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  I'm shooting 27 Grains of IMR4064 with a 32 grain BlitzKing and have gotten excellent accuracy. I've used the same powder load with the 39 grain BlitzKing as well but in both cases pressure gets high before velocity does. The 32 grain is doing less than 3700. I'm not satisfied with my load at all. 

  Don't forget to mention your primer. I've been told by some a small rifle mag primer is better with some loads.  

Below is my best group with the load above, not typical by any means.

Oh Yes, and what Rifle and Glass if you will.

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These are my best loads to date.






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Brand Grains Type BC Length Number Powder







Hornady 40 V-Max 0.275 0.752 22006 2230C










Grains Case Primer OAL Velocity Group Shots Range MOA









26.5 Rem CCI 450 2.360 3750 0.19 3 100 0.2


40 Gr. Nos-BT, 27.5 Gr. Varget, CCI BR-4 Primer, .156 3 shot group @ 100
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   Terry, I noticed you are using a mag primer with one of your loads. Did it make it shoot better?  
    And have you tried the 32 grain bullets in your LRPV or is the 40's just your choice.

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Sierra 39gr. BKs, IMR 4895, Federal 205M, WW cases, velocity 3715, OAL 2.250, 5 shot groups at 100 yards- .3s 200 yards- .75- 1 MOA . My rifle doesn't like the CCI BR4 primers at all, those are the only BR primers I've used.

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Woops, its 27.3 grains of IMR 4895.

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VarmintSlayer, have you tried a small rifle magnum primer with your load? 
Just Wondering. 

I'm about to trade for a 204 and most definately a Savage and I'd like the lighter weight of the Low Profile single shot but I'm afraid it won't have the accuracy of the LRPV. Your thoughts are appreciated.    

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Not yet, the Fed. 205m works great so I haven't tried any more others.

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OpossumMcmuffin wrote:

Terry, I noticed you are using a mag primer with one of your loads. Did it make it shoot better?
And have you tried the 32 grain bullets in your LRPV or is the 40's just your choice.



The Magnum primer idea came from my Spear reloading manual.  I have not done a primer test with these loads.  I chose the 40's due to the higher BC.

 



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Been using 28gr n135 with 32vmax for a few years always use br4 primers, just tried TAC last week 28 and 29 grains shot the best, didn't like 28.5 as much. Didn't chronograph the TAC stuff yet, but the n135 gives 4150 with really low spread. Shooting a 700 and a custom ar.

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I'm stealing this from the .204um, it's a link to a thread listing the member's favorite loads.

http://www.rugerhunting.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=165

By gum and by golly, if you can't find something in there that works, it's time to trade off that rifle!

I don't think I've ever posted MY personal favorites, but I'll jot them down here, in case they might be helpful. All were shot out of a Savage 10/12 (rebarrel job) 26" factory pipe.

32 VMax - 27.5 H322 205M primer, Hornady cases 4080fps (favorite load overall)
32 SBK - 27.3 Benchmark 205M primer Hornady cases 3965fps (best load in my CZ)
32 NBT same as the BlitzKing load, also good in both CZ and Savage rifles (yeah, I'm lazy!)
39 SBK - 27.5 H4895 Rem 7 1/2 primers, Win. cases 3880fps (best heavy bullet load in my rifle, it doesn't like heavy bullets much, though, so I stick with the 32s mostly)

The rifle is a former .223 I rebarrelled with a factory tube from Northlander, on an old 10FP action, with a SSS trigger and bedded into a B&C Duramaxx stock. It currently has a Nikon Buckmaster 6-18SF on it, nice glass, much nicer than the Weaver V-24 I had on it previously.

I generally find something the rifle likes, and then quit. I'd rather save the brass for killing stuff..............................

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My best load for my 204's is 28.5grs of H4895 with Fed match primers and a 39gr BK ............ now that load is a real g-hog killer.

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One of the fellow moderators on the .204 has assembled a lot of user data from forum members (he's got a lot of time on his hands, apparently!) and put it together in a handy user form.

http://wrzwaldo.org/Reloading/Public/204_Ruger_Favorite_Loads.html

Kevin worked hard on this, use it wisely!



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Rick in Ohio wrote:

My best load for my 204's is 28.5grs of H4895 with Fed match primers and a 39gr BK ............ now that load is a real g-hog killer.



Rick, generally does it open them up like a mellon or just make them slush on the inside?  



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The 39gr bullets only put a little hole when they go in a g-hog but they do blow up inside of them. Just one little hole all I get.



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