.204 Ruger..give me the low down. [Archive] - Glock Talk


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10-24-2010, 19:08
Hey GT, I got a savage model 12 Friday and have been saving my brass because I was considering reloading due to factory ammo being a little over a dollar a round. So I was wondering what dies you use, and any info that relates to reload .204!

Also I'm a super noob to reloading so keep it simple for me! Thanks:wavey:

10-25-2010, 08:51
I was considering reloading due to factory ammo being a little over a dollar a box.
One dollar a box, huh? Damn. :whistling:

Personally, I stick with Lee dies. They work well for my pistol and rifle (.223) loads. No personal experience with .204 that I can offer though.

10-25-2010, 09:08
Whoops, if it were a dollar a box I wouldn't be on the internet, I'd be shooting!

10-25-2010, 15:06
I use Lee dies for all of my reloading they are simple to use, have a great warranty, and work fine.

10-25-2010, 15:29
After further research I have to ask how much tighter groups can you get with handload .204? Or is it mostly for the price?

10-25-2010, 16:04
I shoot 22.250, so .204 is covering the same ground. I hear from some of my friends that the .204 is a real accurate cartridge in factory form, but damn that is expensive, at a buck a round! The only way to be good at long distance is to practice. At the prices you mention, you have to reload just for the savings, so you can practice more. Good luck

10-25-2010, 20:16
204 Ruger - great round. Powders that work for some loaders:

Varget, BLC-3, H335, Benchmark, My favorate RL10X.

Your rifle may like the 32 gn, the 39 or 40 grain, or all. Mine shoots the Sierra Blitzking 39gn the best, a friend's rifle likes the 32 Hornady's the best. My hands are big so loading a flat base is out of the question. I like the Boat tail BK's. I use the RCBS dies. I have some newer Lee dies and the quality is not so good. Cross threaded and hard to hold de capping pins, and Lee wants me to mail them back at almost as much as the dies cost new. I just bought RCBS for a few dollars more and am happy.

10-25-2010, 20:18
Thanks, what kind of rifle do you have?

10-26-2010, 16:51
Nobody else reloads for .204?

Biggest Dawg
10-28-2010, 09:25
I have used Lee dies 95% of the time. I had to purchase RCBS for the .204 as the Lee seater die, with flat base bullets, was pinching in the neck in on the cases (they were deburred and trimed). This did not happen with the RCBS dies.
I have also found that new Remington brass is too soft and the shoulder gets bulged (the neck pushes down). No problem with W-W or other cases.


PS Love the caliber!!!

10-30-2010, 11:34
I have three 204's. 2 CZ's and a 700. They would all shoot factory Winchester ammo down into about 1 1/2 ". My handloads shoot consistent 0.5 to 0.6 groups with little effort. I am shooting Sierra 32's and 39's

I use Redding dies to load with. I started with the standard set and went to the bushing style type. I use the Redding competition seater.

I am using Winchester brass. They kill PD's so fast it's like shooting a laser at 4000 FPS.

The glass on top makes a big difference as does the quality of the trigger when you are trying to hit those pop can size targets at 350 +.