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Old 12-25-2012, 06:07 PM
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.204

Anyone have the pro's and cons of thisd calibre? Not interested in hearring about .223 or .22-250. Just the .204. Also if one has $750 to spend on one which .204 would you get. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-25-2012, 09:36 PM
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Re: .204

204 is a great round it is a premiere critter round. Works great on coyote to. By far the best critter round, and I own the other two you don't want to hear about. As for guns I have a howa great trigger and accuracy. I would have never bought the rounds or gun because I have the other two, bu I won mine and would buy this gun again in a second after owning it.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:16 AM
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Re: .204

I own aRuger M77 VT SHOOTS half inch groups with a10x40 bushnell tactical scope on top.Shoots crows out past 300 with abackline hold and foxes and rabbits even further.I like the 40gn hornadys but the 32s dont damage fox pelts.I got the action glass bedded which stopped elevation movement and stopped groups opening up. It pays to make sure you take carefull aim for the head or the vitals at long range on foxes or bigger because those small bullets are getting pretty tyred when they get way out there

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:01 PM
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Re: .204

The 204 is among my favorites. I shoot it more than I shoot anything else. Flat trajectory, stellar accuracy & fairly cheap factory ammo. Interestingly enough, this is the only rifle I own that I don't reload for.... The factory ammo is that good, mine seems to prefer the 32grn HNDY loads. I would without question, buy another one.

I've killed coyotes from 30yds to over 250, results are always the same.

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Old 12-26-2012, 12:11 PM
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I dont currently own one but have owned 2. the first was a m77 stainless that didnt shoot very well the second was a CZ 527 American and it shot great but had to sell to buy diapers a few years ago. It shot awesome with everything I shot out of it. in my opinion the CZ is very hard to beat and the set trigger is pretty fun too. It kills coyotes and fox pretty well too.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:52 PM
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Re: .204

I'm a long time varmint shooter(prairie dogs are my favorite). Since I got my first of many 204's in 2006, I rarely shoot the beloved 220Swift's that collect dust in my safe. With typical varmint loads in factory twist barrels I find the 204R to excell ballistically to 600 yards in all respects but energy, and that difference is not very much. Once you have some brass the 204 is cheap to load for. Try 39gr Sierra bullets first and you might be done experimenting right there.
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Old 12-26-2012, 03:29 PM
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I'm a long time varmint shooter(prairie dogs are my favorite). Since I got my first of many 204's in 2006, I rarely shoot the beloved 220Swift's that collect dust in my safe. With typical varmint loads in factory twist barrels I find the 204R to excell ballistically to 600 yards in all respects but energy, and that difference is not very much. Once you have some brass the 204 is cheap to load for. Try 39gr Sierra bullets first and you might be done experimenting right there.

I shot a lot of 39 grain blitzkings in mine too i believe and they shot great
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