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Whats everyone's opinion on a rifle chambered in .204 for coyotes.  There is a Savage heavy barrel at the local sporting goods store that has only had nine shots fired through it and even better it's a left handed rifle, which can be hard to come by sometimes.  They are asking $629 for it.  Just wondering what experiences people have with this gun because its either that or a .22-250.
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I like the little round myself.  I have one in a Sako 75 stainless varmint, and it's been a tackdriver with either the 32 or 40 grain bullets.  I haven't had a chance to shoot anything but paper with it yet, as it's fairly new, but it should be fine for 'yotes, especially with the 40 gr loads.
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Had one in VLS rem. varminter and a cz. outstanding round, much longer barrel life than 22-250, not quite as versatile as say a 223 punched to 233AI with a tight twist. Try to talk them down on the price though, bit on the high end.
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i have one in a remington vssf II.  it's an awesome shooter and an awesome round

 

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Thanks guys for the replies, have either of you two had any experiences with shooting coyotes with your 204.  
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Originally posted by Sneaky Sneaky wrote:

Thanks guys for the replies, have either of you two had any experiences with shooting coyotes with your 204.  

 

i havent had any experiences with the .204 for coyotes but i can tell you i have been around plenty of people who use the .17 remington, and as long as the wind wasnt blowing really hard and as long as the coyote wasnt hanging up @ 400+ yds they can be killed with confidence, i would assume the .204 would qualify for coyotes, i like the 22-250 and the .243 myself but i hunt in windy condition's a lot of times so a heavier bullet is needed.

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Well I finally got my .204 for those of you who remember me bothering you guys about the topic.  I was the first Harris in our family to graduate with a 4 year degree so as a present my parents got me the savage model 12 with laminated stock and stainless steel bull barrel.  I put a Nikon Monarch in 6.5-20X44 (from SWFA) on it and sighted it in today.  I absolutely love this gun, it's the best shooting gun I've owned and I was shooting Hornady in 32 gr.  I can't wait to start reloading this caliber and see what it can really do.  I'll have to post a picture on here soon.  I appreciate everyone's opinion on this site to help make an informed decision.  I've learned so much about optics in the year and a half that I've been coming onto this site, I love it.  
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Congratulations on your new rifle, Sneaky!  You've got a very nice rig!  I look forward to seeing the pics.

 

I still haven't shot anything other than paper with my .204 yet, but I certainly like the accuracy I'm getting, and there's no reason why this round shouldn't be very effective on all varmints up to and including 'yotes.

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Nice caliber and great rifle.  The rifle cartridge should supply ample energy to down coyotes to 400 yards.  The nice thing about the 20 calibers, is that at shorter ranges with high magnification scopes, due to the minimal recoil, you can see you target being hit.  The other 5mm that I would have considered, would have been the 5mm-35 SMc.  I am not entirely sold on the idea of a longer neck and a fatter case and the theoretical physics behind why it is suppose to be superior to the .204, but nevertheless it is a ballistically superior cartridge, but that is also questionable in the real world.  Superior Ballistics, the company behind the caliber and other similar calibers with an ellipidisoidal shoulder takes part of its credit from one shoulder of the Weathterby cartridges, but states that the second shoulder of the Weatherby cartridge makes it the worst design there is.  Of course even today other experts and writers still claim something magical about the double shoulder design of that cartridge and of course the fast burning powders can make up for long slender cartridge slow burn rates.  But, their ideas are interesting.  Let us know more on how you like the caliber after you have worked up some various handloads.  I want to buy one of these two calibers, probably in a Savage, so that information would be helpful to me.
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