Re: Opinions on savage 204 Ruger for Coyotes
I came into a used Remington 700 223 Varmint rifle (heavy barrel, black synthetic stock) for just under $500 including a crappy NC star scope and a nice bipod. I free floated the barrel (3/4" hardwood dowel + 40 grit belt sander paper) at which time I discovered the fore end was twisted, so it is not symetrical now, but it clears the barrel generously.
The trigger on this gun is fine, I didn't need to mess with it at all. I am still perplexed about the 8mm Mauser "Classic 700" that I bought that needed a ton of work to make it shoot. I was about turned off Remington Rifles for life. I swapped the 3-12x42SF Nikon from my AR onto this rifle and from the get go it has shot 1/2" groups at 100yds off the bipod. The only negative is that the barrel is a 1:12 twist, so my current 55gr loads (Hornady Vmax + 22.5gr H322) may well be the highest bullet weight that will work. So stretching the range with heavier, higher BC bullets would require a re-barrel. I also have Hornady 55gr spire point bullets, if I should find that the Vmax are too superficial for the winter coats. From what I have been reading, that is unlikely to be the case though.
One nice thing about the 223 is that one can get very reasonably priced commercial ammo (PMC for example) which has great brass for less than 30c/round. I just paid 36c/shell for winchester brass and I have found all the PMC brass I reloaded to be superior to either Remington, Winchester or PPU brass. Have never bought Lapua brass, so can't comment on that.
I would have liked a better scope, but that will have to wait for my 308 or 7mm rifle next year..... Target turrets are available for the Nikon Monarch and the tracking so far has been the best of any scope I have owned and totally superior to the Weaver and Bushnell scopes I set up last weekend on my new muzzle loader and on the AR to replace the Nikon.
The ($150) Weaver in particular takes several shots to settle down after each adjustment, even after tapping the turrets with a rubber screw driver handle after each adjustment. The Bushnell is a 3200 Elite Tactical 10x fixed magnification mill dot scope. Sight image is clear, but the turrets seem to have a lot of overshoot and springback, which sorta defeats the object of having target turrets. It was my first time shooting it on the AR and I didn't shoot any hand loads so grouping was more scattered than what I know the weapon can do, so perhaps I should not be too judgmental....