Tell us about yourself...

General discussion and information about the .204 Ruger.
hogan
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.204 Ruger Guns: Mossberg MVP

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by hogan » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:48 am

First off, I have been lurking here for a few months after I finally bought my 204.
I am from Viroqua, Wisconsin in the center of trout heaven.
Originally from central Iowa, I moved to Wisconsin in 1993 and retired a month ago at age 60.
I retired early so I could pursue the things I enjoy, hunting and fishing. Recently took up coyote hunting again so my hunting season never ends. I owned a 22-250 yrs ago which I sold out of need to buy groceries.
Recently I had been struggling with making up my mind about which critter glitter to buy, another 22-250 or a 204. My brother made up my mind for me by selling me a rifle he had just won at a pheasants forever banquet. A Mossberg MVP varmint in 204 Ruger. I have never been a big Mossberg fan but the price was right and it flat out shoots.
Just received my dies and a funnel small enough to fit the 20 ca. neck. Still playing with different loads and will keep you guys updated with load info.
I look forward to swapping stories with everyone.

Hogan

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Bill K
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.204 Ruger Guns: also now, a Savage switch bull barrel in 204R. 23 inch SS
Location: Lake Forest, Ca.

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Bill K » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:58 am

Well welcome Hogan.. You will really enjoy your 204 R. Various loads are shown in the 204 R load date and also on the Hodgdon Data site.. A very good powder to work with in your rifle/cartridge is CFE 223 along with the 32 grain Nosler, Hornady tipped bullets especially. For a lot of general varmint shooting, the 34 grain Midsouth varmint nitemares as a very good buy and will allow you plenty of shooting, with some lower bullet cost. Looking forward to you posting results on your find. Bill K

ShortMagPirate
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.204 Ruger Guns: None yet

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by ShortMagPirate » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:40 pm

Hello,
Another new guy. Long time Ruger fan and shooter, but I've never owned a Varmint rifle of any caliber. Looking to pick up my first, a Savage in .204 Ruger.
Looking forward to learning as much as can about shooting little teeny bullets at little teeny critters!

Bill K
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.204 Ruger Guns: also now, a Savage switch bull barrel in 204R. 23 inch SS
Location: Lake Forest, Ca.

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Bill K » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:01 am

Welcome ShortMagprirate first off. You will enjoy the small calibers. The 204R will get you started just fine. However, in time you must add either/or both a 17 and another 20 cal. i.e. the 20 VT or SCC. A couple of them with the 204R are just all in order, it seems. Looking forward to your posts and photos of the firearms and pictures of some varmint/critter hits. Bill K

Gamikatsu
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.204 Ruger Guns: CZ-527 Varming Kevlar/HS

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Gamikatsu » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:41 pm

Hello!

My Name Is Edward. I'm just North west of Pittsburgh, single father of two girls (full custody). I am a Lifelong shooter, hunter, AVID fisherman, and tournament Pro Staff Catfisherman for my local Bait Shop. We fish for Trophy class Flathead catfish in the Ohio River and surrounding tributaries. As far as shooting experience, I have been shooting BB guns since i was 5, Hunting since i was about 12, and I have always been a precision shooter. I was into archery, but a shoulder injury keeps me from doing such. I currently reload, and absolutly LOVE it. I have a Forster Coax press, RCBS scale and case trimmer. I use Forster Ultra Micrometer bullet seating die, and hornady full length die on .30-06. I will very soon be loading for the .204. I have in the past loaded for .223, .22-250, .243, 7mm mag, .30-06, and .300 WM. We will see what the future holds! I am really looking at getting a Rem 700 Sendero in 7mm mag, my LGS has a 1990's era Sendero, in GREAT condition, and i want to use that to get into 1000 yard shooting.

Well, Thats about it for now. Thanks!

Jim White
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.204 Ruger Guns: CZ-527, Remington 700 VLTHSS

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Jim White » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:15 pm

It sounds like you have a wealth of experience reloading and I'll be looking forwarding to reading about it. There is a wealth of help and knowledge here especially for the 204 but others as well.

Welcome,

Jim

VANAMAL
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.204 Ruger Guns: None yet

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by VANAMAL » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:55 pm

Thanks for the add and all the wonderfull info. Im a gun nut and ill be buying my first .204 soon. Still a little confused with models and scopes but enjoy learning all i can. I have a cz 452 in 17 hmr.3-4 lever action rifles, several shotguns, 4 1911s in 45 acp,and some other stuff. Im thinking rem 700 sps,cz 527,savage 12,or tikka t3 varmint for my first

Jim White
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Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Jim White » Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:21 pm

Those that have the ones you mentioned rave about them so you probably won't go wrong with any of them...Jim

fuzznose
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.204 Ruger Guns: Savage 11 XP Trophy Hunter, Left Handed

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by fuzznose » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:56 pm

Name is Joe. I picked up my Savage left-handed M-11 in .204 Ruger this morning. Have not yet taken it to the range as it needed to be cleaned. However, first thing I did was ask questions about inserting and removing the bolt, since this is my first bolt gun. When I got home, I pulled out the manual and read over that. The manual describes 3 different release mechanisms - bottom release, hinge-bottom, and side release. I'm guessing that since the box magazine drops from the bottom, obviously a bottom release. This will be primarily a benchrest gun, as I don't hunt. It came with a Nikon scope already attached, as well. I probably won't be at the range before the next few days, as it's a busy time right now. You'd think when you were retired, you'd have all the time in the world, but my weeks are pretty full.

jsh
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.204 Ruger Guns: Encore, savage LRPV

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by jsh » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:59 pm

Hello folks.
I have lurked around here a bit tinkering with a MGM 204 encore barrel. It is hardly broken in, about 100 rounds through it now. I doubt there will be another hundred put through it. I got the bug and got it bad. Got a new unfired take off for my LRPV. Before I got it swapped out I ran across a lightly used 204 barrel for another savage, small shank. It was a 223 and had not made me happy.
The Encore barrel I acquired from an older gent that had health issue and he went back to his 17 Hornet. He had another bolt gun that was chambered in 204 as well. He gave me a bunch of 204 brass and a pile of 17HH brass, around 1500 between the two, he doesn't reload so it was all once fired.
I finished the break in on the Encore barrel and it kind of sat.
I had been playing an informal 22rf benchrest game for a couple of years. Heavy, light heavy and sporter classes. I had plenty of ammo but other guys didn't, so that dried up. I just couldn't seem to be happy shooting match grade 22rf ammo at paper for what replacement cost was. So I kept a few 22rf rifles and swapped the rest off.
That was the beginning of my jump into sub calibers for the most part. Traded two Winchesters for a CZ 527 in 17 hornet. Then swapped into a 22 hornet as well. That in turn brought me back into the 204.
I still shoot IHMSA, but not near as much as I used too. Still have all the "tools" for that.
Tinkered with some long range center fire, another savage,308 F/TR. F class is really taking off, even around here.
Also shoot a bit of informal trap.
Play the bullseye game as well.
I find that thing called a job interfears with my hobbies.
I load or have loaded for right around a hundred different cartridges at some time or another.
I am also a bullet caster.
I have a bad weakness for revolvers.
Somone once said only accurate rifles are interesting. I would have to agree. But I am a sucker for a deal,along with giving a mistreated diamond in the rough a good honest home. Who in their right mind would buy a Remington 788, rebarreled and single fed in 444 Marlin?
Before you ask, yes I did a bit of research and it left the factory as a 44 mag in it original form.
Another oddity, was the 8mm-06 and a 30 Luft built on commercial Mauser actions. Lol,and before that was a Navy arms Enfield in 45-70.
What can I say, I don't have any adult supervision.
Jeff

bloc
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.204 Ruger Guns: Savage FCV

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by bloc » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:52 pm

Hi! My name is Brian and my on-screen identifier is bloc.

I've been shooting for over 60 years (pistols, revolvers, shotguns and a variety of CF and RF rifles). I'm a reloader and have been since I was 10. My first CF rifle was a .32-40 Win, my second a bastardized/butchered Mod. 98 8mm Mauser. I did not reload for the .32-40, but self-taught myself to load the 8mm with the old Lyman 310 tong tool and an old Pacific scale.

Since retiring, my passion has become shooting ground squirrels and my GS rifles include of a couple of RFs (.22 CZ and .17 HMR Anschutz . . . the latter being a surprise gift from my bride on the occasion of our 50th anniversary), a couple of .223s (Stevens 200 with Boyds stock and Rifle Basix trigger and a Savage LRPV) a .225 Win (yes, a .225, with a 1:14 twist) and a .243 Savage LRP.

Which brings me to my new Savage .204 FCV. I've mounted a Nightforce SHV 5-20 scope on it and I'm presently working up loads for it. So far, it hates 32 grain VMax and BTs, but loves 35 Bergers and 39 SBKs.

Can't wait for next spring and those pesky ground squirrels!

Jim White
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.204 Ruger Guns: CZ-527, Remington 700 VLTHSS

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Jim White » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:40 pm

Pardoner, you're one of the first that I've heard that your 204 didn't like 32 grain pills. Mine also like the 35 Berger & the 39 SBK.

Jim

Bill K
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.204 Ruger Guns: also now, a Savage switch bull barrel in 204R. 23 inch SS
Location: Lake Forest, Ca.

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Bill K » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:55 am

Had the same thought on the 32 grain bullets. Never heard of a 204 or any 20 caliber, that did not like the 32 & 39 grain bullets. And as you, Jim, stated the 35 grain Berger. With the right powder combo, all those will usually shoot very nice groups. Wonder how many loads combinations were tried, before giving up on the 32 grain. Bill K

bloc
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.204 Ruger Guns: Savage FCV

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by bloc » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:58 am

Good question Bill. I fully expected the VMax to shoot well, and was disappointed. The 40 grain VMax is great in every one of my .22 CF rifles.

Below are (some of) my records, and I now notice I only have one in which I used the Nosler BT. I'll need to revisit that. (It pays to mine the records we so carefully keep . . .).

32 VMax 28 H4895 (3) shots 0.43 in Too Hot
32 VMax 27.2 Benchmark 5 shots 1.40 in
32 VMax 22.5 IMR 4198 5 shots 1.11 in
32 NosBT 23.2 LT-32 5 shots 1.05 in
32 VMax 23.2 LT-32 5 shots 1.07 in
32 VMax 27.5 H4895 5 shots 1.48 in
32 VMax 27.5 H4895 5 shots 1.47 in

35 Berger 22.2 IMR 4198 5 shots 0.60 in
35 Berger 24.4 Benchmark 5 shots 0.70 in
35 Berger 28.5 Varget 5 shots 1.31 in
35 Berger 22.0 IMR 4198 5 shots 0.34 in

So now I'll need to load some of those NBTs!

Thanks.

Brian

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Bill K
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.204 Ruger Guns: also now, a Savage switch bull barrel in 204R. 23 inch SS
Location: Lake Forest, Ca.

Re: Tell us about yourself...

Post by Bill K » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:27 am

Brian. Just out of curiosity what twist is your rifle ? Could it be a 1/14 by chance. I have gone to a 1/11 in all my 20's, and it just seems that works fine with 32-39 grainers. Bill K

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