.204 Ruger - Advice please

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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by scirroco » 10 Jan 2016, 15:04

I shoot a 204, only bought it because i was using a pvs 14,, im moving back to 22.250 , 204 is a good round but it has its limits, i know longer head shoot foxes with 204 with 32 grainers as ive had a couple of bullets breakup on a foxes nose just below eyes, and having to despatch afterwards.
And it definaletly doesnt have the stopping power of a good 22 centrefire at the longer ranges, this is just my observations shooting over 300 foxes in last 2 and half years
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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by rodp » 10 Jan 2016, 17:20

Hmm, I have an empty slot for a 204, got it really to see how it compares to .17hmr on foxes but haven't bothered finding a rifle yet. Having said that though non of my permissions allow really long shots.
Interesting that some don't like them for fox :think:
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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by scirroco » 10 Jan 2016, 17:22

rodp wrote:Hmm, I have an empty slot for a 204, got it really to see how it compares to .17hmr on foxes but haven't bothered finding a rifle yet. Having said that though non of my permissions allow really long shots.
Interesting that some don't like them for fox :think:
A 17 hmr is not even in the same league as a 204 , 204 is waay better and SAFER, 17 hmr is one cal i would never have
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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by rodp » 10 Jan 2016, 17:36

scirroco wrote:
rodp wrote:Hmm, I have an empty slot for a 204, got it really to see how it compares to .17hmr on foxes but haven't bothered finding a rifle yet. Having said that though non of my permissions allow really long shots.
Interesting that some don't like them for fox :think:
A 17 hmr is not even in the same league as a 204 , 204 is waay better and SAFER, 17 hmr is one cal i would never have
Rgds steve

Good to know :thumbup: I'll keep my eyes open to fill the slot then (when the blasted rain stops) :lol: .
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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by thesmi » 10 Jan 2016, 18:04

I have a 204 and find opposite of what ither guy says im finding further shots using 32grainers are alot better at stipoing than the closer shots....closer ones seem to zip through sometimes.

If i was to have a diff cal it would be 22.250

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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by outandabout » 10 Jan 2016, 22:12

You guys are very helpful, thanks for all the replies and advice.

I think I'll try some 40 grain 223 ammo and see if there's a difference. I might also try warbucks' suggestion of a different recoil pad.

I shot a dog fox about an hour ago at just over 100 yards :D and got another one last week. Both were hit squarely and dropped on the spot, so there's nothing wrong with my setup as such - but I do lose the sight picture every time :twisted:

Just want to be confident that when I need to make a follow up shot, I can do so as quickly as possible. Hopefully one of the above adjustments will do the bizz :thumbup:

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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by jackal1 » 11 Jan 2016, 10:26

When i used 40grn ammo in my .223 i still lost sight picture, that was in a Tikka T3 lite. The only rifles i don't lose sight picture with are my .204s and my .17 Hornet which replaced my hmr. I definately lose the sight picture on my .243 and 30/06. However it is certainly worth trying a box of 40grn bullets much cheaper than changing rifles.

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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by warbucks » 11 Jan 2016, 19:27

It just might be worth noting here that if your using night vision you will often loose sight picture after the shot, as the puff of smoke drifts in front of the n/v.

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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by phoenix » 11 Jan 2016, 19:39

I always lost the sight picture with my Drone Pro on the 243 - I assumed muzzle flash
Since I fitted a thermal riflescope, the problem has disappeared.
However, it can be a bit gory when you see gouts of blood and bits flying off a fox when it's hit


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Re: .204 Ruger - Advice please

Post by outandabout » 12 Jan 2016, 12:46

I'm using a photon Dave, so it could well be the smoke blocking my view. Hadn't thought of that...

Bruce, I'm looking forward to using thermal at some point. I bet it's a revelation, especially with what you've seen! :lol: The only barrier at the moment is the cost.

Overall, there's conflicting advice and opinions on the .204 but it's good to find out some good info on the pros and cons. I'll mull it over for a while and not rush into anything.

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