I wanted a dedicated varmint rifle. Thought about the .17 HMR and .17 Mag, but you can't reload for them. Then I checked the .222 Remington and it has similiar but better performance than the .17 Mag. A good Remington 788 in .222 is hard to find and the $200 dollar (1975) rifle now goes for $500 dollars and up.........if you can find a good one. So, I was discussing the alternatives with my son and he comes up with the .204 Ruger as a possible cantidate. I researched the .204 and found it to be most everything I was looking for and more. I watched Gun Broker, Guns America and Gun Auction for a couple of months and found the selection of .204 rifles to be much better than .222 rifles. To my knowledge, Savage is the only manufacturer that still chambers a new rifle in .222 (Savage 25). Quite a few manufacturers are offering the .204 in new models. I ended up with a nearly new Savage 11 with a 3-9X40 scope for under $400 bucks. The Savage is a well made no frills (other than the accu-trigger) basic platform that functions well and shoots fantastic. I got some off the shelf Hornady ammo with 32gr V-Max bullets to start with. No problem for me to put 3 shots in a .75" group. My shooting buddy can bring it down to .50" group......he always out shoots me. I think, with some good handloads in the 4000fps range this is going to be some great fun. My son has a 22-250 that will have a hard time outshooting the .204. The .204 shoots pretty flat out to 400yds before it starts to really fall off. Most of my shots will be under 250yds due to the terrain around here. I know wind can be an issue at long ranges with these light bullets but, the bullet travels so fast the wind has to be pretty substantial to affect much. I'm impressed with the .204 round. Little recoil, extremely accurate, reloadable, ammo availability and component availability seems good. Whats not to like.