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Unread 12-29-2013, 04:50 AM
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Re: .204

I got a Ruger Target Varmint .204 rifle when they first came out and mounted a Leupold 6-18 X AO scope on it. It was one of the more accurate rifles I v had just out of the box. It was eazy to find accurate 32 and 39 Gr bullets reloads.
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Unread 12-29-2013, 10:41 AM
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Re: .204

I picked up a Remington SPS Varmint in .204 many years ago, and love it. I've been shooting the 39 gr Blitzkings with RL-10x. I had Joel Russo make an awesome stock, and have since put a Jewell trigger, and some other goodies. Out of the box, it shot great.
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Unread 12-30-2013, 12:26 PM
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Re: .204

I see this is a really old Original thread but I suppose that adding to it to help others is a good thing. Correct?

I won a Savage model 10 Predator a few years back. I had very little knowledge or experience with Savage so I thought this rifle would be a POS. WRONG. This rifle with Hornady factory ammo, 40 gr Vmax, shoots .15 inch groups at 100 and 1.5" at 500. The only issue is that the ammo is slow at 3650 fps compared to their advertised 3900.

Keep in mind this is factory ammo so the jump is at .170 !!!!! The reason I mention this one, DON'T get hung up on jump issues fellas.

I worked up some handloads of 4064, 4895, and superformance and the vmax on the hornady brass. Still shooting less than .20 groups. 4064 was the fastest at 3780 to 3800 and shot 2" at 500. Recently I added H4198 to the line up as it is an extreme powder and smaller grains so I don't have to compress the loads like 4064. H4198 at 25 grains gives me 3780 with a ES under 10. .25 or less groups. The sweet spot seems to be right at .100 off the lands and that is right at 2.315 COAL.
Also, I bought some Nosler customer brass and it is way better than the hornady stuff. I had a lot of issues with 27.5 grains 4064 and many cases could not be loaded that high without a bit of drop tube and shaking methods. The nosler brass is very good and consistent.

So, if you asked me about a .204 I would buy another for sure, love the chambering, and with a good LR scope I have made shots out to 700 yards with great accuracy. I want to stretch it further now that I have a new load and stepped BC figured out.
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Unread 01-01-2014, 09:50 AM
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Re: .204

Originally Posted by tuck2 View Post
I got a Ruger Target Varmint .204 rifle when they first came out and mounted a Leupold 6-18 X AO scope on it. It was one of the more accurate rifles I v had just out of the box. It was eazy to find accurate 32 and 39 Gr bullets reloads.
I love my m77. .380 groups without much effort and new to reloading. Trying the 39 gr next.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 09:15 PM
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Re: .204

Rem 700 SPS BDL, Leup 4.5-14, 32 grn Nosler BT 29 grns IMR 4320, Win brass, Rem 7.5 primer, .5" group with shots 8-10 New out of the box, velocity-fast enough to catch her, 28 lb female

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Unread 01-06-2014, 07:55 PM
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Re: .204

I have a Remington VTR and it is a smoker.
The 204 is an awesome little round that will make little critters do back flips.
My longest, comfirmed, witnessed kill is 535 on a rockchuck.
constant kills at 300 and under.
32 g vmax work real good and for a real smoker I shoot 26g varmit gernades at about 4200 fps.

Get one and you will not be disapointed.
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Unread 01-06-2014, 08:23 PM
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Re: .204

Never had the chance to kill anything with a .204 or the privilege to own one but have glass bedded and accurized a couple with my Dad for some guys. At 100yds they shot literally one hole groups! We were astounded by their accuracy. The cartridge is also super low recoiling so seeing your hits through the scope is a breeze. I just never had much interest in one since those little bullets are very wind sensitive and lose their velocity pretty quick.
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