204 Ruger loads with 24 gr. NTX
Got out today and dang it was nice. Not much breeze early, and sunny and warm. Tried several different combinations. One stood out. 24 gr. Hornady NTX over IMR 8208 XBR. Funny thing was, several different powder weights look good (on the starting loads there were only 2-3 rounds per load combo for some.) Granted, two rounds touching does not a good load make, but there were three different loads that did that. Then at 29.8 gr. three rounds touching (see photo--two thru the same hole). And these are fairly smoking hot rounds. So I took the target to 200 yards and shot two more, and they were less than an inch, even with the breeze that had kicked up. Needless to say, this makes an old prairie dogger smile.