Many AR-15 rifle manufacturers now offer the .204 Ruger as an alternative chambering alongside the usual 5.56×45mm/.223 Rem. Because of a pending resolution to warranty claim (long story), I have been offered a free rifle, either in .204 Ruger or .223 Remington. I use the 22-250 and sometimes the 223 for predator hunting and the 22-250 wins hands down between the two. 204 is a great little round but then so is 223, you could realistically shoot to a much longer range with 223, but you wouldn't really notice it untill about 4 …
Add a little wind (very little wind) and the 22 250 was the superior cartridge.

It's more like the .223 at around 3,200 ft/sec vs the .204 around 4,000 ft/sec, give or take a bit.

A .223 out to 300 yards just has a little more going for it in my experiences. Bill K Senior Member Posts: 1835 Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:00 pm.204 Ruger Guns: also now, a Savage switch bull barrel in 204R.

And more bullet choices. This is a discussion on 204 vs 223 within the Cartridges & Calibers forums, part of the Sniping Related category; Hi, I've read nearly all the review available on the net about the 204 ruger. The Velocity Edge--A .204 Ruger drives a 40-grainer 600 fps faster than a .223 Rem can push the typical 22-Caliber 50gr bullet. I owned a 204 for a while and found that if there was no wind it was indeed an impressive performer. Even though they both have the same overall length and rim diameter, the .204 Ruger has a slightly greater case capacity than the .223 Remington due to the slightly longer case length (1.85″ vs 1.76″) and steeper shoulder angle (30 degrees vs 23 degrees) of the .204 Ruger. When you compare the two bullets of identical weight, The 204 will shoot faster, flatter, and with less wind deflection than a 223. With the 204 Ruger you will get a laser like trajectory but have less oomph when you get out there a ways. I like both and think they both have merit. 32 grains vs. 55?

I'm going to throw my opinion it for what its worth. Having run both for coyotes, I did have a few runners with a .204 and the .223 but for coyotes to 300 yards, a .223 and a 55 grain Vmax is a match made in heaven. This higher velocity produces a flatter trajectory. The advertising for the 204 claims it will out perform the 22 250. I haven't measured throat erosion lately, but the accuracy sure hasn't disappeared, so I'm happy with the .204 Ruger.

If you are going to hand load, the 204 will out run the 223 to a certain point.

These shoot a bit flatter than does the .223 Rem., so no-brainer shooting ranges are a bit longer.

Additionally, grain for grain, 20-Caliber bullets have higher ballistic coefficients than .224 bullets.

I did use the .204 Ruger a wee bit on prairie dogs last summer, but used my Pac-Nor barreled .17 Remington as my main PD rifle. Ruger M77 Mkii VT .204 Jw-15e .22 Winchester Model 37a 12ga Beretta Silver pigeon pump action 12ga Howa 1500 .223 Howa 1500 .30-06

Having shot mainly handgun (.357, .45) and rimfire rifles, I have little experience with centerfire rifles (the only exception is a .357 Marlin 1894c). Thanks for posting this as I have neither of these calibers but I have looked at the .204 Ruger. When I was looking for a pdog upgrade gun for coffees shoot (that I never went on ) I compared the 204 to the 220 Swift to the 22-250 and decided on the 22-250 simply because of the newness of the 204, but all the 204 users offered good reviews.

The same can be said about varmint hunting with the .204 Ruger or the .22-250 Rem.

! My smallest calibers right now are a 22LR, 223, and 22-250. Duh?

Top #1714487 - 11/10/10 04:22 PM Re: .204 vs .223 [ Re: drakeky ] I've talked to a couple of coyote hunters who use the .204 and they seem to think of it as "super zappers". 204 Ruger 40 gr AccuTip 200 yard zero - 500 yard drop = 28.1" 223 Rem.

V-Max loads--4,255 fps!! 204 vs 223. Ballistics is ballistics.

My 223 …


I think the 204 Ruger with 39 grain Sierras are awesome, but if you are shooting big Coyotes a 77 grain nosler or a 75 grain Hornady out of a 223 will anchor a dog quicker and penetrate better. Reference Remington Arms Corporation Catalog 2,008 - page 88! Development.

The .204 Ruger is the most pleasant of these three cartridges to shoot and the most pleasant cartridge included in this article.


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