204 or 22/250

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Chrissmith0881
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204 or 22/250

Post by Chrissmith0881 » 17 Sep 2018, 20:25

Thinking of another rifle either 204 or 22/250 just wondering people's opinions on the 2

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by phoenix » 17 Sep 2018, 21:24

You'll get strong opinions for and against both
Some folk love the 204, others (including a game keeper pal of mine) absolutely hated it. He recently managed to seel it and immediately bought a 22-250
In Scotland, the 22-250 far outnumbers the 204 because up here a 22-250 is roe deer legal while, to all intents and purposes, the 204 is not.
Personally I use a 22-250 and absolutely love it, but since I've never used a 204 I can't say how I'd feel about it

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by Kevgun » 17 Sep 2018, 22:02

22.250 without a doubt apart from a 220 swift it’s the most powerful .22 you can get
Ammo off the shelf is easy to get if you don’t reload and it’s as flat as a 204

If you run the figures through a ballistic app you’ll see it’s as flat as a 204 with a lot more knock down, shot a lot of foxes with mine and no runners yet touch wood.

Nothing wrong with a 204 though but for me 22.250

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by Andrew2235 » 17 Sep 2018, 22:10

Never shot a 204 I am a 22250 man if you load your own you can load 40gr up 65 gr bullets the 40gr will do 4000 feet per sec the 204 is 38 or 40gr 204 is slower the 22 250 is hard hitting not much recoil you pull the trigger and see it fall over fast and flat most people use 50 or 55gr bullets and very

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by Ttocs » 17 Sep 2018, 23:22

Depends what you want it for, I’ve had both at the same time.
If you want to shoot deer in Scotland (I think you can shoot muntys in England too) then the 22-250; its a top foxing rifle too. However, if you want it just as a foxing rifle, the 204 or .20 practical/Vartag will do the just the same job. Foxes really can’t tell the difference.
The 204 is quieter, has less recoil and the ammo is cheaper in both factory or home load. Both the 22-250 and 204 are very accurate rounds.
In the end I sold the 22-250 and kept the 204 because I shoot mainly foxes and the odd rabbit. I feel more comfortable with the lighter bullets as they fragment better/smaller on impact making them marginally safer. The 22-250 has since been replaced by a 17 Rem ; I didn’t dislike the 22-250, it was Just more than I needed.
If I was a deer shooter, the 204 would probably have been replaced by a 243. Ironically, the 243 was originally developed as a foxing round.
Someone will be along soon to say the 204 round is too light for foxes and there are too many bullet ‘splashes’. I’ve used the 204 for several years and quite a few foxes now and I’ve only had a couple of runners; this I’m sure is down to inadvertent poor shot placement; the so called ‘splashes’, where there’s an entry wound the size of a cricket ball, result in the fox hitting the ground immediately or within just a few yards.
Someone will also be along, I’m sure, to say ‘222 or 223 are better choices.

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by Chrissmith0881 » 18 Sep 2018, 10:26

It would be for a dedicated nv foxing rifle. I have a 223 at the min which i dont really get on with so not an option and my drone is on my 243 which i want back with a day scope on for shooting deer. So took it down to these 2 calibres as my next option.

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by poppy mae » 18 Sep 2018, 11:31

I ve been using a Sako 24 inch barrel 204 now for a couple of years shooting 32g superperformance , absolute joy to shoot , to be honest never shot past 300yds in the dark , drops foxes no problem , now sports a drone 10x/srx laser combo , was originally set up on a Tikka 223 1-8 twist , shoots ok , but much prefer the 204 , probably just me , plus i dont hunt deer . So much so enquired about having the Tikka rebarrelled in 204 , feo ok with it and enquired about cost pretty reasonable for a semi custom job on it , to make it my daytime set up , people probably think im nuts , but i do like the 204 ruger.....

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by bobjs » 18 Sep 2018, 11:58

been using a 20 tactical for 5 years and love it,

1.5" high at 100 and flat to 260 yards point and shoot, slap on top the best there is ( a drone 10 x) and you will never look back,

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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by bobjs » 18 Sep 2018, 11:58

been using a 20 tactical for 5 years and love it,

1.5" high at 100 and flat to 260 yards point and shoot, slap on top the best there is ( a drone 10 x) and you will never look back,

bob.

23gr rl 10x
lapua brass
cci primer 39/40 bullet

works every time
known by many. liked by some. hated by a few.what would you do,who cares lets get out shooting
WARNING: LUPUS IS A KILLER, lets support them in the need to find out what it is, what causes it and how do we defeat it.

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Chrissmith0881
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Re: 204 or 22/250

Post by Chrissmith0881 » 18 Sep 2018, 15:01

Would it be possible to have my 223 rebarreled in 204 then? And roughly how much might that cost if i can?

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