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.204 Ruger

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Unread 12-25-2006, 07:28 PM
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.204 Ruger

What loads have y'all found to be most accurate using a 40gr V-max? Up until now I've only used 32gr and haven't found anything spectacular. At this time the rifle is being bedded and trued, should have it back shortly after New Year's and was looking for a good starting point.
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Unread 12-26-2006, 09:57 AM
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Re: .204 Ruger

I use Win 748 over a cci 400. go by the book and work up to max. I get better than factory velocity and very good accuracy.
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Unread 12-26-2006, 05:19 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger

I have heard that Hogdon Benchmark is an outstanding powder in this cartridge. Have also heard that the 32 gr VMAX generally shoots better than the 40 gr VMAX. Don't know if this is true or not. Have fun with your 204 when you get it back!
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Unread 12-26-2006, 06:32 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger

I have had outstanding results in mine using 10x and just about any 40 grain bullet. Sierra lists the max load as 27.2 grains for it's 39 grain blitz king.

I feel that the reason people have trouble with 40 grain loads is the quality of the factory ammo. In cool weather i really goes wonky.

I prefer the 40 gr. nosler bt in mine as far as results on coyotes go.
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