204 Ruger Ballistics Tables From Major Manufacturers

Dogtown Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Dogtown Ammunition 204 Ruger 32 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics Chart

Dogtown Ammunition 204 Ruger 32 grain Polymer Tip Ballistics table

Federal Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Federal Varmint & Predator 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Federal Varmint & Predator 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Fiocchi Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 204 Ruger 40 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Fiocchi Field Dynamics 204 Ruger 40 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Hornady Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Hornady Superformance Varmint 204 Ruger 24 grain NTX Ballistics Chart

Hornady Superformance Varmint 204 Ruger 24 grain NTX Ballistics table

Hornady Superformance Varmint 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Hornady Superformance Varmint 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

Hornady Superformance Varmint 204 Ruger 40 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

Hornady Superformance Varmint 204 Ruger 40 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

HSM Ammunition - 204 Ruger

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 32 grain BlitzKing Ballistics Chart

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 32 grain BlitzKing Ballistics table

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 39 grain BlitzKing Ballistics Chart

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 39 grain BlitzKing Ballistics table

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 32 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 40 grain V-MAX Ballistics Chart

HSM Varmint 204 Ruger 40 grain V-MAX Ballistics table

HSM Varmint Gold 204 Ruger 35 grain FBHP Ballistics Chart

HSM Varmint Gold 204 Ruger 35 grain FBHP Ballistics table

HSM Varmint Gold 204 Ruger 40 grain HPBT Ballistics Chart

HSM Varmint Gold 204 Ruger 40 grain HPBT Ballistics table

Nosler Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Nosler 204 Ruger 32 grain Ballistic Tip Lead Free Ballistics Chart

Nosler 204 Ruger 32 grain Ballistic Tip Lead Free Ballistics table

Nosler Varmageddon 204 Ruger 32 grain FB Tipped Ballistics Chart

Nosler Varmageddon 204 Ruger 32 grain FB Tipped Ballistics table

NoslerCustom 204 Ruger 34 grain FBHP Ballistics Chart

NoslerCustom 204 Ruger 34 grain FBHP Ballistics table

Nosler 204 Ruger 40 grain Ballistic Tip Ballistics Chart

Nosler 204 Ruger 40 grain Ballistic Tip Ballistics table

Remington Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Remington Premier 204 Ruger 32 grain AccuTip-V Ballistics Chart

Remington Premier 204 Ruger 32 grain AccuTip-V Ballistics table

Remington Premier 204 Ruger 40 grain AccuTip-V Ballistics Chart

Remington Premier 204 Ruger 40 grain AccuTip-V Ballistics table

Sierra Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Sierra Prairie Enemy 204 Ruger 36 grain BlitzKing Ballistics Chart

Sierra Prairie Enemy 204 Ruger 36 grain BlitzKing Ballistics table

Winchester Ammunition - 204 Ruger

Winchester VarmintX 204 Ruger 32 grain Polymer Tip Rapid Expansion Ballistics Chart

Winchester VarmintX 204 Ruger 32 grain Polymer Tip Rapid Expansion Ballistics table

Winchester Super X 204 Ruger 34 grain JHP Ballistics Chart

Winchester Super X 204 Ruger 34 grain JHP Ballistics table

204 Ruger Ballistics Trajectory Chart

This sample 204 Ruger bullet drop chart gives you a general idea of how the 204 Ruger trajectory looks.

204 Ruger Trajectory Chart

Note: The chart above is an example of one 204 Ruger load, and actual ballistic performance may vary depending on bullet weight, lot, barrel length, and environmental conditions while shooting.

204 Ruger Muzzle Velocity (FPS)

Muzzle velocity is the speed at which the bullet leaves the firearm’s barrel and is measured in Feet Per Second (fps).

Due to the lightweight bullets, the 204 Ruger generally has high muzzle velocities. For example, the Hornady Superformance Varmint 24-grain NTX has a muzzle velocity of 4,400 fps, while the heavier Hornady Superformance Varmint 40-gr V-MAX has a muzzle velocity of 3,900 fps.

Nosler and Sierra also produce 204 Ruger rounds that claim a high velocity of more than 3,800 fps.

The high muzzle velocity of the 204 Ruger ensures a flat trajectory and is ideal for long-range predator hunting for coyotes, or varmint hunting pesky groundhogs or prairie dogs.

204 Ruger Muzzle Energy

Muzzle energy is how much force a bullet delivers to its target, measured in foot-pounds of energy (ft-lbs).

One might think that the lightweight bullets of the 204 Ruger don’t have a high muzzle energy compared to heavier bullets. However, because they’re traveling so fast, they carry a lot of power with them.

The HSM Varmint 39gr BlitzKing has a muzzle energy of 1,288 ft-lbs, and the Hornady V-MAX 40-grain bullet has a muzzle energy of 1,351 ft-lbs.

204 Ruger vs 22-250

How Do 204 Ruger Ballistics Compare to Other Rifles?

In 2004, when Ruger and Hornady created the 204 Ruger, it was the fastest factory ammo on the market, with a flatter trajectory than the 223 Remington.

Developed using the 222 Remington Magnum case, the 204 Ruger is an ideal choice for keeping your property clear of coyotes, or small game like groundhogs and prairie dogs.

But how does it stack up today against other varmint rifle cartridges?

204 Ruger vs 223 Rem Ballistics

Check out our article for an in-depth explanation of the differences between the 204 Ruger vs 223 Rem.

The 204 Ruger generally has a higher muzzle velocity and a flatter trajectory, while the .223 has more knockdown power (muzzle energy).

The Winchester Super X 34-grain JHP 204 Ruger has a muzzle velocity of 4,025 fps, and the Hornady V-MAX 53gr 223 Rem has a muzzle velocity of 3,465 fps. Yes, they’re different weights, which helps to account for the difference in velocity.

The 223 Rem 53gr V-MAX drops over 40” at 500 yards, while the 204 Ruger 32gr V-MAX drops just under 32” at 500 yards. Once again, the lighter bullet plays a role in the flatter trajectory.

However, the heavier bullets of the 223 Rem 53gr V-MAX help it maintain a muzzle energy of 1,413 ft-lbs compared to 1,268 ft-lbs of the 204 Ruger 32gr V-MAX.

204 Ruger vs 223 Ballistics Chart

204 ruger vs 223 ballistics chart

204 Ruger vs 22-250 Ballistics

Don’t miss our in-depth analysis on the 204 Ruger vs 22-250 Remington.

Despite the bullets coming in similar weights, the 22-250 has a flatter trajectory, higher muzzle velocity, and muzzle energy than the 204 Ruger. This is due to the 22-250 case having nearly 10 grains more case capacity, meaning that it can cram in more propellant in the case and push its bullets out of the barrel faster.

Thus, the 22-250 Rem outperforms the 204 Ruger on paper.

At 400 yards, the 32gr 204 Ruger bullet drops 19”, whereas the 35gr 22-250 Rem bullet only drops 13.4”.

The 204 Ruger 32gr bullet can reach 4,230 fps in factory loads, but the 35gr bullet of the 22-250 can reach up to 4,450 fps in factory ammo.

The 22-250 Remington 35gr bullet packs more punch with 1,539 ft-lbs, while the 204 Ruger 32gr bullet has a muzzle energy of 1,268 ft-lbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

The team at Ammo.com has gathered and answered some of the most commonly asked questions about 204 Ruger ballistics.

204 Ruger ammo

What is the effective range of a 204 Ruger?

The effective range of a 204 Ruger is about 500 yards for the average shooter.

How much does a 204 Ruger drop at 300 yards?

Depending on the load you’re shooting, a 204 Ruger drops between 4 to 5 inches at 300 yards.

What is the 204 Ruger comparable to?

The 204 Ruger is comparable to the rimfire 17 HMR and centerfire cartridges 223 Remington, 22-250 Remington, and 220 Swift.

Is the Ruger 204 accurate?

Yes, the Ruger 204 is accurate, thanks to low recoil and a flat trajectory.

What is the muzzle velocity of a 204 Ruger with a 32-grain bullet?

The muzzle velocity of a 204 Ruger with a 32-grain bullet is 4,230 fps.

What are the muzzle velocity and energy for a 204 Ruger cartridge?

The muzzle velocity and energy for a 204 Ruger cartridge are 4,230 fps (velocity) and 1,268 ft-lbs (energy).

204 Ruger Ballistics Tables From Major Manufacturers originally appeared on Ammo.com

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