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.204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

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Unread 03-27-2011, 10:35 AM
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.204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

Hiya guys,

I am trying to decide which calibre to go for, .223Rem or .204 Ruger.

I already have a .243 Tikka that is awesome for longer ranges and will easily hit 1.5" groups at 300yds. The problem is that most of my hunting recently is at night with a lamp after rabbits and foxes and the .243 is a little too much gun for that purpose.

I shoot at night up to 250yds and would like a flat shooting rifle that will be cheap to feed.

The .243 is hungry on powder and has a bit of a kick which is affecting accuracy when I need to take a quick shot at a twitchy rabbit at 250yds away.

I understand the .223 has less kick than the .243 and will give a flat shooting bullet if you use the 40-50 grainers, but the .204 Ruger will give better ballistics and less kick.

Unfortunately the .204 ruger is rumoured to have a short barrel life expectancy.

Can you guys please give me the benefit of your experience on calibre choice ???

Thanks guys, looking forward to your thoughts.
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Unread 03-27-2011, 12:16 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

Day in and day out the .223, IMO, is hard to beat for small game. You can buy ammo anywhere, it's probably the cheapest centerfire round you can buy. The 204 certainly has its following and though I've never owned one I'm sure they are a fantastic chambering but if I didn't already have a .223 and I was looking at getting either a .223 or .204 there is no way I would pick the .204 over the .223. Unless I already owned a .223
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Unread 03-27-2011, 02:30 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

223 I picked up a Savage left handed bolt with scope 3x9 on gun broker for a good price and ammo is very inexpensive for 55 gn
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Unread 03-27-2011, 05:51 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

You already have a .243 for longer range, or those particularly windy days. The 204 is flatter shooting, lower recoil (neither will beat you up), and barrel life difference will be minimal.
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Unread 03-27-2011, 06:23 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

there must be a reason i see more and more used .204's at the gun shows and on the used rack at shops. they look great on paper, but how many times have you seen a perfectly calm day at the range or more importantly in a good p-dog town? they just can't cut it in any kind of wind with those little bullets. if I were to build a "little" cal. it would be in the .19 calhoun or similar., but i just keep building .223 and 22-250.
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Unread 03-27-2011, 09:49 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

I know I'll start a big discussion on this, but i am not a big fan of the 223, if i wanted a 22 cal i would go with a 22-250. I just bought Rem. R15 in 204 and it is one of the most accurate rifles i have ever had the pleasure to shoot. Just my opinion but each to his own.
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Unread 03-28-2011, 06:00 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

i have both.but like the 204 more.
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