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A 40gr. bullet at 4000Fps. I want one!!
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rifledude has one, and im thinking sddog does as well.
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3 guys i groundhog hunt with have them. they are flat as can be out to 350yds. one guy pushes his to 650 or so pretty easy depending on wind.
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I had a Remmy in .204 Ruger a couple of years ago. It was a screamer, and quite accurate. I no longer have it but may get another. 
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As Pyro mentioned, I have one, and I absolutely love it!  With 39SBK and Benchmark, I'm getting tiny little bughole groups out of my Sako 75 Varmint.  I use mine for prairie dogs and song dogs, and from what I've seen, it virtually duplicates .22-250 terminal effects out to 300 yds or so.  Besides the superb accuracy I'm getting, the other thing I like about it is I can spot my own shots on PDs at long range because it has so little recoil.  Even the very light recoil from the fast .22s causes enough rifle movement to move your target out of the scope's FOV at high magnification.
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I think that'll be my next purchase. I'm in need of a varmint rifle. I'll just use my favorite excuse. "But honey its its for the zombie apocalypse"
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Are you thinking of a bolt rifle or a semi auto?
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I too have a Rem 700 in .204. I absolutely love it and it shoots some amazing groups. I have had a lot of fun with it and at 600 yards on steel it is addicting. Here is a 5 shot group @ 100 yards with mine next to a dime. It was still stock at the time wore a Minox 4-20 and the trigger had a little creep. It now wears a HS Precision stock, timney trigger, a SS5-20X50 and is one of my favorite guns I own.  
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I'm still waiting. Smile
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I had a savage in 204. It was a shooter. That is one of the rifle I actually should have keep.
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Originally posted by 3_tens 3_tens wrote:

I'm still waiting. Smile


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Originally posted by Bigdaddy0381 Bigdaddy0381 wrote:

I had a savage in 204. It was a shooter. That is one of the rifle I actually should have keep.
 
It still is Smile
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My dad has a .204 savage... loves it. It is very versatile cartridge he uses it for mule deer because of medical reasons.

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Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

My dad has a .204 savage... loves it. It is very versatile cartridge he uses it for mule deer because of medical reasons.
 
Huh???
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As mentioned in this thread, the .204 is a fine varmint cartridge.
 
 
Do not use a .204 for deer hunting (especially mule deer hunting).  It was specifically designed with explosive performance on small varmint targets in mind.  Obviously, a small frangible bullet at high velocity is not a great recipe for success on big game.
 
 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

My dad has a .204 savage... loves it. It is very versatile cartridge he uses it for mule deer because of medical reasons.
 
Huh???


My thoughts exactly!
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.204 is legal in SD to deer hunt with. The only reason he uses it is he had a quad by-pass a couple years ago he can't shoot a rifle with any recoil.
He has shot a few deer with it I was suprised how it puts them down. All of them went down in a few feet or in their tracks.
Would not be my pick but, works for him.
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Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

The only reason he uses it is he had a quad by-pass a couple years ago he can't shoot a rifle with any recoil.

But....he can drag the animal out of the woods, clean it and process it?? Or are you tasked with that? 

Rustic, the more I know about you, the less I understand.....
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:


Originally posted by rustic rustic wrote:

The only reason he uses it is he had a quad by-pass a couple years ago he can't shoot a rifle with any recoil.

But....he can drag the animal out of the woods, clean it and process it?? Or are you tasked with that? 

Rustic, the more I know about you, the less I understand.....


Ya, I do all of that for him I also do the same for my brother who was crippled in Iraq.
I figure I owe it to them.
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OK. Sorry your brother was wounded and your Fathers sick. 

That said, shooting a .204 because of the lack of felt recoil and the fact that it's legal in your state, is still a pretty thin argument...IMO. I guess if it were me, I'd just not hunt big game anymore if all I could handle was a .204. 

  
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

OK. Sorry your brother was wounded and your Fathers sick. 

That said, shooting a .204 because of the lack of felt recoil and the fact that it's legal in your state, is still a pretty thin argument...IMO. I guess if it were me, I'd just not hunt big game anymore if all I could handle was a .204. 

  


I am not going tell him he can't hunt anymore... I would never hear the end of it anyway he wouldn't listen anyways.
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I have a .204 Ruger - a Ruger MKII.
 
My rifle has a 1-11 twist McGowen barrel, 22 inches long and same contour as the Ruger factory barrel.
 
It shoots clover leaf groups at 100 and comes close to duplicating .22-.250 trajectories (53 gr .224 VMax) up to 400 yds. My velocites are about 3,600 fps using 27.7 gr of IMR 8208 with a 40 gr .204 VMax. I use CCI 450 primers. I have never used any other combination so I can't make any comparisons. I have read that a 1-12 twist might not be fast enough for some 40 gr .204 bullets.
 
I wish the magazine box on my rifle was about .1 inch longer as I think it would load and feed better.
 
Performance on rodent type varmints up to 8 pounds or so is OK but not as spectacular as the .22-.250. Recoil of the .204 is light but just enough on my light weight rifle to prevent me from spotting my hits. Using a #4 or #5 or equivalent 26 inch long barrel would enable hit spotting.
 
I am told that barrel life of the .204 R is good because of small powder charges. I have no plans to replace my .22-250 with the .204 because I have more confidence in the .22 for coyotes.
 
Cheap to shoot - 7000/27.7 or over 250 rounds per pound of 8208 and $17 per 100 40 gr bullets.
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    I own a .204 as well.   Mine is a Howa 1500 Varmint. I replaced the cheap Hogue stock with a Bell and Carlson and installed a Timney trigger. It's easily the most accurate gun I own. I use the same load as Rifledude stated above. 39 gr Sierra Blitzkings and Benchmark. You won't go wrong with a Howa. If you shop you can pick one up for around 400.
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Love my CZ 527 American in .204 Ruger.  It wears a 6-18x50 Swarovski and is easily the most accurate rifle in my gun safe.  The 40gr Vmax are so so in my rifle so I have switched to the 35gr Berger or the 39gr Sierras.  I did lose a coyote with it shooting the 35gr Bergers.  I am not sure but I may have hit the front shoulder.  It was a solid hit and the dog went down but when we walked out to where he was he was gone.  To dark to track him and my hunting partner wasn't interested in tracking him any further than we already had.  I am hoping the 39gr Sierras will do better. 
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