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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2020, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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Ruger 204

Any of you guys hunting fox and yotes with a 204? I love hunting with my 17 hornet but am looking for different options. I already have the gun but looking for a load that doesn't blow the crap out of a fox. I have a good friend that reloads for his 204 but he is shooting ground hogs and has a load that expands way to much for fox.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-16-2020, 10:43 AM
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I have used 32gr, 35gr, and 40gr (all berger hp) on ground hogs this year (24 kills). The 32's and 35's created lots of expansion, large holes. The 40's one small caliber size hole to dime size. How well this information translates to performance on a fox, I have no idea. I have not yet shot a fox with this gun. Fox are delicate animals when compared to groundhogs. I do worry about expansion on fox even with the 40gr bullets.

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You will have a hard time getting the performance you want, on fox, with a 204. The 17 hornet seems almost custom made for fox.
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Just picked up a 204, can't wait to try it out!
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I actually debated on a .204 also because you can build in a semi which I like for that follow up shot but still doubt it won't mess the hides up and I like to try and save what I can even with fur prices being down.
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Hunting partner shoots one..204 will do a good number fox more often than not. We won't shoot fox (.224/.204 yote bullets)anymore unless they are mange...
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Fox are just too small and tender. I think you could do damage with a spit wad through a straw. 17 Hornet is likely as big as you can get away with.
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I'll have to agree. Hard to beat the .17 hornet on fox. Works great on coyotes as well with good bullets and careful placement. Most shots where I hunt are under 150 yds.
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Would you use a 17 Hornet on a yote though?
Currently chances of calling a yote in as compared to a fox in our area are unlikely.
I would say 95% of the time its a fox first but I was looking into a 204 for the 5%.
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The key is to stay away from polymer tip bullets. I have shot several fox and a bobcat with my .204, using Hornady SP 45 grain bullets (unfortunately no longer produced). Dime sizes holes in and out. Now granted those examples all had good shot placement - I imagine if you make a bad shot you might have some bullet splash. But don't let people tell you it's not a good round - just have to experiment a little harder with bullets.
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