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204- not just a gopher gun

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Unread 03-10-2008, 10:44 PM
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MRT65,

I was at the range on Sunday shooting squirrels with my friend. There was a gentlemen shooting next to me, and he was shooting a custom 204 Ruger, with a 28" barrel and a Nightforce NXS 3.5x15x56mm scope. He was making hits on squirrels at 500 yards and it was killing them dead in their track at that range. Kills from 50 to 300 yards provided some pretty spectacular red mist shows.

It was awesome to watch this guy shoot that little bullet. He was using the 32grn V-Max with 30grns of VV-N133. He was pushing the 32grn V-Max at 4350fps, it was awesome.

I am impressed everytime I see the 204 in action.

W.
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    Unread 03-12-2008, 10:29 PM
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    I would agree, the 204 is an awesome cartridge.

    P44
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    Unread 03-18-2008, 12:39 PM
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    Certainly the 204 is a fantastic round and will bring death to most any animal when the point of aim is correct and the rifle is shot correctly.

    Shot Placement is the key to all rifles.





    Mike Alford
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    Unread 03-19-2008, 11:14 AM
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    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
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