Hey babe, yes the ballistics are impressive, why do you think people buy the .204. In black in white the .204 is a great round. Now take one into the field where the wind blows and you need knock down power to kill something. If he was wanting something to punch paper with at 100 yards or another 200 yard and in gun. the .204 in my opinion would be ok. But again why limit yourself to only a few bullet selections. Marc is thinking about reloading, so as everyone knows he eventually will. Once it is considered the disease has started. With that being the case the .223 would be the cheapest as far as brass and availability, also uses less powder. But my opinion still stands that the .22-250 would be my pick. It is capable of shooting those light grain bullets hand loaded as fast as the .204 (Don't kid yourself thinking that the factory ammo is as hot as they advertise it is ) but yet can shoot heavier bullets as well. The .22-250 is first pick then the .223 and the .204 follows in a distance third.

Now explain to me how the wind is going to affect the 204 more than the 22-250 and the 223. You better check you ballistic charts before answering. And the factory Hornady 204 -32s go 4150ft/sec off of my chrono.

Now the following are 2 different grain bullets (32 and 40) vs a 40gr in the 22-250. Unless you are blind, the 204 is superior in every catergory. Even in the 32 the energy is basically the same out to 500 yds as the 40 22-250. Not even going to bring up the 223 ballistics.

204 RUGER 32 GR V-MAX 83204

Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)

Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd

4225/1268 3645/944 3137/699 2683/512 2272/367 1899/256

Trajectory (inches)

Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd

-1.5 0.6 0.00 -4.1 -13.1 -29.0

204 RUGER 40 GR V-MAX 83206

Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)

Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd

3900/1351 3482/1077 3103/855 2755/674 2433/526 2133/404

Trajectory (inches)

Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd

-1.5 0.7 0.00 -4.3 -13.2 -28.1

.22-250 Rem., 40 gr. V-MAX 8335

Velocity (fps) / Energy (ft-lbs)

Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd

4150/1529 3553/1121 3032/816 2568/585 2148/410 1771/278

Trajectory (inches)

Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd

-1.50 0.60 0.00 -4.50 -14.20 -31.70