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I am getting ready to start loading some .204 Ruger loads for an Encore rifle barrel. Any acccurate pet loads would be appreciated. I am going to start with 32 grain Hornady V-max bullets. Some of my powder choices: Varget, H322, IMR 4895, etc. I have checked out the various powder company websites, I was just curious what might be working for some shooters on here.

Thanks in advance!

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I just loaded up a bunch of .204 Ruger, Hornady brass, 32 grain Hornady V-max, CCI 450 small rifle magnum primers, 30.7 gr Hodgdon BL-C(2).

Pretty well duplicates fact'ry velocity and accuracy.

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I have 2 of them both Savage. I had some problems getting them to shoot like I thought they should. I finally stumbled on Benchmark powder and then things started to work really well. Try Benchmark powder I think you will like it. Loads are available in the Hodgdon book. I am shooting 40 gr V-Max bullets about one grain below max with very good results. I just finished loading 1000 of them for a Prairie Dog safari coming up next month.

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748 is the best powder I use for .223. If the gun won't shoot 748, get rid of it.

In the case of the .204, Varget and Benchmark are the best choices of my PD shooting partners. Start around 6-7 % under max, and go till you get the desired accuracy or a wee ring around the dent in the primer.

Every gun is its own thing, but you got good advice here. For best accuracy, once you have a load, you should uniform the primer pockets and trim the flash holes.

Big difference.

HM
 
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