - Rem 7 1/2 BR
    You can step that powder up to 28.5grs but some 204 rifle it don't work so good in.

    This load will get your 204 just about up to 4000fps.
    Myself I like the 39gr Blitz Kings the best.

    Just to let you know I a big fan of the 204's ........... they are fast and flat shooting and not many varmints get away from it.

    PM me your e-mail address and I can send you some pictures from out in SD showing you just what a 39gr Blitz King will do to a PD.
    I would also be very happy to talk with you about the 204's if you like.
     
  4. claybrdr

    claybrdr Well-Known Member

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    My Remington 700 doesn't stabilize the 40 gr bullets too well. The lighter bullets shoot better. Varget, Benchmark and H4895 work well for me.
     
  5. jim brown

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    My Savages like the 40 grain V-Max and Benchmark.

    jim brown
     
  6. rocktire

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    RE-10X works awesome for me
     
  7. oz

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    try hodgdon's dot com
     
  8. Maumee River Rat

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    Old Cowboy : Try 28grs. of RL-15 my chrono shows 4000fps with Rem. 71/2 primers .003" off the lands and groves. Hope this helps, Ed Saneholtz
     
  9. Rick in Ohio

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    Here a picture of two hog's I shot last summer right a 500yds with my 204 with a a 39gr Blitz King.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Rick in Ohio

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    Here is what a 39gr will do to a prairie dog.
    [​IMG]
     
  11. "Great Scott"

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    Reloder10X is the go to 204 powder. Try 32 hornady vmax or 39 sierras. Seat the base of the 39 sierra bullets near the shoulder/neck junction. The 20s favor a jump to the lands. By all means shoot a mag Primer, these cases can develop pressure quickly and rupture a standard primer. The 40vmaxs typically dont shoot as well as the 2 that I covered. Larry in western Ky.
     
  12. ultramag338

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    I use Tac and 39 gr Blitzkings
     
  13. high 2

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    Rick, what kind of drop at 500 yards? Nice looking rifle. What is your set up? I`m thinking about selling my Win SS HBV 22-250 and going with a 204. Larry
     
  14. Rick in Ohio

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    The 204 drops a little at 500yds but not much, the hold over is about a inch. That bullet is so fast it really don't have time to drop much.
    The rifle in the picture is a Savage 204 Left Hand Port Long Range Precision Varminter with a 12x42x56mm Night Force.
     
  15. BeerKing

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    So Rick, how do you have your gun sighted in when you say not much drop at 500yds.
     
  16. Maumee River Rat

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    Rick: my 204 is zeroed at 200yd and should drop 30" at 500yds. How is your gun doing this at 500yds? Ed Saneholtz
     
  17. Rick in Ohio

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    I am pushing my 204 reloads way over max and I will not pass on that info ...... do to I really don't want to here that some one used this load info and there rifle blue up on them.
    I can tell you this about my 204 reloads you can only reload them case's only one time....... then the case's are junk after that and I am mixing powder.
    The rifle in the picture is setup for South Dakota long range shooting.

    My Michigan buddy Jim killed a PD in South Dakota last year with his 204 rifle like mine at a 1000yds. He was shooting a 60gr Berger bullet. There wasn't much power in back of that bullet but he did make that kill getting him in the 1000yd VHA Down Range Club. Are rifles are not stock rifles.
    [​IMG]
     
  18. jim brown

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    Good grief!!!

    jim brown
     
  19. Old Cowboy

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    I picked up a can of IMR 8208XBR at my local gunstore......preliminary tests indicate it shows some promise. 10 shots from my Ruger 26" bbl target/varmint rifle; Av Vel--4183fps, ES--40, SD--15. CCI 450, 29gr IMR 8208XBR (max right off the Hodgdon website), not sure how far off the lands I am?...the bullet base is right at the neck/shoulder juncture (32gr V-max), any longer COL wouldn't fit in the magazine. Group wasn't anything to brag about, slightly over 1 moa.......possibly shooter error? Sandbag over the pickup hood, breezy day. At least my velocities are reasonably consistent, ........thanks for all the suggestions so far, keep 'em comin'

    John C. Saubak
     
  20. BeerKing

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    Ok Rick in Ohio. With a 200 yd zero what is your drop at 500 yds.
     
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