.204 Ruger - Velocity

Velocity

Ruger's claim to being the velocity king with the .204 was based on two points.

First, no other high performance 20 caliber cartridge was commercially produced. Second, the ammunition used to achieve the 4225 ft/s was available only from Hornady using a special powder not available to the general public.

Note that handloaders typically achieve velocities more in the area of 4,100 ft/s (1,200 m/s) using a 32-grain (2.1 g) bullet.

Note also that handloads using a 40-grain (2.6 g) bullet in other commercial cartridges such as the .22-250 Remington also achieve velocities similar to those of the .204 Ruger. The advantage of the .204 Ruger is that it achieves these velocities with less powder, less recoil, and less heat than the larger cartridges. The 204 Ruger has a maximum range of approximately 500 yards (460 m).

  • Ballistics Chart By Hornady


.204 Ruger 32 GR V-MAX 83204 Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd
Velocity/Energy
(fps) / (ft-lbs)
4225/1268 3645/944 3137/699 2683/512 2272/367 1899/256
Trajectory (inches) -1.5 0.6 0.00 -4.1 -13.1 -29.0
.204 Ruger 40 GR V-MAX 83206 Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd
Velocity/Energy
(fps) / (ft-lbs)
3900/1351 3482/1077 3103/855 2755/674 2433/526 2133/404
Trajectory (inches) -1.5 0.7 0.00 -4.3 -13.2 -28.1
.204 Ruger 45 GR SP 83208 Muzzle 100 yd 200 yd 300 yd 400 yd 500 yd
Velocity/Energy
(fps) / (ft-lbs)
3625/1313 3188/1015 2792/778 2428/589 2093/438 1787/319
Trajectory (inches) -1.5 1.0 0.0 -5.5 -16.9 -36.3

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