204 Ruger Question

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by northhike, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. northhike

    northhike New Member

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    This seems like a great round, but don't know much about it. Anyone out there shoot it? Do you like it? Pro's/Cons?
     
  2. jpattersonnh

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    I had an old friend that passed away. He shot a CZ527 in .204. He could drop a coyote out to 350 yards.
     

  3. Muliemaster

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    Im not into it, this imho tho an only mine, its a fast pretty flat shootin yote buster but the cost for those that dont reload is just well to high to volume shoot. Plenty of punch for any small game, has become a pretty common round easy to buy ammo, very min recoil so all day shooting is a breeze. I have an old remington in 22/250 as well as a .204 but just dont grab the 204 much. Poor lil thing wants to play but I dont let it out much. Im just stuck on my ol 22/250
     
  4. Muliemaster

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    After alot of shootin it tho the only con is the price of ammo for those that dont reload. In that case the .223 is best bet
     
  5. kingrider

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    It's a wonderful little round with 0 recoil! Pretty cool to be able to watch your impacts through the scope. Yea you can find 223 ammo cheaper but it's as cheap and in some cases cheaper than 22-250, and definitely cheaper than 220 swift. If a guy owns a good 223 or 250 I wouldn't say the 204 is a must, but I love mine and carry it as much as the others!
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i like my Remington M700 in 204 Ruger! very fast and flat shooting. little recoil and easy to reload. doesn't require a large amount of powder to exceed 4000 FPS muzzle velocity. i use mine for target shooting, but it's an excellent round for varmint hunting at reasonable ranges. quite a few rifles are chambered in this round, so there are many choices to be made.
     
  7. Muliemaster

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    Ughhhh a 204 fan phewwwwyyyyy sorry axxe the 22/250 is better lol
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i agree that the 22-250 is better. able to exceed the distances of the 204 using a bit heavier bullet. but the 204 is a very accurate round that has next to no recoil, and is a lot of fun to shoot. if used one for hunting, i would probably lean towards the 22-250. the 204 is a niche round that's just a nice round that's fun to shoot and good for varmint hunting at reasonable distances. also if you reload, there are much more bullet choices for the 22-250 than the 204.
     
  9. JonM

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    its a decent round under about 250 yards. once you get past 200 or so it starts dropping like a rock. its purely a short range bullet. friend of mine has a savage in 204 its fun to shoot but 223 is a better round
     
  10. Muliemaster

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    I fell for a 204 but just shoot it much im still stuck to my 22/250 nuthing wrong with a 204 tho
     
  11. Muliemaster

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    I fully agree the 223 is better the 204 is also to expensive to shoot in volume when compared to the 223
     
  12. sarg1c

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    Yes, I really like my .204, and yes, as with anything else, less expensive if you reload, but I reload rounds not really available locally. I like the 39 grain softpoint and 40 grain softpoints.... .only v-Max i like is the 32gr.
     
  13. Muliemaster

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    The reason I said expensive in bulk shooting is some dont reload, I load as well, with that said the 223 is way cheaper than all but the .17 hmr to shoot. The 204 is ok, but its a niche caliber. I had to have one but just dont use it like my 22/250. But it is a great round I was joking to AXXE thats all.
     
  14. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i agree with the 204 being a niche round, not really doing something that can't be accomplished with what was already available, eg:; the 223, 22-250, 22 Swift, 222 Rem. Mag, or even the 17 Rem. but as a niche round, it's fun to shoot and reload for.

    like Mulie, i just had to have one! i have many calibers that in some ways are just shooters and that i just enjoy shooting for the pure fun of it.
     
  15. Muliemaster

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    Damn new stuff that comes out, always have that gotta have me sticker put on it huh
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i know what you mean! :eek:

    that new 17 WSM coming out has my name all over it!:D
     
  17. Marlinman

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    I'm gonna rechamber a savage 93R17 bvss for this cartridge if I can get my hands on the ammo to spec it out.
     
  18. tuck2

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    Some have limited experience but have a right to their openion. Take a look at a Rifle Ballistics table that can be found in Hornady, Remington, Federal and other cartridge cataloges. With rifles sited in at 200 yards per the Hornady table the 204 32 Gr bullet is 4.1 In low at 300 Yds. The 40 Gr bullet is 5.5 inches low at 300 Yds thats fired from a 223 Rem rifle. The same 40 Gr bullet fired a 22-250 Rem is 4.5 In low at 300 Yds. The table also list the ft/lb of energy of the bullets at various yards. Reloaders can use a bullet that is best for the varmints hunted and which is the most accurate in their rifle. But every rifle is different , the most accurate reload for my 17 Rem uses on the low side powder charge while my 17 Fireball uses a powder charge on the high side . There is very little difference in the MV when using the same grain bullet per my crony. I live in prairie dog country and started shooting them in 1949 with a 22 RF rifle. I have shot them with 17HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Fireball, 17 Rem, 204 Ruger, 22 LR RF, 22WMR, 22 Hornet, 221 Fireball, 222 Rem, 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 220 Swift, 243 Win, and some of my big game rifles. I will be getting a 17 Hornet and the new Winchester 17 MRF when they become available. I reload ammo for my centerfire rifles. If I could have only one rifle for p dog shooting it would be the 204 Ruger, for a 2nd rifle a 17 HMR. If I expected to see a Yote the 220 Swift would also be with me, but the 204 with 39 Gr bullet can do fine for the range I could see them at.
     
  19. sarg1c

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    I agree with you guys on the .204 One of my favorite cartridges and love to reload for it... As axxe 55 states not a lot it will do that cannot be done with something else, so why such a following on the .308, A .30-06 can do what it will, SOOO. who realy cares, I like both, .204 and .308., I like the .17HMR but want a .17 Hornet or even a .17 WSM. but it makes my .17 no less one of my favorite ....
     
  20. kingrider

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    I was sure glad to own the 204ruger today. Stopped at every gun store within 10 miles of the house including cabelas and gander looking for 223 bullets and none were to be found. Most everyone had plenty of 20 cal. Pills!!! Maybe that's the 204's niche? If so I'm all right with that.
     
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