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Remington VTR [ Varmit-Tactical Rifle ]

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Picked up a Remington VTR in 204 Ruger this week. Here's the specs on the rifle. It's a Rem 700 action.

Barrel Length: 22" (559mm) with built in muzzle break
Empty Weight (without optics): 7.5 lbs (3.41 kg)
Overall Length: 41.625" (1057mm)
Trigger: remington X-Mark Pro
Stock: Injection Molded Plastic with rubberized inserts
Finish: Matte Blue
Price: $805 Suggested Retail

The 204 Ruger cartridge was introduced in 2004. The two most popular bullet weights are:
32 gr. V-Max= 4047 fps
40 gr. V-Max= 3774 fps

The .204 Ruger gives all the favorable characteristics of the .22-250 in a low recoil, quieter, fun-to-shoot package. I picked this one up as my prairie dog, coyote killer when I go out with the predator callers who come into the shop.

Using the 40 grain V-Max bullets, the first 5 rounds went inside a nickel at 100 yds. Moved the group to POA/POI on the scope turrets and started hitting the steel prairie dogs at the range at 300 yds with no effort at all.

Flat shooting, setting the scope to hit 1.3" high at 100, it's dead on at 200, 1.5" low at 300, then 5.5" low at 400 and 26" low at 500. It looks to be a 400 yd rifle on little critters, and 300 yds on Coyotes ballistically.

I like this rifle, it shoots flat. The trigger is something around 2 pounds with no creep at all and just flat out is fun to shoot. I've gathered the reloading components and it's only going to cost .27 cents a round to shoot the 40 grain bullets.



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The first 60 rds cost a buck a piece but now I have brass to start reloading with while the components are on their way dropping it to .27 cents a round from now on :thumsup


I put a Bushnell 4200 Elite 6x24x40 on top of this one:


Seems 18x would have been enough as I turned the power down to that setting for the sight in and was whacking the steel prairie dogs at 300 yds better than on 24x from the bench.

I don't expect I'll be shooting this much past 300 in northern Az on the dog towns but I've got the extra power should a 400 yd shot present itself.

I can still hit the 500 yd shots on steel plates with the M1a iron sights right now, but that should change here in the next years unfortunately. I've trained three shooters on their M1a's in the last 3 months to shoot irons also, and though they are considerably younger than I am, they can't hold a tighter group at 100 than myself yet.

As you know, it's all in the training--and having been trained by the DI's on the island back in the late 60's on that rifle, it seems I still have a leg up on the younger pups who haven't had the pleasure of that experience :rolf



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I've got the Leupold 4x14 they recommended for the class in November here but haven't had the time to get it set up on the Barrett yet.


That picture cracked me up, oh the memories of it all flooding back :eek:


Yes sir, their physical encouragement while snapping in and then shooting week will never be forgotten. :laughing

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