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Time for a .204 Ruger

 
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:25 AM
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Time for a .204 Ruger

Hello everybody. I have been a long time lurker and have had really enjoyed reading the posts on this Forum. Learned a lot as well. Decided to officially join the Forum so that I can ask and get some specific information. My first post! I like the smaller calibers and have developed an interest in the .204 Ruger. Love being able to see the bullet strikes. I will use it for range shooting for fun and playing around with load development; and also for small varmint hunting (ground hogs here in the East, have a SD prairie dog trip planned this summer). Already have a .17HMR and .223 Remington but want something in the 32-40gr bullet range (I know that the .223 will shoot 40gr bullets). Have narrowed my search down to three rifles... the Remington 700 VLS (VSSF II if I can find one), the Kimber 84M Varmint, and the Weatherby Vanguard Varmint. I know there are other great rifles out there besides these like the Sako, CZ, Browning, Savage, etc but for whatever reasons these are the ones that I have settled on. I know that I canít really go wrong with any of these three but would like to get you allís comments and opinions on these rifles to help with my decision. Looking for information on out of box performance (accuracy, strength and smoothness of bolt, trigger, reliability, etc). Know there is a price variance with these three but that is not a major consideration other than I donít want to spend more bucks without some enhancements that warrant the extra cost. I would greatly appreciate your insight on the differences, unique quirks, and features that each of my three finalists have. Opinions are very much welcome. Just want to hear about these rifles and gather information before I make my decision. I am looking forward to reading all the responses from this great Forum. Thanks for the help.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:52 AM
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Re: Time for a .204 Ruger

Vanguard would be my pick, I do not own a 204 but I load for 3 friends that do, and do all the testing and have yet to be impressed, a 22-250 will out run a 40grn in 204 with a 50grn bullet by over 100fps, I have also ran 40grn noslers up close to 4350 from a 22-250 and the 35s will easily break 4500, so imo a 204 is not efficient. One of my friends has the kimber you speak of and it shoots good, but its not good enough for the money, he wished he would have bought the savage 12 bvss 22-250 sitting next to it.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:03 PM
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Re: Time for a .204 Ruger

Vangaurd varmint Sub MOA or now it's "range certified"
Comes with a composit stock and an ok trigger..22-250 would get my vote. I dont think the vangaurd comes in 204.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:12 PM
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Re: Time for a .204 Ruger

Thanks for the quick replies. Very good advice. To tell you the truth I have always wanted a 22-250 but was concerned that the recoil of the 22-250 would not allow to see bullet strikes, would it? The reason this comes up is that I can go shooting by myself and not require a spotter to see where it hits. Of course if I hit the target I don't need a spotter, right? LOL.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:32 PM
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Re: Time for a .204 Ruger

In a varmint weight rifle recoil is practically non exsistant, in a 6# short barreled sporter it may jump a little.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:42 PM
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Re: Time for a .204 Ruger

If you get a factory .204 you better get a good copper solvent and enjoy cleaning.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:03 PM
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Re: Time for a .204 Ruger

have several 204s, favorite is a rem. xr100. it will place 26gr bergers in one hole out to 300yds. has about 2500 rounds through it cleaned twice. own several 223 22-250s and 220 swifts. if i want to see my shots, experiance zero recoil this little jem gets the nod.
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