My Savage like most .204's seems to have a very deep throat and its virtually impossible to load rounds that are close to the lands. I have been loading 39 grn Blitz kings at 2.350 and its shoots well. Last week talking to my mate who also has a .204 he suggested try seating at standard COL. I measured the COL's of factory Hornady 32/40 v max rounds and they were very similar so made up x5 39 grn at factory COL. Quick zero check on Saturday at 100yds was in effect 2 1 bullet hole gps about 1 cm apart so it was me rather than the rifle- ammo. This is very encouraging, load was 25.2 grn Reloader 10x. remmy 7.5 primers, Hornady brass.