Not that the .22-250 is going extinct or anything, but varmint shooters and coyote pelt hunters by the droves have added the 204 Ruger to their batteries. This latest .20-caliber round is based on the .222 Remington Magnum case and provides high velocity with low recoil, allocating some common ground with the .22 to 250 hot rod. I had way too many baseball size exit holes with the 22-250. Let me show you the numbers: At 300 yards the 22-250 has 562.5 ft-lbs and the .204 Ruger has 513.4 ft-lbs. Posts: 10,638. With 32gr bullets, Ruger claims the round is the fastest factory cartridge in any caliber. Even from 300+ yds. Re: .204 Ruger vs. .22-250 « Reply #7 on: October 09, 2009, 12:22:14 am » My gun-tard-ness is eroding as I flip through the pages of Cartridges of the World 12th Edition. The .22/250 would be my choice. Been shooting a 22-250 the last 10 yrs, but picked up a 204 in Ruger predator this past year as I understood it to be more fur friendly. I think if its speeding that fast a little yote bone ain't gonna stop it. Compare the ballistics below from remington's web site & decide for yourself. 204 vs. 22-250...my $0.02 worth: For larger predators such as coyotes at most common ranges, or rockchucks or eastern groundhogs past the 400 yard mark, hands down the .22-250. To me the difference between the .204 with 40's and the .22-.250 with 53's is not that great. I don't know anyone who uses 40 grain bullets in a .22-250. But people are saying if you hit bone its gonna stop. The cartridge is a centerfire rifle shell casing based off the .222 Remington Magnum design with a small rifle primer. The 204 40gr vs the 22-250 50gr seem to be best ballistics on paper. I am new to coyote hunting, I currently own a stevens model 200 in .22-250, but I am wanting to upgrade rifles. The 22-250 has a bigger variety of loads but .204 ammo seems easier to come by in this ammo shortage era. The .22-250 comes close in performance but is much easier on the barrel. The .204 Ruger is based on the 222 Remington Magnum case, necked down to 20 Caliber. I have Purchased a righthand thrumbhole stock and have used it. it was originally a wildcat that has beeen adopted by the factories. I owned a 204 for a while and found that if there was no wind it was indeed an impressive performer. But for the smaller varmints such as ground squirrels or prairie dogs and the high volume shooting such varmints entail, then it's the 204 Ruger. I have been looking at the two different calibers in the title lately and have been wondering what the real big differences of the rounds are. Does the .204 Ruger compare favorably to the .22 centerfires? The 204 appears to be fairly faster than the 22-250 & but is less in energy at 100-200 yards but becomes much closer in energy at 300 yards plus. The .204 is said to be far less a barrel burner than you might think. Characteristics. The 204 is the way to go if your going to be set up with a slow twist barrel. This is one of the .204's selling points as marketed by Ruger and Hornady. My calculation doesn't quite see the 204 as an overbore. Participant. Essential Facts About the Best .204 Ruger Rifle Ruger works together with Hornady to introduce a brand-new cartridge. Factory ammo isn't just everywhere, but is more readily available than the .204 in my experience. The .204 Ruger was designed in 2004 by Ruger and Hornady manufacturers. I am well aware of custom tight twist 22 cal barrels being able to stretch effective ranges with heavy bullets. Randy Wieland. If you already own a 22-250, and were looking to buy a new rifle for fox/coyote hunting which would you prefer, a 204 ruger or a 22-250? Re: 204 vs 22-250 Post by Guy M » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:42 pm Must admit I although I expected the .204 to out-shine the .223, I didn't expect it to hold with the .22-250, yet in … The cartridge is at it's best trajectory/energy out to 500 yards with a 52-55 grain bullet. What formula did you use to determine that the .204 Ruger was an overbore capacity cartridge? 204 Ruger, 40grn V-Max, 4100fps-Energy at 500 yards-454 pounds 22-250,40grn V-Max, 4400fps-Energy at 500 yards-323 pounds Once again, the 204 Ruger is actually flatter shooting with more energy on target than the 22-250 when using the .22 cal 40grn V-Max or 50grn V-Max. The .22-250 and .220 Swift were the premier varmint cartridges since the 60s. I really like the 204 because it is the fasted thing out there. bullet, albeit very slight, is that it has bit more ft-lbs of energy. RE: .204 Ruger vs. .22-250 Rem.? Or course my 6.5 is more accurate than either. The bottom 2 lines are 204 ballistics. I would choose the 22-250 over the .204 and just factor in barrel life. Completely agree. Post by Rick in Oregon » Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:06 pm POP: Hotshot basically laid it out, but also keep in mind that if you need a decent amount of energy at a long range target (long range here may be over 350 yds. bullet has over the .204 Ruger 32 gr. Only the European 5.6×50mm Magnum is larger, which itself is a lengthened version of the 222 Remington Magnum. I am not a gun expert when it comes to ballistics so that is why I am asking all of you guys. I use the .22-250 and a .223, the .22-250 has the longest range capability. Well, with equal bullet weights, my favorite .22-250 Remington can beat the muzzle velocity of the .204 Ruger, but the Ruger will pull away from the .22-250 at longer ranges due to the superior ballistic coefficient. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk I mean, is it worth leaving the universally celebrated .224-inch bore diameter? Add a little wind (very little wind) and the 22 250 was the superior cartridge. Excellent go-between from the Hornet class cartridges and the .22-250. I would much prefer a .204 Ruger having a 1-12 twist or 1-11 twist than a .22-.250 with a 1-14 that would be too slow for the 53 Vamax's. People who love the .204 Ruger love to make bad comparisons, just to make their round look equal to or better than the .22-250. Small caliber does less damage to pelts retaining their value..222 Remington Magnum case gives handloaders plenty of capacity in which to work. 51 posts • Page 1 of 4 • 1, 2, 3, 4.204 vs .223 vs .22-250. by rhino » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:22 am . Though the 204 Ruger can match the 22-250 trajectory with 15-20gr lighter bullet and 15gr less powder being burned, they are still very different. I just saw a used CZ in .204 Ruger on the classifieds here a week ago for $450 a heck of a deal on an outstanding rifle! The .204 Ruger is the second largest casing in its class behind the 5.6x50 Magnum. the first one was a 38 pound female at 215 yards and it … Page 1 of 4 - .204 vs .22-250 - posted in Guns, Loads, Optics and Gear for Varmint Hunting: hey guys I am very new to the forum and wanted to post my first real question. The .204 Ruger is nipping at the heels of the venerable .22-250, challenging it as the favorite cartridge of savvy long-range varmint and predator hunters. My 223 … I have a 204 and a 223 and both do a great job I recently just killed my first 2 dog with my 204 using 39gr sierra blitzking and must say was very impressed. makes a 55 grain .20 caliber bullet that has a BC around .381. probably not going to make it in a 204 at that price 223 or 22-250 in savages stevens/edge/axis or whatever they call them now will fit your budget well. Here we are shooting a .204 and .22-250, both savage mdl 12's at a steel target. That being said assuming a 22-250 has a factory standard 1 in 12 or 1 in 14 twist. Any time you are using a cartridge which is slightly over bore (read 204 Ruger, 220 Swift, 22-250 Rem), you are going to have barrel life as a concern. I like the 223 because it is cheap and can do anything the 22-250 can do as long as you keep your shots shorter. I am looking at the savage model 25 LV-T, it seems to be a good deal for everything you get. It shoots similarly flat with less noise, less recoil, and less pelt damage than its .22 caliber predecessor. The .220 Swift can be hard on the barrel due to the high velocity. 204 Ruger vs 223 vs 22-250.? Re: .22-250 vs .204 Ruger vs .22 Hornet The .22-250 is one of the largest factory offerings in .22 cal. 204 has been good for close range, but lacks in the longer distances. The trajectory of this 204 Ruger is often compared to that of the 22-250 Remington. The 32 grain ammo chrony at 3962 fps. The 204 Ruger was developed from the .222 Remington Magnum, which has the second largest case capacity in the family that began with the .222 Remington. No question. WI. The only advantage the 22-250 40 gr. THis is at 4500 feet elevation and at 52 degrees temp. A .22-.250 with 68's is better in the wind but a … Moderators: Coyotehunter, Prairie Ghost. .204 vs .223 vs .22-250. As is the most accurate gun I own, a .220 Swift. Berger (and maybe others as well?) Several pencil entries with no exit. I mostly pick my .204 with 39s over my ‘250 or Swift, as the light recoil usually guarantees watching hits (or misses) through the scope, although the report is surprisingly about as loud as the .22s. Using a 3-9x Luepold scope I have gotten 1 1/4 inch grups at 100 yards using Hornady 32 grain ammo. .204 Ruger Contender I recently purchased a .204 Ruger 23 inch barrel. I'd look at the Remington VSSF that's what my .22/250 is. .204 Ruger Introduced in 2004 by Hornady and Ruger, the .204 Ruger is the only 20-Caliber cartridge offered as factory-loaded finished ammunition. Got Tech. A 40 grain .204 pushed fast enough will run with a 55 .22-250, even better it in the wind, btw. Hi im new to the forum I was wondering if anyone had any opinions on the .204 vs the .22-250 for coyote hunting. Ballistics of the .22-250 with the recoil of the .223. December 18, 2014 at 8:28 am #1485602.223 if you are shooting at 200+yrds. The advertising for the 204 claims it will out perform the 22 250. They say this is because it takes less charge to motivate the small bullit. or maybe? ), then a 55gr bullet from a Swift of 22-250 … My .204 is more accurate than my 22-250 but I attribute that to the heavy vs. pencil barrel. info, loads, tips, trouble shooting, here is the spot. Lebanon. It is. Of three you mentioned it has the most muzzle blast and recoil. 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