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Old 12-26-2012, 10:52 PM
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Re: .204

I just picked up a Savage Model 10 Predator Hunter Max 1. I like it but the price may over shoot your budget. I have only fired 8 rounds out of it but it show potential and I havent loaded for it yet, but there are 39gr Blitzkings waiting on the sidelines right now. This makes my second .204 and I dont think I made a bad choice in the rifle.
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Old 12-27-2012, 01:39 PM
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Re: .204

A 204 with the new berger 55gr will paste a 22-250 at any range. Im looking at an AR in 20 cal(probly a 20 tactical) as my new coyote rifle. The smaller stuff is great also I just want an 800 yd yote gun.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:33 AM
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Re: .204

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I just picked up a Savage Model 10 Predator Hunter Max 1. I like it but the price may over shoot your budget. I have only fired 8 rounds out of it but it show potential and I havent loaded for it yet, but there are 39gr Blitzkings waiting on the sidelines right now. This makes my second .204 and I dont think I made a bad choice in the rifle.
That model Savage or the CZ 527 Varmint would be my choice if I were to buy another .204 to go with my Cooper and Remington. Another option might be the TC Venture Predator for its 5R and (possible) faster-twist rifling, the latter needed to shoot 40 gr. and heavier bullets accurately in the .204. Another big plus of the .204 is the lack of recoil that allows one to watch hits through the scope.
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:38 AM
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Re: .204

.204 is stellar in my book.
Flat trajectory and incredibly accurate. Just DOPE wind conditions.
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Old 01-31-2013, 08:41 AM
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Re: .204

I know a guy that shoots pd with them with a sierra blitz king and it is awesome.
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Old 01-31-2013, 01:37 PM
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A 204 with the new berger 55gr will paste a 22-250 at any range. Im looking at an AR in 20 cal(probly a 20 tactical) as my new coyote rifle. The smaller stuff is great also I just want an 800 yd yote gun.
If you're talking wind....than yes. If you're talking drop ( flatness ) then....no. Strictly looking at the generic numbers only, not one gun compared to another. The 204 pushing the 55 Berger at 3200 fps( the high end on the Berger manual) catches up with the 22-250 pushing a 55 gr nosler at 3600 fps ( a conservative speed) in drop at about 800 yds. The wind drift is considerably better, ( about 24") for the .204. That's because you're in the top weight for the .204 caliber. I ran the numbers for the 70gr bergers at 3300 fps( average speed/ per the berger manual) out of a 22-250. It beats the 204 in both categories out to 1000 yds. Now, I'm not comparing one gun to the next, just running generic ballistic numbers with their posted B.C.s for each caliber.

Bottom line, no matter what caliber you shoot, something is sacrificed. If you shoot a smaller caliber you sometimes sacrifice exessive down range wind drift, down range loss in velocity, which usually means lower P.O.I. at extended ranges. We're talking coyotes and smaller, so ft/lbs shouldn't be too much of a concern.
If you shoot a bigger caliber than you generally have slower muzzle velocities. They kick more, so keeping the scope on target is harder. Lets face, sometimes they're just not as fun to shoot.........sometimes.

That being said, that 204 is one hell of a cartridge.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:50 PM
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Re: .204

Hey,
I would go with a Savage, eithere a model 25 lightweight varminter or the 25 lightweight varminter-T. They both have accutriggers and detachable magazines.

Friend had some bench guns in this caliber. Shot pretty flat and with little to no noticeable recoil. Verry accurate.

Happy Shootin'

P.S: Be sure to notify us on your choice. With this caliber it is pretty hard to go wrong.
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