Wildcat: That is an impressive FPS number attained by the range shooter!
I am recording that info and will set about to find some printed data on that loading or a place for me to start testing at.
I love VV N-133 powder but it is so hard to come by here in the wiles of SW Montana! I have not tried it as yet in any of my 204's.
I use 32 and 35 grain bullets in all my 204's.
I have shot the 40 gr. factory bullets and some 39 gr. handloads - they all shot well but the 32 grainers shoot flatter out to about 400 yards or so.
Flatter means more hits out in the Varmint fields.
I have scopes on my Rifles that range in power from a low of 6.5x20 power to a high of 8.5x25 power.
The 204 Ruger cartridge in a quality heavy barrel Rifle can put to GOOD use, LOTS, of scope power!
One of my shooting cronnies has an 8x32 power scope on one of his 204's.
I am in the middle of my winters loading of ammo for the upcoming Colony Varmint season here on the high plains and the Rocky Mountains!
Lots of 204 ammo on hand and in the planning stages!
I'll bet that fellow at the range with the 28" barrel on his custom Rifle
could also see the "mist" in his scope, at the instant of his shots! The lack of recoil is one of the great attributes of the 204 Ruger cartridge.
Try one - you'll like it!
Hold into the wind