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    .204,which powder

    Which powder are folk getting best results with in.204 Ruger. It has a 20.5 inch barrel and I'll be shooting 32gr bullets for distance and hopefully accuracy.
    I have tubs of n130,133 and 140, all suitable for this calibre I believe and does anyone use BL-C 2,as I've heard this recommended also and any advice on good starting weight in these powders.
    Rifle is Sako 85, heavy barrel. Thanks all.

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    Hi
    I use N133 with 39gr BK and it is very accurate. This is out of a 25.5" barrel. The 204 is easy to load for and any you have mentioned with the exception on N140 will work fine. With a shorter barrel you won't produce screamers.
    Have put those powders through QL and results as follows.

    N130 24.6gr. Not max load but 100%. Mv 3694
    N133 24.1 gr not max load but 100%. Mv 3496
    N140 25.gr not max load but 100%. Mv 3480

    BL-C2 28.7gr. Not max load but 100%. Mv 3689

    as you have it the N130 looks a good one to try and no point in buying new powder.

    baring in mind they are for standard settings and stopping at 100% case fill but will give you an idea. If you chose to compress the load the results will be higher but the spread the same. Hope this helps.

    BW

    BE

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    Hi Paul
    What bullet maker + part number & what COAL will you load to Paul? Given that info I can run some numbers for you.

    Ian

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    Sorry just read your other question about start load. On standard settings COAL 2.22. Max load is 25.1gr N130. If you want to load this then back off 10% (i.e. 23.5gr) and work up slowly.

    Good luck

    BE

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    As Big Ears says, the 204 is a very accommodating number. When I mucked around with it a few years back in a Savage 12 Long Range Precision Varminter, I got good results from a large range of powders. Somewhat to my surprise (thinking it was on the slow burning side, especially for the lighter pills), Viht N140 was the best all-rounder in this rifle with bullet weights covering 30 to 40gn. A lot of 204 handloaders put Alliant Re10x and H. Benchmark as their first choices especially with 32s. I got good results with Re10x, but not as good as N140, and Benchmark was one of the few that didn't work very well for me.

    H. BL-C(2) gave good results and very high MVs. The more recent and slightly slower burning Hodgdon CFE223 should if anything be better. (It's what the factories use in the cartridge.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
    As Big Ears says, the 204 is a very accommodating number. When I mucked around with it a few years back in a Savage 12 Long Range Precision Varminter, I got good results from a large range of powders. Somewhat to my surprise (thinking it was on the slow burning side, especially for the lighter pills), Viht N140 was the best all-rounder in this rifle with bullet weights covering 30 to 40gn. A lot of 204 handloaders put Alliant Re10x and H. Benchmark as their first choices especially with 32s. I got good results with Re10x, but not as good as N140, and Benchmark was one of the few that didn't work very well for me.

    H. BL-C(2) gave good results and very high MVs. The more recent and slightly slower burning Hodgdon CFE223 should if anything be better. (It's what the factories use in the cartridge.)
    Had similar results with vit 140 in my 20 tac and 39 grain blitz
    130 for 55 grain bergers
    this was after extensive testing with about ten different powders
    regards pete

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    Thanks for the replies guys,food for thought,as always.
    Also meant to ask,would barrel length make a big difference to MV? I would like to get the most out of this calibre and was looking to get in the region of 3900fps,I'd heard that a .204 would burn most,if not all of the powder within the first 20in. Is this not true? Thanks again.

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    I was using h4895 behind the 26's and the 32's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodlander View Post
    Thanks for the replies guys,food for thought,as always.
    Also meant to ask,would barrel length make a big difference to MV? I would like to get the most out of this calibre and was looking to get in the region of 3900fps,I'd heard that a .204 would burn most,if not all of the powder within the first 20in. Is this not true? Thanks again.
    hi,
    barrel length makes a big difference. Using the N130 data COAL 2.22, 24.6gr a barrel of:
    20" gives MV 3670
    22" gives MV 3754
    24" gives MV 3828
    26" gives MV 3893

    BE

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    Another vote for N140 which I also use in my 308 so buy the 2.5kg pot for better price.

    28.1 of N140 behind a 39 gr sierra is my best load
    24.6 of N130 behind a 32gr sierra also works well but less stable in the wind.

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