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Is anyone out there reloading for this caliber.  Or does anyone know where you can find some good info to reload?  
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32 GR. HDY V-MAX  32  Varget  .204"  2.250"  27.0  3557  38,300 PSI  29.0C  3798  47,400 PSI     
32 GR. HDY V-MAX  32  BL-C(2)  .204"  2.250"  28.5  3772  43,000 PSI  30.7  4081  55,500 PSI     
32 GR. HDY V-MAX  32  H335  .204"  2.250"  26.0  3703  40,600 PSI  28.3  4044  54,800 PSI     
32 GR. HDY V-MAX  32  H4895  .204"  2.250"  27.0  3669  40,500 PSI  29.0C  3980  51,100 PSI     
32 GR. HDY V-MAX  32  Benchmark  .204"  2.250"  26.0  3770  45,500 PSI  28.0  4047  57,100 PSI     
32 GR. HDY V-MAX  32  H322  .204"  2.250"  25.5  3826  48,300 PSI  27.5  4030  56,400 PSI     
35 GR. BER HP  35  Varget  .204"  2.240"  28.0  3705  48,300 PSI  29.0C  3812  53,100 PSI     
35 GR. BER HP  35  BL-C(2)  .204"  2.240"  28.5  3734  47,200 PSI  30.7  3937  54,900 PSI     
35 GR. BER HP  35  H335  .204"  2.240"  25.5  3665  45,400 PSI  27.5  3915  56,600 PSI     
35 GR. BER HP  35  H4895  .204"  2.240"  26.0  3576  42,200 PSI  28.2C  3910  55,700 PSI     
35 GR. BER HP  35  Benchmark  .204"  2.240"  25.0  3590  44,100 PSI  26.6  3863  56,600 PSI     
35 GR. BER HP  35  H322  .204"  2.240"  24.0  3586  45,600 PSI  26.3  3828  55,400 PSI     
40 GR. HDY V-MAX  40  Varget  .204"  2.250"  26.0  3395  44,100 PSI  28.1C  3647  55,100 PSI     
40 GR. HDY V-MAX  40  BL-C(2)  .204"  2.250"  28.0  3569  47,300 PSI  30.0  3774  56,200 PSI     
40 GR. HDY V-MAX  40  H335  .204" 
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load for a 26 varmit remington and CZ -just be glad brass is available and you don't have to fireform 222mag. brass.

the 29 gr. H335 32 load in the remington shoots an easy 4200 fps.

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Good info on the .204, Dale!

 

Do you have one?

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The CZ in the sporter with a vx11 6-18 target dot, and a rem varmit laminated- 6.5x20 vari Leo.

204 is probably the best varmit rd. ever been invented.

question -- what is the difference between a 40 gr, 204 at 3800 fps and 40 gr. .224 22.250 at 3800 fps.

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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

question -- what is the difference between a 40 gr, 204 at 3800 fps and 40 gr. .224 22.250 at 3800 fps.

 

Higher BC in the .204, given the same style bullet, due to same weight at a little smaller dia.

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10 grs of powder (an a little on the BC)
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Worked up the following load this weekend for my Sako 75 Varmint .204 with pretty good results:

 

39 gr. Sierra BlitzKing

25.7 gr. Benchmark

CCI BR4

2.260" COAL

 

5 shot groups, 100 yds...

 

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nice groups!!! what kind of fps you gettin???
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I dunno about the FPS; I don't have a chrono anymore.  Based on the data, velocity of this load should be in the neighborhood of 3700.
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according to the ballistics on federal's web page the .204 with a 39 gr bullet lags slightly behind the 22-250 with a 40 gr bullet until 300yds then the tables turn in favor of the .204 in both speed and energy. i think my next rifle will be a savage preditor hunter in a .204 now that i look at the ballistics, i was going to buy a 222 in a 788 at a  gun show this fall or winter but i think i will save my shekles and buy a the savage and get a nice scope for it.
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the 204 easily dups the 22.250 with 10 grs. less powder, less barrel heat (wear) less ka-boom, ease of reloading, you will like it.
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the thii like my old 788 but i dont hardly shoot it, so its almost hard to justify buying another varmint rifle, but it would be a cool round to own, but doesnt it use small rifle primers??
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uses 222 remington mag cases necked to 20 with a 204 stamp on the end. small rifle primers. consider it an inate need kind of thing.
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ah i hate small primers, they vanish in my fat fingers, its the same reason i hated loading the 22k hornet and 218 bee for my old man, like i said i dont shoot my 22-250 anywhere near as much as i would like but when you only have 8 months to make a years worth of wages, sundays are about  the only time off i have so until things change varmint rifles will sit on the back burner for me and deer rifles will be my main priority, so maybe the 260 should be my next purchase.
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don't agree -- only need one good deer, antelope, goat,sheep  but need many pd,rock chuck,target,crow,magpie,squirrel,pigeon,clay pigeon, rifles.
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Had a chance to use my .204 for the first time on prairie dogs this past weekend.  DEVASTATING round on the little rats!  Flat shooting... super accurate... low enough recoil to spot your shots in the scope at long range... doesn't heat barrels as fast as other rounds of the same velocity... impressive performance for the relatively low volume of powder used... pretty much everything you'd want in a varmint rifle cartridge!  I think a very good argument can be made for it being the best varmint cartridge EVER... and that's saying a lot!  The only area where I think the .22-250 may have it beat is when the .22-250 is stoked with 50gr. and heavier bullets for larger varmints like 'yotes.  With these larger bullets, the .204 won't match the .22-250's energy numbers.  The .204 Ruger is an excellent cartridge in all respects!

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Originally posted by Dale Clifford Dale Clifford wrote:

don't agree -- only need one good deer, antelope, goat,sheep  but need many pd,rock chuck,target,crow,magpie,squirrel,pigeon,clay pigeon, rifles.

 

you ever see what 90 gr hollow point out of a 300 win mag does to said varmints??

something like that, i like having big guns around, grand dad was into those smaller ones dale i think you and him would have got along pretty well shooting the 2r lovell and the 219 ackley improved zipper. i like stuff that lets you know you pulled the trigger i enjoy getting the snot kicked out of me buy that damn 300wsm.

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On a side note, one other thing I noticed on this most recent trip, RE: .204 vs. .22-250 is that my buddy's .22-250 with 55 gr. Ballistic Tips had noticeably greater "splat" factor out past about 400 yards than my .204 w/ 39 gr. bullets, although the .204 was just as flat shooting and my particular rifle seemed to be a tad more accurate than his.  Again, I can't say enough good stuff about this little round!
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off topic here-- but with the development of the .204 and 223AI -- I can't believe manufactures of 22.250 are sittin on their guns, with the outdated 12 to 14 twist rates they offer with the many .224 bullets about 70 grs now offered. and even worse making the .233 WSSM with only a 1 in 9 twist rate. boy for a remingtion varmit 22.250 with a 1-7 twist rate with 75 gr Amaxs.

and yes I would like to have messed around with some of those early rounds

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i forgot to mention the 22.16.60 stevens as well as the 22 k hornet and 218 bee
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rifledude thanks for all the comments and i really like the chart you left.  I still havent hand loaded my .204 yet though.  I bought six boxes of 32 grain hornady bullets and was waiting for those to get shot up which will probably happen this weekend.  I have a savage with a stainless steel heavy barrel and accutrigger, it is such a fun gun to shoot.  Like you said pd's are so fun to shoot with it with the little recoil you can watch those little suckers fly in the air after you wack one.  Cant wait for coyote hunting with it, they should be getting close to prime pretty quickly.
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Good deal, Sneaky!  Keep us posted on your adventures with the .204, friend.
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