Re: Ruger 204
There has been a bunch of new cartridge introductions over the last 15 years or so. Most have not really invented a new niche, or usage. However a few have. And IMO the 204 Ruger cartridge is one of the rare ones that filled a niche. So I believe it will be around for a long time.
There were alot of guys out there wildcatting the 20 and 17 caliber rifles. So there was a market for them to start with. The 17 Remington just got a lot of bad press(like the 220 Swift). But no 20 caliber got beat up real bad.
The 204 is an effective cartridge for its intended use. And has advantages over other cartridges with the same intended use, so that makes the 204 a good idea. It will stick around.
In PA it is a great choice for ground hog hunting. Most PA ground hog hunting is 300 yards and in. Not alot of long range shooting in PA, as you all know. The 32 grain 204 is on a rope to 300 yards. And also effectively kills ground hogs and coyotes to that distance. What round is a better choice for doing that?? The only other good choice is the 223 Remington, and the 223 is only better because you can buy ammo cheaper. For a reloader(and factory ammo) the 204 is flatter than the 223, and is every bit of a killer as the 223 to 300 yards. Tom.