Go Back  HuntingNet.com Forums > Firearms Forum > Guns
 Is the Ruger 204 Big enough for Whitetail >

Is the Ruger 204 Big enough for Whitetail

Guns Like firearms themselves, there's a wide variety of opinions on what's the best gun.

Is the Ruger 204 Big enough for Whitetail

Old 10-12-2020, 10:47 AM
  #81  
Boone & Crockett
 
bronko22000's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Eastern PA
Posts: 11,859
Default

I would not encourage anyone to use a .204 for deer. And as a Hunter Trapper educator we strongly tell our students to NEVER take a head shot. Not under any circumstances. Why not? Because we've seen on walks after season with the Game Commission a couple deer a year that did not die from a head shot! These deer starved to death because the slightly misaimed bullet hit the skull and was diverted downward taking off the lower jaw. The poor animals suffered a horrible death either by starvation or being too weak to escape coyotes or bear.
Please don't ever take a head shot.
bronko22000 is offline  
Old 10-12-2020, 06:25 PM
  #82  
Nontypical Buck
 
MudderChuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Germany/Calif.
Posts: 2,371
Default

Originally Posted by bronko22000 View Post
I would not encourage anyone to use a .204 for deer. And as a Hunter Trapper educator we strongly tell our students to NEVER take a head shot. Not under any circumstances. Why not? Because we've seen on walks after season with the Game Commission a couple deer a year that did not die from a head shot! These deer starved to death because the slightly misaimed bullet hit the skull and was diverted downward taking off the lower jaw. The poor animals suffered a horrible death either by starvation or being too weak to escape coyotes or bear.
Please don't ever take a head shot.
I'll second that, I shot a Doe just to put her out of her misery. She was emaciated (skin and bones) and crawled more than she walked. She lived in a ditch and would hide rather than flee, She had a small-caliber bullet lodged in her broken abscessed lower jaw.















MudderChuck is offline  
Old 10-12-2020, 06:31 PM
  #83  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 2,160
Default

look at the posters name, and that about says it all to me!
Just a troll looking to ruffle feathers folks!
anyone with any real experiences and or desire for ethical kills understands having proper fire power to do what is needed for fast consistent clean kills!

as has been said many times before
JUST cause something can be done, doesn't mean you should or make it right to be doing it at all !



mrbb is offline  
Old 10-17-2020, 06:51 AM
  #84  
Nontypical Buck
 
Valorius's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2019
Posts: 1,542
Default

Originally Posted by bronko22000 View Post
I would not encourage anyone to use a .204 for deer. And as a Hunter Trapper educator we strongly tell our students to NEVER take a head shot. Not under any circumstances. Why not? Because we've seen on walks after season with the Game Commission a couple deer a year that did not die from a head shot! These deer starved to death because the slightly misaimed bullet hit the skull and was diverted downward taking off the lower jaw. The poor animals suffered a horrible death either by starvation or being too weak to escape coyotes or bear.
Please don't ever take a head shot.
Out of curiosity, how many deer have you found over the years that died from poorly placed shoulder shots that ended up as gut shots, or missed vitals?

Missing is missing- and in a lot of cases, the problem is actually poor tracking skills as much as anything else.

Just saying.

I would however not use .204 for deer either, but I would not and do not hesitate to use .223. Just know the limitations of your cartridge, and take your shots accordingly.



Valorius is offline  
Old 10-17-2020, 08:09 AM
  #85  
Super Moderator
 
CalHunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Northern California
Posts: 17,493
Default

1 less troll.
CalHunter is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
spuddog
Guns
4
08-21-2008 01:23 PM
ruger357w
Reloading
3
11-27-2007 09:53 AM
rewing
Guns
5
10-09-2003 01:19 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Quick Reply: Is the Ruger 204 Big enough for Whitetail


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.