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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 03-15-2015, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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204 Ruger ?

How do you all like or dislike this cal?How do you compare it to the other small varmint center fire cals?Has it fizzled out or still strong in sales?
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Re: 204 Ruger ?

I really like mine. I shoot Hornady V-Max, its deadly accurate and hits hard.

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Re: 204 Ruger ?

I'm a big fan of mine. Accurate with factory ammo, amazingly accurate with my handloads. If you're wanting to save fur, it's not the gun for you. If you want a flat shooting, accurate cartridge that kills small critters very well, and with the right bullets, even deer, then the .204 is for you.

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Re: 204 Ruger ?

I know a Savage model 16 was sold December 13 2014.It happens to be my favorite.Very accurate but have not shot game with it yet.Ground hogs are going to be the test market.I had no problem finding ammo.Brass and bullets are available too.Can be sporadic as with all components these days.You won't get superformance speeds with standard loads and powders though.Reviews with some bullets show better accuracy at slower speeds though.

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Re: 204 Ruger ?

I have one en route and will start loading for it later this month. I have to start doing my homework in QuickLoad to start picking powders. From what I've seen, Benchmark looks good, and I have two pounds of that on hand.
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Re: 204 Ruger ?

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From what I've seen, Benchmark looks good, and I have two pounds of that on hand.
Two targets @200. ( Pardon my scribble!)


39 Sierra BK, RL10X on the left, 32 Vmax, Benchmark on the right, both using Win brass, BR4 out of 24" 10T Shilen
Of the powder-primer combinations I tried those two gave the best results with those bullets. BLC2 was a close second to the BM.

Also both bullets shot the best with a 20-25 jump.

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Re: 204 Ruger ?

Looks good.I know it,s faster,but how is it compared to the Hornets?
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Shoots as flat or flatter, depending on which hornet you're talking about, hits harder, carries more energy, way farther. Ballistics wise, it smokes the hornets. But, it's a lit harder on fur too.

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Here's a target from 275yds(as far as I can shoot on the range I use). Shot the group on the left, made a slight adjustment, for the wind, shot the group on the right. The inner diamond is 1". Not as good as Bill by any means, but not terrible. Those groups were with Nosler brass, 39gr sierra blitzkings, and more benchmark than I'll list here, simply because it's safe in my rifle, but might not be in others. I've killed woodchucks a few yards over 400 with it. No crawlers, just fall over dead.

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That,s impressive.I was referring to the .17 and .22 in the Hornet.How is the Ruger compared to the Hornets on wind drift?
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