204 Ruger

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  1. t1guyton1

    t1guyton1 New Member

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    Nov 24, 2009
    I just picked up a new rifle chambered for 204 Ruger. Looks to be a terrific varmint round. Over 4000 feet/second is moving!
    Anyone have any experience with this caliber?
    Anyone reloading this caliber?

    thanks!
     
  2. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    t1 - welcome to the forum.

    Yes to both questions. I have a New England Firearms/H&R Handi Rifle in .204 Ruger that I really like. It shoots very well for a budget priced rifle. I have been loading the .204 since I first bought the rifle. I load a 32 grain Hornady V-max bullet pushed by 27 grains of Varget. I tried 40 grain bullets but they tumbled (key holed) out of the 22 inch barrel.
     

  3. Lee C.

    Lee C. New Member

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    Feb 3, 2010
    Antigo Wi.
    I'm shooting a savage 12fv 26" HB, I did put a McGowen barrel on it, I went to a 11twist barrel and 11degree crown to beable to shot the 40gr. berger bullets better. I'm useing benchmark powder and br4 primers the load is over max so i 'm not going to say what weight of powder i'm useing. But my fps is running at 3860 and it will group in the 1s when i do my job at 100yds. Now this summer i'll be testing the load at 2 & 300yds this summer to see if it well hold up. Have fun with yours they are a fun little gun and very accurate when you fine that load your gun likes.
     
  4. t1guyton1

    t1guyton1 New Member

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    Nov 24, 2009
    Thanks for all of the input!

    I hope to get to the range this week to give this one a try!
     
  5. ryan_marine

    ryan_marine New Member

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    Aug 4, 2004
    Ohio
    Yes to both. Mine is a Ultra Varmiter H&R. 34gn Dog Town bullet with 29gn of blc-2. One ragged hole at 100yrds. Dead on at 200 yrds 12" low at 400yrds.

    Ray
     
  6. t1guyton1

    t1guyton1 New Member

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    Nov 24, 2009
    I need to figure out how to sight in this rifle. Its a Thomas Contender that was ran through the custom shop.
     
  7. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    ryan, I am glad to hear about the one hole with the 34 gr dogtown bullets. I bought some of the 34 grain bullets and reloaded a bunch of brass with them but haven't shot them yet. :)

    t1 - It is Thompson not Thomas, I corrected it above.;) I have been thinking about buying a 14 inch .204 barrel for my Contender. The cheapest one that I have found is $227.95, online. Does yours have a scope or does it have the adjustable iron sights? Is it a rifle barrel or a pistol barrel?
     
  8. t1guyton1

    t1guyton1 New Member

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    Nov 24, 2009
    Thanks for correcting! What good is spell checker!!

    Yes it has a scope. 6 - 24 x 50 with rangefinder. Its also the rifle barrel.
     
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