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Old February 6th, 2017, 03:46 PM   #1
 
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Whats your best .204 load?

I'm always looking to try something different.
My go to load:

40gr V-max
26gr IMR 4895
1.895" COAL
Hornandy case
WW primer
3523 m/v

Its not the fastest, but I can live with .156" 3 shot group at 100yds.


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Old February 6th, 2017, 06:44 PM   #2
 
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I have really good accuracy with the 32 grain Nosler Ballistic-Tip and 26.5 grains of IMR 3031 and a Federal SR Match primer. In my CZ 527, this load shoots at about 1/2 MOA at 100 yards and velocity is about 3985 fps. This is a max load and should be approached from below.
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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.
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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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Happy to see your appreciation for the .204 Ruger.

I have also used CFE .223 and W748 but prefer IMR 8208 when temps can range from the 20's to over 100.

My rifle is a custom job and made to my specs. My COAL is 2.359, case trim length is 1.848. I turn necks to .226. Despite all this fussing my results are sort of equal to yours.

My longest shot was just over 400 yards but on the same day this 15 YO kid made one at just under 450. His dad told me that they bought his scope at Wal Mart the week before.

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