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Old 10-08-2004, 01:02 PM
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Looking at buying a Savage in .204

This past summer I went hunting prairie dogs in SD. We used 223's and 22-250's. I was wandering if anyone had shot a Savage varmint rifle in a .204? It will be used mainly for varmint and some benchrest shooting. Thanks for any help.

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Old 10-09-2004, 02:02 AM
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Re: Looking at buying a Savage in .204

I have never shot a savage in 204 but i have a basically new savage in 223 with a acure trigar and love it.
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Old 10-09-2004, 04:11 PM
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Re: Looking at buying a Savage in .204

Savage makes some great "factory " rifles. But in 204 ? I guess that depends on what you call long range ? I think most on this board would start at 500 yds. BC weight, and remaining velocity, are the most important considerations....The 204 might make a good 300 yd. PD gun, but when the breeze picks up ? [img]images/icons/rolleyes.gif[/img]
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Old 10-09-2004, 08:23 PM
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Re: Looking at buying a Savage in .204

What I really want is a caliber to shoot accurately 300 to 400 yds, use it for prairie dogs in the summer and deer in the fall. That may be too much to ask but I can't really afford to buy two guns right now. What about a .308? I'm just afraid there would be too much recoil for PD shooting.
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Old 10-09-2004, 09:02 PM
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Re: Looking at buying a Savage in .204

I think asking the 20 cal to be a 400 yard PD gun is a bit much.....also the 308 would be the better Deer cartridge. If the recoil is too much for PD's consider a MB for the 308... [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 10-09-2004, 11:03 PM
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Re: Looking at buying a Savage in .204

This is just my opinion, but I think you were using a couple of excellent prarrie dog calibers in the 223 and 22-250. The 223 should handle those shots out to 300 yards and the other takes over, past that distance. The economics of squirrel or prarrie dogs dictates something cheap to load for, and you cannot beat the 223 for that application.

204 Ruger is something I have not played with. You are going to need the special things that seventeen shooters require, funnel, cleaning rod, etc. Cost per kill? Can't help you, but I suspect that it is a little more expensive to shoot; it may be inferior, or superior, ballistically? Beats me? Sure isn't a deer gun, to most people.

Looking for a dual purpose rig, right?

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><HR>What I really want is a caliber to shoot accurately 300 to 400 yds, use it for prairie dogs in the summer and deer in the fall. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I think you would be very happy with a 243. Covers all your requirements, but it is not brand new and trendy. Even so, that's what I'd do.

Good hunting. LB
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Old 10-10-2004, 09:18 AM
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Re: Looking at buying a Savage in .204

The .243 might be what I need to get. Now the next question is which gun? I've been looking at Savage and CZ, they are both very good right out of the box. I like the new accu-trigger on the Savage, however I have not shot the CZ, but hear wonderful things about it, I know I need to shoot one for myself. What are the pros and cons of each rifle? Thanks for your help.

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