Originally Posted by BassMan
The .204 Ruger is one of my most favored rifles for shooting all types of rodents.
I use either Hornady or Winchester brass, Hornady 40 grain VMax bullets, CCI #41 primers, and IMR 8208 powder. COAL is adjusted so bullets just touch rifling.
On a good day I can put 5 in one enlarged hole at 100. My rifle has a 1-11 twist.
The IMR 8208 is very temperature stable and I have used this load at 20 degrees (paper) to over 100 degrees.
Velocities are about 3,600 fps with my sub-max Hodgdon load and this is good to up to 400 yards or so.
BassMan, you must have an odd ball 204 (no disrespect meant), a bunch of my buds shoot the 204 and we have all come to the conclusion that the round likes a little jump. We all shoot different makes, mine is an M77 V/T, and they all seem to have a lot of free bore, enough where we can't get up to the rifling and still have a decent amount of the bullet in the case. Consider yourself lucky.
The 204 is one of my favs too, I never get tired of seeing the red mist.
Definitely going to look at the 8208 next time I need powder.
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