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.204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

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Unread 02-11-2012, 10:34 AM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

I find an interesting observation in these posts. The shooters that have very little or mostly no experience with the 204 recommend the 223.

The shooters that have experience with both unanimously recommend the 204

Personally, I own and shoot both (at least I used to). I rarely shoot my 223 anymore. The only reason that I keep it is that it is a Colt HBar Match Grade AR-15. It is the gun that I hand visitors who want to "pray and spray" with an AR.

But when I want to KILL coyotes, rabbits, crows, p-dogs, stay cats etc. I'll go to the DPMS AR 204. It is an absolute tack driver and with the factory Federal Premium 39gr. BK rounds it drops coyotes DEAD! The first coyote I shot with that bullet was running away at about 200 yards. I barked...he turned...I shot...and he fell like he had been run over by a locomotive! And nothing moved, not an ear, not his tail, nothing...just dead. The coolest part is I got to see the whole thing right through the scope!

Yep, I own both. I like both. But the 204 is WAY more fun, more accurate, and far better in the wind. As a matter of fact the 39BK loads will fare better in cross winds than the 22-250 in similar "weight for caliber" bullets. But that is subjective and only because of the high BC of the sierra 39gr bullet.

Bottom line: Get the 204 You won't regret it! Just sayin'
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Unread 03-09-2012, 04:50 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

My son works part time in the gun department at a local Dick's Sporting goods.
Anytime someone walks in and asks for a .223 he tells them anything a .223 does a .204 will do faster, flatter, and better. Then he pulls out his phone and shows them a pic of one of my 5 shot 100 yard groups from my .204 that is smaller than the dime I used for reference. No one he has talked to went with the .223. As Tonkit said, anyone who has every shot one loves it. There are a lot of .223s out there gathering dust because of the .204
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Unread 03-31-2012, 06:10 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

I have 2,000+ rounds down my .204 Savage.. The gun still shoots better than I do. I put a Choate stock on it and have it weighted to 20 lbs. The glass is a Leipold 8.5x 25x50. It is strictly a bench gun.

I use the .223 for coyotes and the .204 on ground squirrels.

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Unread 04-08-2012, 10:06 AM
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One of these days I will be purchasing a Savage model 12 vlp bdm in 204 ruger...my wifes Remington 700 in 204 is one sweet shootin gun...
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Unread 05-09-2012, 08:21 AM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

I'd go with a .223 over a .204 myself. More versatility.
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Unread 05-14-2012, 08:11 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

For long range shooting, which your 243 does, go with a 9 or tighter twist 223, for light recoil and good ballistics/ velocity go 204 with 32 grain bullets.

Actually, get both and ditch the 243...lol

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Unread 03-17-2014, 05:12 PM
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Re: .204 Ruger or .223 Remington ???

i donīt have a 204, so im just going to add one more interesting bullet for the 204 shooters.

berger 55 gr Match Grade Long Range BT Varmint, bc. 381 g1 .
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