I do agree that sticking with the, ie., 224 has been tried and tested and why change a good thing? They've been tried and tested and proven over the years. As far as I can remember, a good friend of mine, with all the shooting he's done over his life, has always stuck with what has been good all along and he's never strayed far.
A friend of mine, as he knows I do alot of varmint hunting, all he's been "trying" to beat into this small brain of mine is, "you need you a .204 caliber rifle!".
It fell on deaf ears for about the past two years and I knew no one that I soot with or hunt with that has, or could give me some "meaning" for the .204 caliber.
I had no intentions of buying one, non the less, one new. I walked into my local GS here a while back and there set up on the counter was this Savage. (always have to see what the "Savage's" are up to)
I have a hard time passing on a good Savage rifle.
(too many now the way it is, lol)
But anyhow, saw this Savage rifle...went back to the counter for a second look, and there it was... .204 Ruger. The thoughts was still in the back of my mind.... "you need you a .204 caliber rifle". Well, with a bit of thoguht and some tradeing, walked out with it. (came out about even with what I had with me)
As I'm not set up to reload yet, the .204 ammo isnt just laying around on every shelf of every GS. Which I knew it wasnt before the deal was made on the rifle, but still was thinking... "you'd think, more folks would have this caliber rifle if it was..uhhh, a popular round". I kinda figured as such but it was a caliber I had yet to own and try.
One thing is for certain, and you're 100% correct on...long range and wind is not your friend...and with most "light" calibers.
I think your friend was onto something as with him forgetting his cleaning rod and attachments and same thing I found out!
Mine has the synthetic stock, but was suprised as per the recoil...sure suprised me or maybe the Savage 12 BVSS in .223 spoiled me rotten!