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I am using 39 gr Blitzkings.
I would have used the N133 and BR4's but I only had a few of the primers and none of the powder.
I tested the H335 and 205M combo to find the max load / pressure limitations.
The pictures tell the story.
Look out Varmints... the Practical is coming for you!
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I took my rifle out to Roanoke Rifle to check my loads at 500 yards and check my drop chart.
I was busting Clays consistently at 500 yards.
I was shooting from a Bipod and a rear bag.
Took out the 20 Practical today for it's first hunt.
I double checked my dope and zero which was set at 200 yards.
I fired a three shot group at 200 yards that had all three shots making a nice little cloverleaf with all shots cutting each other.
I dialed in some elevation to check my drop chart and dialed back to my zero and fired three more shots at the center of my clover leaf.
Two of the shots went into the group just slightly enlarging it and the third shot got blown out by and undetected blast of wind down range.
The group was still under 1/2 MOA. The main cluster would have been hidden under a dime!
I had the GG&G 20 MOA rail on my rifle along with a Leupold 6.5-20 (1" tube) riding in a set of MarkIV rings I had laying around. Well the 20 MOA induced by the rail cause some binding of the windage adjustments so I removed the rail and reinstalled the scope. The binding disappeared after making the needed adjustments to put me back on target.
I had also bought one of those hard plastic brass catchers. It is a nice set up but the mouth of the cases get beat up some. I am going to have to stick a pencil or something in the mouth of the case to round it out so that I can size it. I am going to look at a different catcher.... one that will be easier on my brass.
The Groundhogs were not very cooperative / plentiful today. We only had 7 or 8 opportunities between the two of us and we had several rifles that we wanted to shoot today.
I hit a Groundhog at 465 yards but it made it to the Den ( he was a foot from the Den, so diving in was easily done) and there was no blood. I assume that the little 39 grain Blitzking would have not made an exit with a solid body hit.
I will be putting a Nightforce on this rifle as soon as my wallet allows me to.
(I know the posted picture of the rifle shows a Nightforce but it was borrowed from my other Groundhog rifle for the photo).
Having the NP-R1 Reticle sure helps out when you need to hold off for varying wind conditions and when spotting your shots and making corrections.
Overall I feel that this Rifle is a very capable 400 yard Groundhog Rifle with rapid follow up shot capability.
I will need some more kill shots to evaluate the performance level of the 39 grain Blitzking though.
I might even try out some Berger 40 grainers while I'm at it.
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i have killed a dozen of whistle pigs at 300 to 525 yds with 39 grain sierra blitz kings and absolutely smoked them, never lost one yet (nock on wood) awesome round, i havent picked up my 223 or 22-250 since getting my 204 and thats been 5 years almost. couldnt be happier.