RE: Whistle Pigs
Marty, I shoot this gun a lot (definitely more than any of my others, including the .17 Mach II and HMR). At 100yds I am 1 1/2 inches high and dead on at 200 with 1" groups. At 300, I am 3 inches low, which is a dead chuck every time. When you get to 400+, it gets tricky. I have a 6-18X on the gun that I have become quite comfortable with. Shooting at 400 isn't too bad, because I use the vertical post in the reticle where it transitions from thick to thin. All others I have shot beyond that have been standing. I put the transition portion of the reticle on the top of the head, or slightly above and let fly. Keeping steady was not a problem yesterday particularly, because I had round bales and a stool to use as a rest. There was practically no cross wind so drifting was not a problem. I am continually impressed with the devastation that this bullet creates. I went to each chuck and disposed of them properly. The 506 yard chuck was hit low (he was standing), but he was missing a leg and most of his insides had been turned outside.
The rounds I use are Hornady VMax in the 32 grain. I didn't care for the heavier bullet as much and could not get any sort of group with the Remingtons or Winchesters. As you are probably aware, the 204 is considered currently to be the second fastest commercially made, with the upside of not wearing out barrels like the .17 centerfires and Swifts.