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Old July 7, 2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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ruger 204 load chart

my book isnt new enough to supply me with 204 info, can anybody tell me what some numbers are for 32 gr blitzkings and 40 gr berger hpbt?
h322 and 4895 powders, greatly appreciated

min/max powders and overall length

thanks!
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Old July 7, 2013, 06:53 PM   #2
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My Lyman 49th does not show the 32 gr blitzking but it shows for the 32gr V-max and the 40 gr V-max.
32 grain, H322, OAL: 2.250"
Min 25.4gr
Max 26.7gr

32 grain, IMR4895, OAL: 2.250"
Min 27.5gr
Max 29.0gr

40grain, H322, OAL: 2.250"
Min 23.7gr
Max 25.0gr

40grain, IMR4895, OAL: 2.250"
Min 25.4gr
Max 26.8gr
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Old July 7, 2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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FWIW, Hodgdon's online reloading data center doesn't show loads for the specific bullets you asked about, but it does show different loads for the V-max bullets than Lyman shows.
http://www.hodgdon.com/
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Old July 8, 2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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You think the oal is about the same between the vmax and hpbt? The length if the bullet themselves is the same
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Old July 9, 2013, 12:40 AM   #5
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I started loading .204 when it was new and data was hard to find, this site helped me a lot:

http://www.rugerhunting.com/204_data.php

Sierra load data: http://www.rugerhunting.com/204_data_sierra.php

Sierra PDF loading sheet: http://www.rugerhunting.com/204_Ruger_sierra.pdf (includes case dimensions, etc good to print out for reference)

For the Berger 40 I used starting data from the 40gr Vmax, I don't pay a lot of attention to book OAL, I just load to mag length. I could seat a lot longer if I wanted to single feed, but it didn't improve accuracy so I load to fit the magazine.
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