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204 Powder

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by viking499, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    For those of you that are reloading for a CZ 204, what powder are you using? Bullet choice?

    I have a 204 American.
  2. Grumulkin

    Grumulkin Well-Known Member


    I've used this load on crows, groundhogs, raccoons, coyotes and deer at ranges up to 300+ yards and it's deadly and accurate. I shoot it out of a T/C Contender rifle.
  3. rayatphonix

    rayatphonix Well-Known Member

    I find the 204 Ruger very easy to reload for. I've used Varget and H335 both with equal success. Nearly all my loads now use the 335 since it's more consistant in my powder measure.
  4. USMC-Mustang

    USMC-Mustang Active Member

    I have a CZ American in 204 and I've been loading/shooting Benchmark with 33 gr Calhoon hollow pts.
  5. Kevin Rohrer

    Kevin Rohrer Well-Known Member

    I am using 8208. Still experimenting with bullets, but I like the Hornady V-Max.
  6. cfullgraf

    cfullgraf Well-Known Member

    My semi-auto sporting American Rifle in 204 Ruger shoots the 32 grain VMAX with H4895 and AA2230 quite well.

    I have been working with CFE223 with 40 grain bullets in both the semi-auto and a Savage 12 with promising results but have not settled on one bullet/load yet. The Savage may not like the 40 grainers as the twist is marginal for the 40 grain bullets.
  7. viking499

    viking499 Well-Known Member

    Mine likes the 32 grain V-max. Just need to find the right powder......
  8. spoogie

    spoogie Well-Known Member

    I like Ramshot's TAC powder. Meters well, clean, accurate, etc. I don't understand why CFE223 even sells, over TAC, but I haven't tried CFE223. I don't have a copper fouling problem after 500-1000+ rounds?

    Page 8 of this Ramshot document says 26-28.5 gr. of TAC for a 32 gr. bullet in .204. I use Fed 205 primers, 2.250" OAL, but I shoot 39 gr., and about midrange of the above range. Rem 7 1/2 primers seem to work OK, too. I shoot them in an AR with a 24" barrel.

    Varget and Benchmark seem to work as well, but, not quite as accurate, even when I trickle up loads. I assume its due to the powder shape.

  9. Faret

    Faret Active Member

    32 GR V-max 29.5 gr blc-2 gets me .30 moa out of my ruger.
  10. helotaxi

    helotaxi Well-Known Member

    I use Benchmark for lighter bullets and AA2520 and 8208XBR for heavier ones up to 55gn.
  11. Ifishsum

    Ifishsum Well-Known Member

    BL-C(2) is my favorite.
  12. CZ223

    CZ223 Well-Known Member

    anything that works well in 223

    will work well in the 204. I have gotten sub 1/4 MOA groups with H-335, BLC-2 and TAC. My rifles are Savage model 12's.:D

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