At the time of its creation in 2004, the .204 Ruger was the
second in terms of highest velocity among commercial ammo and the only
centerfire cartridge commercially produced with .204-inch bullets. It was
developed as a joint venture between Hornady and Ruger.
The .204 Ruger follows in the
footsteps of many of the more popular .22 centerfires. It offers the same head
diameter as the .222 or .223 Remington cartridges and mimics the .222 Remington
Magnum very closely when it comes to overall length and other general
specifications. To prevent the chambering of the .204 Ruger in rifles chambered
for other than this proprietary cartridge, Hornady has moved the shoulder
forward, which also allows more space for powder.
What has made the .204 Ruger popular is it’s low amount of
recoil, allowing varmint hunters to get back on target while looking down a
scope without much muzzle jump. In fact, t
he .204 Ruger was intended primarily for varmint
rifles, which require bullets with flat trajectories but not much mass or
kinetic energy. The .204 was "splitting the difference" between the
popular .224 varmint rounds such as the .220 Swift and .22-250
What’s made this round popular among reloaders is the
excessive amount of load data that became available nearly immediately. Plus,
being it is a varmint killing machine, this often means several rounds shot in
a short amount of time, making the need for reloading even more a necessity.
Each box contains 25 once fired brass shell casings. Headstamps are mixed. This is unprocessed brass sourced from commercial shooting ranges. The casings have been washed and polished, but not resized and may still contain the spent primer.
It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired.