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#6063544 - 12/02/15 07:19 PM 204 ruger
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Anyone shoot one? What kind of speed are you getting? I'm thinking about doing a build in that caliber. Tikka action, bartlein barrel and mcmillan stock.
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#6063571 - 12/02/15 07:28 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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Buddy went from a .22-250 to a .204 chasing the speed demon. After multiple coyotes walked off after being hit with it, he went to a .243

Personally I wouldn't waste the money building a custom .204
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#6063602 - 12/02/15 07:41 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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Never checked the speed on one and don't own one. My fav coyote gun is a 17 Remington that is fast, 4250fps with a 25gr bullet. So far every yote that gun has shot 40 to 300 yards has been DRT head shot, chest shot or gut shot doesn't seem to matter. Not a long range gun though what I like about it to 325 yards just aim at the yote MPBR for a yote size critter is about that yardage.
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#6063603 - 12/02/15 07:41 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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204 seems to have died out rather fast

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#6063619 - 12/02/15 07:50 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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I used to have a savage. With hand loads coming in close to 4000 it was a tack driver. Fun to play with but it wouldn't be my first choice. I would take a 22-250 or small screaming fast 6mm first.

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#6063630 - 12/02/15 07:55 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: wburke2010]
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I have a 23" inch contender barrel in 204 and have taken hogs and deer out to 200 yds, have not lost an animal. I use the hornady 32 gr, very accurate.

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#6063796 - 12/02/15 09:15 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Buddy went from a .22-250 to a .204 chasing the speed demon. After multiple coyotes walked off after being hit with it, he went to a .243

Personally I wouldn't waste the money building a custom .204


Agreed, go with a .243
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#6063857 - 12/02/15 09:43 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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I have both a .204 Ruger in Ruger No.1 and a Tac 20(.223 case necked down with blown out shoulder) in AR platform and both are accurate and do a decent job on predators with minimal fur damage if that is important.
Had the Tac 20 for several years now and killed a lot of critters and still use it occasionally when saving fur.
The biggest drawback for me in all the 20 calibers is lack of bullet variety. I really only trust one bullet which is the 35gr Berger.
The Vmax/Blitzking plastic tipped are fine for prairie dogs and Rock Chucks but you will have issues with Coyotes if you shoot enough. Here is the AR Tac 20.

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#6063864 - 12/02/15 09:46 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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If building you might consider the .22 Creedmoor, too.
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#6063880 - 12/02/15 09:53 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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Since in the OP you mentioned speed if the 20 caliber is calling then look at the 20-250 or 20BR with fast twisted barrel and jump on up to the 55gr Berger...higher BC and laser like trajectory.
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#6064667 - 12/03/15 12:28 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: FiremanJG]
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Originally Posted By: FiremanJG
Buddy went from a .22-250 to a .204 chasing the speed demon. After multiple coyotes walked off after being hit with it, he went to a .243

Personally I wouldn't waste the money building a custom .204


WHAT BULLET WAS HE USING... .204 is bar none my favorite "little" round... I've never seen a coyote or cat move once they were hit. The thing goes off like a hand grenade and flies like a laser...

I would LOVE to have .204 custom built, but I need to get a 30 cal done first

edit- velocity is going to be 3500+... hand loaders have been known to break 4k


Edited by catslayer (12/03/15 12:31 PM)
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#6064737 - 12/03/15 01:06 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: catslayer]
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I have no idea, just reporting what he told me shooting coyotes in the vitals. It really made him miss his .22-250. Which by the way, is fast enough for me!
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#6064773 - 12/03/15 01:28 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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Should have mentioned this will mainly be used for prairie dogs.
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#6064811 - 12/03/15 01:46 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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Factory Hornady Superormance 32gr is 4225fps..would take a tough yote to run off from that. Should be great for pdogs.

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#6064851 - 12/03/15 02:11 PM Re: 204 ruger [Re: caddokiller]
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If mainly for prairie dogs don't forget to put wind into the equation.
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