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Location: central, IL
Joined: 11/19/2006
Posts: 82
.204 Ruger or .223 Remington
Jonathan wrote:
To all of those who think the .204 is not a round to be shooting in the wind, you should check the ballistic coefficient of the 39 gr. bullet and compare it to the 53 gr. .223
Believe it or not, they shoot better as they have a lower ballistic coefficient and are able to shuck the wind better.
I shoot both rounds and I don't worry about the wind with either round. It is all part of hunting. The wind will blow your 120 gr. .30 cal bullet further off than either the .204 or the .223 It is all about knowing your rifle and ammo.

actually...you want a HIGHER ballistic Coefficient in high winds.

A bullet with a high BC will go longer, faster, better than one with a low BC since it will retain its velocity better. and it will do better with the wind....BUT ITS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR...a higher BC does not mean better wind res ALL THE TIME.

204 vs 223 from a BC point of view will depend on how its loaded and with what. 223 gives more flexibility in my opinion, so thats what I would go with. I don't imagine you'd see a huge difference between the two performance wise...so I'd go with something practical.

the highest BC i can find for a .204 is about .295 (50gr hpbt)
the highest BC for 223 i can find is .511 (90gr HPBT)....not commonly factory loaded...but if you do your own it's feasible. these are what some of the guys i know use for shooting in NRA High Power matches with AR15s. they have to loaded singly into the rifle because they don't fit the mag! I stick to 77 and under on my match gun since they fit normally.

I've have seen factory loads up to 77gr for .223 which gives a BC of about .372

.223 can be loaded from approx 40gr to 90gr.
.204 can be loaded from approx 30gr to 50gr

honestly though....while i favor the flexibility of the .223 over the .204.....you'll do just fine with either....so don't dwell on it too much

Location: new brunswick
Joined: 12/07/2006
Posts: 423
.204 Ruger or .223 Remington

Another vote for the 22-250.....the 223 doesn't hold a candle to it ballistically! If your a fur hunter thats worried about damage well then maybe get a 223, but if your just helping the deer population like i am then the 250 is the only answer....DROPS EM HARD!! Thumbs up

Joined: 10/19/2008
Posts: 9
.204 Ruger or .223 Remington

scrap the H-R and get a savage you will love the accu-trigger

Location: Northern WI
Joined: 12/21/2008
Posts: 38
.204 Ruger or .223 Remington

I use a Ruger Mini-14 and off the shelf Wolf .223 plastic tipped varmint rounds for all of my coyote hunting, I consistently dropped them at 250+ yds when I lived in eastern Colorado and have used the same set up here in the northwoods at shorter distances and heavier cover. My gun is topped with either a NcStar 3-9X with a lighted reticle or an ATN night vision sope for all nighters. The ammo is fast, cheap and you can get it almost anywhere.

The H-R may not be a tack driver but a single shot demands good hunting skills along with good shooting skills. I just bought a Rossi heavy barrel .223 Rem single shot and I'm setting it up now. Single shot rifles are for real men!

I also carry some 55 gr FMJ rds in case a wild rampaging gray squirrel charges me at point blank range. Ya can't be too careful out there!

Never bring a knife to a gunfight

P.S. I sell the pelts to help finance my addiction...

P.S.S. Use a laser boresight cartidge (about $40) if you change optics a lot. Saves time and ammo and I've had good luck with the accuracy.

Location: Montana
Joined: 10/24/2006
Posts: 449
.204 Ruger or .223 Remington

223 and 22 250 and 220 swift for me Yes