Re: 204 varmint rifle?
I own one of the Savage BTCSS in .204. I have a couple of other Savages that I have been pretty happy with and have certainly lived up to the expectation of out of the box accuracy for Savage. This .204 blew all these expectations away. The first loads I tried were the factory Hornady 32gr vmax just for break in. While breaking it in, the gun shot way better than I could ever hope to. I have spent this year just shooting factory loads as I am am afraid my handloads will not match it. I am going to start handloading for it though as I have a couple of things I want to try.
It is a great gun. The upsides being that it is phenomenally accurate, pretty decent looking, and has even a better Accutrigger than my other Savages (maybe I just got lucky on that one). My only negatives on it are that it is really heavy - tough for those trekking hunts for varmints and I have had trouble getting my gun to shoot the couple of factory loads I have tried in 40 and 45 grain. Trouble being over .5 inches. I hope to address that one with handloading though.
I do recommend the BTCSS without reservation as long as the use you are considering it for warrants a gun that heavy. Hope this helps.