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#6373701 - 04/05/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: Oregonyotebuster]  
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I find the 204 not fussy... Benchmark did well in mine...but it does well in a lot of cartridges...

AR Comp was the accuracy winner in mine tho...


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#6374940 - 04/05/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: Oregonyotebuster]  
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Originally Posted by Oregonyotebuster
I see nobody is shooting Benchmark? I have had really good luck with it in the 204



Benchmark is my second choice, after H-322, as noted above. I run my loads a bit under max most of the time, so my Benchmark load is a bit milder than that H-322 stuff. Accuracy isn't quite as good in my rifles, either, but more than adequate to smack a rat or several...... AA2230C is also on my "short list" of excellent powders for the .204, but since it's no longer available, there's no point in recommending it to anyone.

Gawdawful shame 2230C is no longer around, it shoots well, and doesn't heat up a barrel as fast as the two stick powders. I like it bunches, but there's only about 5 pounds left, so I use it sparingly now.


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#6404804 - 04/13/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: ratsmacker]  
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i havnt tryed 8208. i was planning to but win 748 shot 1/4 inch then i tryed some old h 4895 (cardbord can) it drills little tiny holes in paper. (cooper 21)

#6424633 - 04/19/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: Spotshooter]  
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I have some Zmax loaded up, but haven't tested 'em yet. Hoping I get 4,000 fps and good accuracy w/8208. Seems like a good powder. Kinda like mini-Varget.

#6464263 - 05/02/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: Spotshooter]  
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Tried IMR 8208 it didn't give top accuracy. My go to powder with 26 to 32 grain bullets, including lead free Varmint Grenade and Nosler BT Lead free is Reloader 10x. Groups around .25" at 100 yards, velocity is 4,085 fps in a 1:12" twist, 4,110 fps in a 1:8.5" twist barrel. Both shoot well with 25.2 grains in my barrels (Shilen & Pac-Nor). Winchester brass, Federal match or Remington 7-1/2 BR primers. For the heaviest bullets, 50 grain and above, I use Varget.

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#6466573 - 05/02/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: ratsmacker]  
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Originally Posted by ratsmacker
Originally Posted by Oregonyotebuster
I see nobody is shooting Benchmark? I have had really good luck with it in the 204



Benchmark is my second choice, after H-322, as noted above. I run my loads a bit under max most of the time, so my Benchmark load is a bit milder than that H-322 stuff. Accuracy isn't quite as good in my rifles, either, but more than adequate to smack a rat or several...... AA2230C is also on my "short list" of excellent powders for the .204, but since it's no longer available, there's no point in recommending it to anyone.

Gawdawful shame 2230C is no longer around, it shoots well, and doesn't heat up a barrel as fast as the two stick powders. I like it bunches, but there's only about 5 pounds left, so I use it sparingly now.

You might give Ramshot TAC a try. IIRC, 2230C was just a hair slower burning than regular 2230, which could put it right in TACs neighborhood. I use a lot of TAC in my .223's. Good velocity, clean burning, economical.

#6467463 - 05/02/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: 2ndtimer]  
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What are max/min loads for RL 10x under a 32 gr. V max?

#6468322 - 05/03/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: Oregonyotebuster]  
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Originally Posted by Oregonyotebuster
I see nobody is shooting Benchmark? I have had really good luck with it in the 204


I'm using 26.6grs of Benchmark, with Berger 35's.


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#6472080 - 05/04/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: dogcatcher223]  
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I've been using BL-C2 with 32 gr V-Max and CCI BR4 promers good load in my rifle.


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#6474726 - 05/05/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: dogcatcher223]  
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Originally Posted by dogcatcher223
Originally Posted by Oregonyotebuster
I see nobody is shooting Benchmark? I have had really good luck with it in the 204


I'm using 26.6grs of Benchmark, with Berger 35's.


That load sounds familiar!


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#6479650 - 05/06/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: GregW]  
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RL10X,TAC, 8208 and Benchmark all shoot well in my .204s. I don't run 32s but 39 gr SBK and 35 gr Bergers do well with the above powders. Varget and RL15 work too.

#6493801 - 05/11/12 Re: Any favorite 204 Ruger 32 gain loads ? [Re: Kurt52]  
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Loaded up some RL10x and H322 loads using BR4 primers and the 32 Vmax. My rifle liked max loads of each, shooting 3 shots around half an inch for both loads. Went with H322 for the slight edge in speed.

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