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A friend has a 204 AR, it is something!  I've seen what it does to coyotes and pigs, none of which survived the confrontation.

It is a great caliber, and ammo is fairly cheap and very flat shooting.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

A friend has a 204 AR, it is something!  I've seen what it does to coyotes and pigs, none of which survived the confrontation.

It is a great caliber, and ammo is fairly cheap and very flat shooting.

How big were some of the hogs that were whacked, RC? Distances? 
I'd love to have a .204, but thought, maybe prematurely, that it would be small for an animal the size of a hog.  
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Hogs were 50-75 pounds, holes were dramatic, distance was 100 yards or in.

I was impressed.

I'll see if I can find a picture of exit wounds.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

Hogs were 50-75 pounds, holes were dramatic, distance was 100 yards or in.

I was impressed.

I'll see if I can find a picture of exit wounds.

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Picture too gory for posting in a public forum, I posted it elsewhere for CT.

He'll admit, the bullet was quite effective.
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I hadn't heard of this cartridge until this thread. Thanks!

Anyone know what Nikon scopes savage is including with their rifles?  It can't be very good for the price?


I'm thinking the lightweight var might be a better route.  It's prettier.
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I'd guess it's a Nikon Prostaff. 
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Originally posted by djp0623 djp0623 wrote:

I hadn't heard of this cartridge until this thread. Thanks!

Anyone know what Nikon scopes savage is including with their rifles?  It can't be very good for the price?


I'm thinking the lightweight var might be a better route.  It's prettier.


 I would rather purchase the rifle and pick my own scope than take what they think I should have.
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I was thinking more about selling the scope.
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Originally posted by djp0623 djp0623 wrote:

I was thinking more about selling the scope.


I would think you would not get what you paid for it by reselling it.
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Think I'll get me a Savage in .204 next go around. 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Think I'll get me a Savage in .204 next go around. 

Which one would you look at?  
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Pred Hunter. They offer one in a LH model now, I'm told. 
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Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Think I'll get me a .204 next go around. 


Great decision!  I'm so proud of you!

Gettin' all misty-eyed now...
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Originally posted by RifleDude RifleDude wrote:

Originally posted by cheaptrick cheaptrick wrote:

Think I'll get me a .204 next go around. 


Great decision!  I'm so proud of you!

Gettin' all misty-eyed now...

Your recommendations are always spot on, Ted. 

Might try the Mod 12 VLP, even though it's a righty. 
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HowdyNewbie "Rainman" here so hello to everyone.  Mine is also a light weight CZ 527 American (curly maple limited run) with an older 8x Vari-X III that consistently shoots .40 five shot groups with my Sierra 39gr hand loads from a bench at 100 yards.  The H B SS Ruger No. 1 I sold to a buddy has repeatedly printed five shot 100 yard groups a tick below .30 with the same loads for both of us.  Both dependent on how we are shooting on any given day.  We shoot P D's and ground squirrels out to 400 yards or a bit more (practical limit for my light CZ is closer to 300 yard).  Recoil is so mild you can watch hits through your scope and younger, better shooters than us with better setups go well beyond 400 yards-a real flat shooting caliber though wind sensitive.  Factory velocity ratings seem to be attainable for 32 grain loads out of 26" barrels but pulling 4K out of 39/40 gr bullets with safe hand loads is illusive.  I just sold a .22-250 Kimber 84 Varminter and when I get another H B varmint repeater it will be .204.  You won't regret this caliber choice unless maybe you are going for extreme ranges.
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Welcome to OT, Rainman!

My experience exactly with the .204, also using 39 gr. Sierras (BK).  I too use it a lot for shooting prairie dogs, and being able to spot your shots in the scope combined with high velocity and superb precision doesn't suck.  I'm a huge .204 fan!
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My brother has a Ruger 77 in .204. Nice cartridge in a nice rifle other than the terrible trigger. I keep trying to get him to buy a Timney for it but he's to cheep.
As stated above very effective on coyotes.
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Originally posted by Chris Farris II Chris Farris II wrote:

I too have a Rem 700 in .204. I absolutely love it and it shoots some amazing groups. I have had a lot of fun with it and at 600 yards on steel it is addicting. Here is a 5 shot group @ 100 yards with mine next to a dime. It was still stock at the time wore a Minox 4-20 and the trigger had a little creep. It now wears a HS Precision stock, timney trigger, a SS5-20X50 and is one of my favorite guns I own.  
No wonder it shoots tiny groups. Look at those little bullet holes! I've shot one shot groups bigger than that! Bucky
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