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.204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby Coyotehunter » Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:12 am

Jamie,
I do not think you will be disspointed in the 204 caliber. We had a lot of favorable comments on our 40 grain boat tail bullet last winter as a good coyote bullet. Certainly more knock down power and pelt friendly from what we have been told. Good choice on the Shilen barrel and some load data for the 204 Ruger with our bullets. Still hoping to make your hunt.
AS WITH ALL RELOADING APPROACH THE MAXIMUM LOADS WITH CAUTION AS ALL RIFLES AND RELOADING TECHNIQUES WILL BE DIFFERENT.
Walt


204 Ruger
Bullet Powder Start Load Approximate Start Velocity Max Load Approximate Max Velocity Max Load Density
30 Grain H4895 19.5 3479 23.1 3980 91.7%
30 Grain VIHT N133 21.5 3321 25.7 3896 98.5%
30 Grain IMR 3031 23.0 3474 27.0 4074 103.6%
30 Grain NORMA 201 23.0 3305 27.2 3921 101.5%
30Grain WIN 748 24.0 3370 28.3 3994 96.5%
30 Grain BL-C(2) 24.5 3337 28.8 3952 97.2%
30 Grain H335 23.5 3359 27.8 3967 93.8%
30 Grain TAC 23.5 3346 27.8 3952 97.2%

204 Ruger
Bullet Powder Start Load Approximate Start Velocity Max Load Approximate Max Velocity Max Load Density
35 Grain H4895 22.0 3158 25.7 3646 97.2%
35 Grain VIHT N133 21.0 3209 24.7 3693 96.7%
35 Grain IMR 3031 22.0 3306 25.8 3852 101.0%
35 Grain NORMA 201 22.0 3144 26.1 3725 99.0%
35 Grain WIN 748 23.0 3214 27.2 3803 94.6%
35 Grain BL-C(2) 23.5 3186 27.6 3752 95.0%
35 Grain AA 2495 22.0 3197 26.2 3819 102.5%
35 Grain TAC 22.5 3185 26.6 3744 94.9%



204 Ruger
Bullet Powder Start Load Approximate Start Velocity Max Load Approximate Max Velocity Max Load Density
40 Grain H4895 21.0 2988 24.8 3475 95.3%
40 Grain VIHT N133 20.0 3029 23.7 3496 94.2%
40 Grain IMR 3031 21.0 3137 24.8 3660 98.6%
40 Grain NORMA 201 21.5 3050 25.2 3556 97.4%
40 Grain WIN 748 22.5 3168 26.2 3624 92.6%
40 Grain H414 24.0 2917 28.3 3484 100.0%
40 Grain AA 2495 21.5 3112 25.1 3619 99.7%
40 Grain VIHT N135 21.5 3054 25.5 3577 101.3%


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby Dcoy » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:38 pm

A powder you rarely see mentioned with the 204 is IMR 4320.A friend was experimenting with powders n loads for his n tried some old 4320 we had.Wow!The 35 berger with 29 grains of 4320 is very accurate in my rifle.Running about 3950fps.
Small hole on paper n on yotes.3 this morning. :D
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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby Coyotehunter » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:51 am

I have been using the IMR 3031 with the 35 gr. Flat base Berger for years with great results.


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby dpoperngr » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:06 am

Anybody loading a 32 gr V-Max with H335?


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby Coyotehunter » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:52 pm

Nope I have not tried that combo....not a fan of the 32 gr. Vmax. Are you using that on coyotes...if so what velocity are you loading at.


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby dpoperngr » Sat Feb 28, 2015 4:11 am

Yes, I'm loading it for coyotes. Just got a load developed. 28.3 grns h335. Haven't cronographed it yet. Plan to do that today. Will advise.


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby Coyotehunter » Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:23 am

Barrel length, brand and twist?


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby dpoperngr » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:55 pm

It's a Howa Axiom.
I believe the barrel is 20".
1 in 12 twist.
Chronographed at an average
of 3091 fps.
It shot about a dime size group
at 100.


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby dpoperngr » Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:05 pm

Howa recommended that bullet specifically for that rifle.


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Re: .204 LOADS from Walt Berger

Postby Coyotehunter » Mon Mar 02, 2015 9:16 am

Seems very low velocity. I was getting 4200 fps out of the factory 32 gr. Hornady loads


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