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Well, went into the local gun store this afternoon on the way to get dinner.  Had a DPMS in .223 with 20" barrel.  Talked to the guy about it and then ask, "What else do you got, anything in .204?"  Don't think so, but lets look.  Move down the counter and he goes, hhmmm, when did this get here?  Pulls one out in .204.  Barrel is 24".  Longer than I wanted but all I could find in .204.  It is currently at the office.  It is in need of some optics.   Where should I go looking???Bucky


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Nice rifle!  I suppose somebody around here can point you in the right direction on a scope.Wink
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24" barrel will a .204 reach that far.Hiding
Do you prefer Dial up or BCD?   Might be a place for the new SS 3-9


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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

24" barrel will a .204 reach that far.Hiding
Do you prefer Dial up or BCD?   Might be a place for the new SS 3-9


I think me might make it down the tube Wink.  Shot a friends .204 rem 700 and it seemed to work just fine.  I thought of the ss 3-9 but most of the time my variable scopes stay on 10x or 12x. 
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Great news, John!!!  Thunbs Up
 
From our previous conversations, I believe that's pretty much exactly what you were looking for!  As you know, I LOVE the .204 Ruger cartridge!  Very explosive on PD's and very accurate (at least it has been for me)!
 
Keep us posted on how she shoots and how you like the rifle overall!Big Grin
 
 
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nice rig enjoy it i weighted 9 months for mine.  that was 6 months longer than what dpms said it would take... so my brother in law bought it after i ordered a less bear in .204 love both of them.
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sweet stick john!! 
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Thanks guys.  Need to decide on some glass and we will have ourselves a range report.
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For mounting a scope on it, consider the SSALT



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Well, get a JARD trigger put in finally.  2lb 2 stage.  Big improvement over the factory trigger.  Now need to get to the range to confirm suspicions.
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Very nice!
 
 
 
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With what scope did you finally top it?


I have no experience with .204, good for critters? 
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No dedicate scope yet.  Dad bought each of us boys a Vortex crossfire for Christmas and it rides currently, but not sold on it as the perfect fit.  Will work for load development.

.204 is an excellent varmint round.
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Hows the wind mess that round compared to a 223

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Will have to find out.  Just got an AR in .223.   Primary p-dog gun is my .22-250 with 55gr BT.  Friend has the .204 that we load with 40gr v-max.  To 3-350 yards, hard to tell the difference in the field.  .204 is fast.
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

Hows the wind mess that round compared to a 223

 
My experience with 39 gr bullets in my .204 tells me they are LESS affected by wind than .223 with 50 gr bullets of the same design.  The .204 39 gr has a bit higher BC than .224 50 gr.
 
The .204 is very explosive on small varmints, and works fine for predators as well.  It is also very flat shooting and accurate, yet despite it's impressive velocity, it isn't any harder on barrels than a .223, since it uses essentially the same amount of powder as a .223.  Anything you'd use a .22-250 for, you can also use .204, except with less powder and longer barrel life.  .204 is a winner in my book!!!


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Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

Will have to find out.  Just got an AR in .223.   Primary p-dog gun is my .22-250 with 55gr BT.  Friend has the .204 that we load with 40gr v-max.  To 3-350 yards, hard to tell the difference in the field.  .204 is fast.
 
My experience as well on p-dogs.  Basically anything .22-250 will do, .204 will do.  With frangible varmint BB's, it creates the same impressive red mist where a p-dog once stood that .22-250 does.
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Thanks for that Ted..... good to know
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I would ditch that rifle all together! I know this guy about 86.4 miles southwest of you that would probably take it off your hands..........Of course it's used, and only worth about half what you paid now.Bucky 
 
Nice stick John! I'm very intrigued about the .204. Is it worth looking into if I already have a .22-250?
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I think so.  I was looking for a 2nd gun to take p-dogn, and I shot a friend's .204.  Was very impressed by it.  Hardly any recoil, and since you like your .300 Wby, the only way you will know that it has gone off is the pop.  Low recoil is nice to watch the results down range, and it will produce results.  Fairly cheap to reload too.  Cost is around .30 a shell not counting brass.  Reload Brandon's .204 with 27 gr of Reloader 15, 40 gr v-max and CCI 400 primer.
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The time to target is less on the .204 so the wind has much less time to redirect the bullet path than the same shot with a .223.
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Originally posted by SD Dog SD Dog wrote:

I think so.  I was looking for a 2nd gun to take p-dogn, and I shot a friend's .204.  Was very impressed by it.  Hardly any recoil, and since you like your .300 Wby, the only way you will know that it has gone off is the pop.  Low recoil is nice to watch the results down range, and it will produce results.  Fairly cheap to reload too.  Cost is around .30 a shell not counting brass.  Reload Brandon's .204 with 27 gr of Reloader 15, 40 gr v-max and CCI 400 primer.
 
I agree wholeheartedly.  There's something to be said about being able to spot your shots in the scope.  Even with a very mild recoiling rifle, it doesn't take much of a jolt to move your target out of the sight picture when your scope is set on relatively high power.  On top of that, .204 will give you longer barrel life than .22-250, with essentially the same down range results.  I've quickly fallen in love with the .204; it's my favorite varmint round!  So much fun to shoot!  It's like the best of both worlds -- performance of a .22-250 with barrel life and powder consumption of a .223.
 
Of all the loads I've tried, my rifle likes 25.7 gr Benchmark, 39 gr SBK, CCI BR4 primers best.  Though I've had great accuracy with several loads, that load produces such fantastic accuracy (sub- 0.5 MOA) I haven't seen the need to experiment with anything else.
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you guys are gonna mess around and make me go out and buy a 204!

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how does the .204 deal with wind compared to the .224 stuff??
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