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Unread 01-23-2009, 06:13 AM
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204 vs 17FB

I was looking into getting a med range varmint rifle. I already have a 17HMR, 22LR for short and then a .223 for longer range. I was looking into a good bolt action for 300-400 range. I've pretty much narrowed it down to either the .204 or the new 17 Rem Fireball. I was just wondering if anyone had done a test on a side by side comparison between the two? Has anyone shot both? If so, which do you prefer? I know both are low recoiling, but I want to see impact on my varmint rigs so can you do that with both these rifles? I'm just getting started reloading so I prolly wouldn't reload them for awhile so I'd be using factory ammo to start out with. The main prey would be prairie dogs.
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    Re: 204 vs 17FB

    Check out 6mmbr.com. They have some pretty good articles on the two above mentioned calibers. I enjoy there site for some pretty solid information.

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    I have shot both and I own a 17 fireball. I chronied some 20 gr Rem factory at 4016 fps. I just reloaded some more rounds last night, some 20 gr V-maxs for small varmit and some 25 gr Bergers for yotes. I have poped many P dogs with the 20 v-maxes and you will like what you see through your scope. My rifle is just a used cheap factory 700 varmit with the 26" heavy barrel. On a calm day 300 yard P dogs are easy. I really like this rifle and it has zero recoil.

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    here is one ready to go
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    Damn, the rifle looks sweet, but unfortunately way out of my price range. I'm just looking around right now and am looking prolly at the Remmy 700 varmint or the Savage. I'm trying to save up for a custom rifle turning my old beat up 30-06 into a 6.5x284 Just starting to look now so if BO signs the order I'll have the info and made up my mind and rush out to order it before the law comes into effect lol
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    Damn, the rifle looks sweet, but unfortunately way out of my price range. I'm just looking around right now and am looking prolly at the Remmy 700 varmint or the Savage. I'm trying to save up for a custom rifle turning my old beat up 30-06 into a 6.5x284 Just starting to look now so if BO signs the order I'll have the info and made up my mind and rush out to order it before the law comes into effect lol
    don't forget cooper rifles, they make some great products
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    Re: 204 vs 17FB

    Greywolf: I own both calibers and have Hunted Varmints quite a bit to date with them.
    I now shoot 5 Varmint Rifles in caliber 204 Ruger and one Varminter in 17 Remington Fireball.
    In addition I had a custom Varminter made in caliber 17 MachIV (which is the identical twin to the 17 Remington Fireball) 13 years ago.
    I love BOTH calibers!
    I have Hunted lots of Prairie Dogs with both calibers.
    My newish 17 Remington Fireball Rifle is a splendidly accurate Remington 700 VSF. It shot Remington factory ammunition VERY well indeed!
    My first two groups (each 5 shots at 100 yards) with my new 17 Fireball and factory ammunition measured .533" and .586"!
    All five of my Varminters in 204 Ruger shot Hornady factory ammunition very well also!
    This is an unusual set of circumstances by the way.
    If I had to choose ONE caliber for my Prairie Dog Hunting it would be the 204 Ruger over the 17 Remington Fireball - by a single Badgers hair!
    Best of luck with whichever you choose.
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