Powder for .204 Ruger

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by NOODLES, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. NOODLES

    NOODLES Active Member

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    Hello, can anyone tell me what powders they have had the best luck with in the .204 Ruger ?? I have been trying that 8208XBR and the best groups are about 3/4". I am using 32gr. nosler spitzers & nosler "shots" 32grhp. I have a howa heavy bbl 1 in 12 twist. ANY suggestions are a great help, Thanks in advance !!
     
  2. backwoods83

    backwoods83 Well-Known Member

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    I have found that 8208xbr is the best for the 204, but if your rifle is like the ones I load for you will find that it prefers 39grn SBKs and 40grn NBTs, H4895 is just as accurate but about 40-50 fps slower.
     

  3. KPB71

    KPB71 Well-Known Member

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    My really likes 30.2gr BLC-2 and 35gr berger.
     
  4. ilscungilli

    ilscungilli Well-Known Member

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    I use Reloder-10X (24.8 gr) with the 39 gr Sierra Blitzking, Hornady brass, and 205M primers.
     
  5. coyotecrazy

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    I load 28.0 gr of H4895 in a CZ rifle for my brother. 32gr V-Max will shoot into .5in group or less everytime if you do your part.
     
  6. Armed in Utah

    Armed in Utah Well-Known Member

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    Varget & H380 may be considered.......
     
  7. NOODLES

    NOODLES Active Member

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    Thanks for the info. I will try out some of these and let you knowgun)BUT don't let that stop the suggestionslightbulb, every little bit helps. Thanks again
     
  8. Ryan55555

    Ryan55555 Well-Known Member

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    I am using 8208 XBR in my Remington 204. I couldn't get the 32s to shoot all that great, I switched to the Sierra 39 and several powders work with it, 8208, H4895, RL10x.

    If you can I would give the Sierra 39s a go.
     
  9. 6.5Express

    6.5Express Well-Known Member

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    Mine likes imr 4064 with 40 gr v-max and varget with 35 gr berger.
     
  10. 65WSM

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    IMR 8208 is the most stable and consistent powder ever created. Read the story of 8208 on the 6BR website. It will frequently read the same, repeat the same, velocity on back to back shots at nearly 4000 fps on my chronograph. My previous favorite power was VV N-540 for 40 and 39 gr bullets. I have also found it excellent in the 6mm PPC, easily competing with the "standard" of VV N-133 in the benchrest community. Using both 32 and 39 and 40 gr bullets it is also as fast or faster than anything else. I can get 3980 with 39 gr Sierra BlitzKings and 4250, yea you read that right, 4250 with 32 gr Hornady V-Max and Sierra BlitzKings. 26 inch McGowan barrel. The last time I shot was at 300 yds. 1.45 to 2.25 inch groups. I can do better probably with less wind. I have used 27 to 28 gr with the heavier bullets safely in Nosler brass. If I remember 27.3 is the listed max. I use HBN coated bullets so my pressures are mild. With the 32 gr bullets I think the 29 gr max has plenty of pressure. All velocities listed are at 12 feet.

    I have used IMR 3031, 4064, 4895, Benchmark, H335, 2000MR, VV-N133, VV N530, VV N540 Reloader 15, H4895, 10X, With two different .204 Rugers. The powder I want to try is CFE 223. Anybody tried this ball powder?
     
  11. bigmacmonday

    bigmacmonday New Member

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    on the 2000MR what was your load info?
     
  12. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

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    8208 seems to work best for me w/ 32gr. bullets. I have yet to try heavier bullets, but may get to them this year.
     
  13. skyfish25

    skyfish25 Well-Known Member

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    I had the best luck with 8202 with 40 gr V-max and 39 gr Blitz in my Howa Heavy barrel. I've shot over 2k ofthe V-maxs.

    With the 32gr V-max, I had good luck with 8208 and TAC. Did shoot slightly better than the 40gr or 39gr.

    I just installed scope last night as I had it rebarreled after 3k+ rounds. Went with a Shilen 1/10 barrel.

    I also shot the heavier bullets with AA2520 and RL15. All shot better than 1", nothing much better than 1/2" at 100 yards.

    I prefer the 40gr V-max, cost and like the wind drift. But some 1/12 twist won't shoot them. Try the 39gr Sierra's or maybe Nosler 32 gr if the A-max don't shoot for you.
     
  14. 65WSM

    65WSM Well-Known Member

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    I stocked up on the 39gr Sierras because they claim a higher G1 BC. I have shot about half a box of the 40 gr V-Max and was impressed. Have you seen any advantage to the Sierra Blitz over the V-Max at 300 or 400 yards? The V-Max has the sharper ogive but lists a lower BC. I coat all my bullets with HBN.