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Old 05-11-2004, 07:22 PM
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What does everyone think of the new calliber? Does anyone have this new calliber yet or shot it? If so what do you think of it.
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Old 05-11-2004, 09:40 PM
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I have one on order and can't wait to give it a whirl. Alot of folks are saying they don't see a need for another varmint cartridge but I say lets have some more
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Old 05-12-2004, 10:22 AM
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I like the concept but wonder about this little .20 caliber bullet bucking the wind...but I said the same thing about the .17 HMR and it seems to be doing very well
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Old 05-15-2004, 08:19 AM
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I just wonder if the 204 Ruger caliber has anything to do with the year 2004 and to celebrate there 40th anniversary and they had to do something special?
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Old 05-15-2004, 01:06 PM
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I just wonder if the 204 Ruger caliber has anything to do with the year 2004 and to celebrate there 40th anniversary and they had to do something special?
I doubt if the year had anything to do with the 204 Ruger cartridge.Unless I'm misunderstanding you. Ruger will celebrate 55 years in the firearms business this year (1949-2004).The 40th Anniversary you are probably talking about is their little 10-22 rifle which is 40 years old this year.
I'm sure the 204 is going to be a good cartridge,however I don't think we need a new caliber to fill in all the tiny gaps there are.There are allot of small calibers that have been proven. The 204 Ruger will be up against allot of competition.
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Old 05-15-2004, 05:31 PM
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R-R , no you didn’t misunderstand me about the year... I just find it funny that Ruger would come up with 204 cartridge and just so happens to be the year of 2004. Like you said” it will be up against of allot of competition and to have another caliber to fill in the gap” Hum, just to come out with a 204 cartridge , I wonder why ??
I was also talking about the 40th anniversary and just realized as you mentioned it was on the 10-22. This really has nothing to do with the 204. I just got my information mixed up
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Old 05-15-2004, 05:58 PM
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R-R , no you didn’t misunderstand me about the year... I just find it funny that Ruger would come up with 204 cartridge and just so happens to be the year of 2004.
I was also talking about the 40th anniversary and just realized as you mentioned it was on the 10-22. This really has nothing to do with the 204. I just got my information mixed up
Trailer,You could have something there. I never paid attention to it.That is odd a 204 in 2004.I wonder if Ruger did that purposely.Ruger has been coming out with allot of anniversary models in the last 5 years.The 50th MKII then the 50th Single Six then this year the 40th 10-22.The 40th anniversary 10-22 is really nothing special.It's the standard 10-22 with a hardwood stock with a medallion embedded in the stock.They are making a special 40th Anniversary 10-22 magazine. They are clear instead of the black ones.The 40th comes with a black and a clear magazine.The NRA/WBR MKII appears to have been a big seller. I look for more Ruger anniversary models to follow.

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Old 05-16-2004, 10:05 AM
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My understanding of this cartridge is to compete against the the folks out there using the 220swift, 22-250, and the new line of WSSM cartridges on the market. Ruger is claiming as much or more speed w/o the throat erosion and case head pressures associated with the afore mentioned cartridges. Faster that the traditional .223 varmit loadings and better B.C. with more wind bucking ability than the fast .17's.
At least that's how I understand it.
The 204 RUGER shares the same case head and overall length dimensions as the 222 Remington Magnum, but uses a slender new 20 caliber, 32 grain, V-MAX bullet. The 204 RUGER’s bullet has an extremely efficient ballistic coefficient of 0.192 and an amazing muzzle velocity of 4,225 feet per second.

When compared directly with either the 22-250 Remington or the 220 Swift, the 204 RUGER offers higher muzzle velocity and flatter trajectory. Because the 204 RUGER cartridge achieves a higher velocity with less propellant than either the 22-250 Remington or the 220 Swift, this new cartridge does not compromise barrel life. The 204 RUGER also offers lower recoil and muzzle report than comparable high-velocity, sub-caliber ammunition. Its conventional case shape avoids feeding problems and increased rearward bolt thrust associated with short and super short magnum cartridges.
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Old 05-18-2004, 08:32 PM
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I would like to see the ballistics for this gun, im hoping that it might just have the power to beat my friends 22-250, always looking for a little friendly competition!
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:03 PM
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I am just wondering if it is going to be a "fur friendly" round. I currently shoot everything that I want the fur from with my .17 REM but I hate loading those little freakin bullets ( can we say blood blisters?) and factory ammo is lacking to say the least. I think I am going to hold off on the .204 for a while to see what becomes of it and what repaorts come in from the field.
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