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Old 12-01-2010, 03:46 PM
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204 ruger or 22-250

I'm thinking about either building an AR in 204 ruger or getting a rifle in 22-250. I'm not real familiar with these small calibers and was wondering which one would be best for p-dogin'

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Old 12-01-2010, 04:22 PM
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Re: 204 ruger or 22-250

Depends on how far you plan on shooting..

Close (out to 300 yds maybe give or take) the 204 would probably be great. Especially if you need to concern yourself w/ richochets. For longer stuff, out to 300 and well beyond; the 22-250 in a bolt action.

22-250 has longer reach with heavier bullet selection and can still be downloaded with light bullets if you want super speed.......simply more versatile. And, I've never found an AR that will shoot as precisely as a good bolt action, especially with well tuned loads. One benefit of the 204 might be reduced cost of components and ammo though

Both good, I just prefer the Varminter (22-250).
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Old 12-01-2010, 04:53 PM
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Re: 204 ruger or 22-250

I like what SBruce said. The 204 Ruger is a sweet little round out to around 350 yards. My neighbors best friend using it in Montana for PD out 350 yards comfortably with the longest being 520 some odd yards. He ended up taking the scope off the 204. and putting a cheaper one to use for 300 yards and closer and went out and bought a single shot cooper 22-250 for 300-600 yards. He was debating between a 243. win and 22-250 but he had a lot of load data worked up from a previous rifle, so went with the 22-250. He said anything past 450-500 yards the 243. would be handy but the 22-250 works. Keep that in mind
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Old 12-01-2010, 05:07 PM
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Re: 204 ruger or 22-250

I have a SP in .260Rem for the longer stuff. I recently traded for a 22-250 but wasn't sure if I wanted to keep it. I also traded for another AR and thought maybe I could switch the barrel out(204 or 1in 8 twist 223)....man this is a tough hobby to figure stuff out in.

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Old 12-04-2010, 03:47 AM
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Re: 204 ruger or 22-250

The .204 in my view is an inherently accurate round. I continue to be astonished as to what it will do with some 10X and the 32 grain Hornady red tip. It is lightening fast and hits like a hammer from hell. Currently my favorite light round, next step up from the .17HMR which is also an excellent choice for short range varmints.

The .22-250 was developed as an answer to the .220 Swifts barrel wear and it it's time was an excellent round.

Very popular in middle ground squirrel hunting in Oregon.

Below is classic SAKO model .75 in .204 with various and sundrie accessories. Courtesy Rick in Oregon.

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Old 12-04-2010, 10:29 PM
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Re: 204 ruger or 22-250

I have one of each, a DPMS upper in .204 that I have just started to break in. Really liking the Hornady 40 grain V-Max's right now. I have not had time to work up a load for it yet, but have been getting 3/4 moa with the factory ammo. I did pick up both the 32 and 40 grain V-Max bullets to play with once I begin load development at the end of the month. So far I have been very pleased with its performance on a handful of crows and one Gray Fox. If your after the pelt, don't use the V-Max.
My 250 I like but may have made a bit of an uneducated buy on. It's a Remmie 700 VTR. Bought more on looks and cool factor with the triangluar barrel and muzzle break than anything else. The stock actually really sucks. The twist rate of 1:14 is throwing 55 grain Sierra Blitzkings excellent downrange. But I would like to have the option of using a heavier bullet if the wind kicks up and isn't an option with my barrel. Terminal performance on groundhogs, and foxes have been quite impressive also.
Guess what I'm getting at in that bit is figure out what size and bullet you want to use or have a range, I am limited to the 50-55 grain range for the 250. I will also need to make some adjustments or buy a new stock for the VTR to avoid its flimsyness and a couple contact points along the barrel. Either round will perform great, just decide on your range and use. Good luck.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:10 PM
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Re: 204 ruger or 22-250

S243 , If you are new to Pdogging and on a tight Budget , I'm saying neither . I would suggest a 223 AR or Bolt ....whatever you feel comfortable with . Much cheaper Brass , way wider selection of Brass and Bullets . If you have deep pockets , I would go with an Accurized 20 Cal AR , and just buy some spare Barrels as I needed them. Most Pdog shooting I've seen is load and shoot as fast as you can , while they are out . A 22-250 will get so hot you will burn your hand on it unless you go to one of the Barrel Cooling Systems , or have multiple Rifles to shoot . I have no experience with rapid fire heating in the 20s .....yet ! 40 Grain Bullets in a 223 are good out to about 450 Yards unless its very windy and then I would want a very heavy Bullet in a Slow Twist ( big Case ) 22 , or 6mm , or 6.5 , and I would take my time shooting . Once you get experience with a 223 , you will see which way you want to go for your next Rifle . Once you Pdog it , there's no going back , you will be hooked !
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