Originally Posted by toddc
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.