The last group I … I dont know of any factory loads that heavy you will almost certainly have to handload for the .220 Swift. 250 SAVAGE. This caliber has been discontinued 11 years ago. It can be shot further, but wind drift really starts to affect the smaller weight bullets at ranges past 400 yards. Cartridge Type: Rifle Height: 2.205" Width: 0.473" Average FPS: 3845 Average Energy: 1674 Average Gr: 51 Recoil: 0.9 Power Rank: 1.96 of 20 The .220 Swift is an old cartridge made back in 1934 by Winchester and is based off the 6mm Lee Navy and even older cartridge designed back in 1894. JavaScript is disabled. Ruger Model 77 V .220 Swift Heavy 26” barrel, blue and bore are minty, small handling marks on the stock, has Ruger 1” high scope rings. The .220 Swift has long enjoyed a reputation for excellent accuracy in good rifles, and it, along with a sharp-shouldered version of the same cartridge--called the .220 Arrow--were mildly popular among benchrest competitors during the 1940s. You must log in or register to reply here. I … AMAX has a BC of .453, which doesn’t sound great until you realize most .224 bullets have BCs in the 2’s. It may not display this or other websites correctly. Just bought a Rem 700 VSSF in .220 Swift and have been working up loads for it. My barrel twist is 1-14 in M-98 24 1/2" length heavy. Nice lookin' rifle, except they put the bolt and cheekpiece on the wrong side. I would first make sure of the twist rate. But once the wind gets blowing or I just plain-old want to connect with a small target at long range, my Shilen-Gritters .220 Swift will get the nod every time, unless it is my newest work in progress: a Shilen-Gritters-MacMillan .300 Remington Ultra-Mag. One loves it or hates it, the truth is it's a remarkable cartridge for the varmint game, in some circles mythological. Period! Beautiful rifle, great trigger. The Hornady 80-gr. Velocity shown @ 3900fps. I've seen a few dropped by others using a .220 Swift under 500 yards they hit the ground as though lighting hit them to quote P.O.Ackley, this was later on in life when better bullets came out. Such emails will be ignored. I'm a lifelong .220 Swift shooter, but have never really considered it in this light. (.224") ** = Compressed load “ Because Nosler, Inc. has no control over the actual components selected, the manner in which they are assembled or the 25-06 REMINGTON. A genius named Grosvenor Wotkyns got the idea to neck down the.250-3000 Savage to.22″ to push a.224 bullet to then unachieved velocities. So if you are shooting the .220 Swift enjoy it, it is a great cartridge and in its own envelope hard to beat as a Yote rifle. The 90gr bullets are usually for 1-7"/1-8" twsit barrels. But the flat base 55 Nosler varmageddon over 38 grains of 4064 was the ticket. .220 Swift The .220 Swift shooting 80-grain bullets is probably the ideal long-range varmint/predator rifle. According to "Cartridges of the World" 6th edition, its the fastest commercial cartridge produced. 6 MM NORMA BR. I only own 1 220 swift, it is on a short action. This email contact address is not an "Ask the Firearms Expert" service. The plastic tipped 55s open up to 7/8. And how did you ever get that close to that dog in the bottom picture? 243 Winchester. Beyond this range, the Swift is identical in performance to the .222 and .223. This is extreme accurate load in my 220 Swift. The question you have to ask is "Flat to where?". I have several 22-250 AI's all on short actions and COAL is not a problem. I've seen a few dropped by others using a .220 Swift under 500 yards they hit the ground as though lighting hit them to quote P.O.Ackley, this was later on in life when better bullets came out. I didn't have a chronograph at that time. I feel I will get to that again next year. The 240 grain PP is a straight out hard hitting, deep penetrating bullet when used at close to moderate ranges. I digress; the load is a Nosler 55gr Ballistic Tip, CCI BR2 primer, Winchester brass, the powder is RL-15 (39.0gr) "you have to weigh out each charge; I’m shooting 50gr Vmax with 38.5 grs of RL15. It is accurate for dogs out to 300 yards and beyond. and the .220 Swift 48gr factory load. Thats alot of negatives guys. The barrier that everyone was trying to break the 4,000 fps. No boat tail. 5,6X52R (22 SAVAGE HP) 6MM PPC. I load 42 gr imr 4064 with 50 gr nosler ballistic tips. If the 90gr are too heavy give the 75gr Hornady A-Max a try, followed by the 75gr Hornady HPBT or 77gr Sierra Matchking HPBT. Copper erasing. at which it did. Not that someone could not have put a tighter twist barrel on it, but that is really really tight twist for a rifle designed to push bullets as fast as possible. Good luck and have fun. To elaborate on my brief recommendation....I played with a very finicky 220 swift once...tried other things, none of them did well. I had a love affair with since the '60s with that said it's not my all-time favorite varmint cartridge, my go-to is my Weatherby Varmintmast MkV in .224 Wby Mag, which I believe I bought in 1971 "why" just because it falls right into the high end of the middle of everything else, and it a great shooter in so many ways... but I digress. If you are experiencing difficulties posting in the Buy/Sell/Trade subforums of TFL, please read the "sticky" announcement threads at the top of the applicable subforum. So I am going to put it back into action. The shots were fired at 30 feet, the .270 Win had no penetration the .30-06 Gov't A.P made shallow craters .070" and .098" deep respectively'..., the .220 Swift punch two holes right through it leaving holes of a 3/8" diameter in size, as I said mythological, but like all .220 Swift loads the key is always velocity, more is better, so to speak. Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: Case in point, I have 2 22-250's with 1 in 14" barrels that prefer 60-70 grain bullets. The .220 Swift (5.56×56mmSR) is a semi-rimmed rifle cartridge developed by Winchester and introduced in 1935 for small game and vermin hunting. Weight is 9 pounds, has factory LOP of 13.75”, trigger adjusted to 2.5 pounds. It wasn't fair. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Might work... My 220 Swift is a 1-14 twist. IF I had the chance to play again I might try the 53 varmageddon. Velocity was somewhere around 3900fps. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Now the 1 in 14" is not supposed to shoot the heavier bullets but I have 2 that will. Indeed, … I didn't have a chronographs at the time, and haven't set one up to check the velocity yet. 6.5 Shooters Favorite Reload Bullet For Hunting Deer and Elk? between 35-39 grains imr 4064 depending on the rifle. Been playing with the 220 Swift for 30+ years. If you read the old Hand Loader magazines and the NRA Magazines from the 30's, bullet designers and cartridge designers were dying to make history. It has long been thought that you can use a heavy for twist bullet with good results by pushing them to max velocities, this is what I normally do. What Barrel Length and Twist for a 270WSM Build. He happens to be the ballistician there, so if any one would know this issue, i would say he knows, so here is the email in complete form. The .220 Swift typically uses bullets in the 40-60 grain range while the .22-250 usually shoots 35-64 grain bullets. The .220 Swift has been dear to my heart for over 50 years. Don’t listen to all the rubbish published about how bad the Swift is. I used 55gr flat base Sierra bullets. Puts five 45s, 50s or 55 SPs into 7/16 at 100 metres (110 yds) on a regular basis. Me? I have other, larger caliber rifles for such extremely long range work. That AR rifles with the fast twists shooting the heavy .22 bullets now available are considered the bee's knees for long range target shooting today, while the .220 Swift and the .22-250 are considered a waste of time for the same purpose, because they normally come with slower twist barrels optimized for shooting varmint bullets? I've never heard or seen a 220 swift barrel [factory] other than 1 & 14 twist rate. To appreciate the.220 Swift, we need to go back some 86 years when the world was a vastly different place. Case life can be greatly increased by using a neck die, or a full-length die adjusted to partially size the case. I’d also be curious about imr 4166 compressed. Love that rifle even with a right handed bolt, and being left handed. It’s slower burn rate but also denser so you can fit more in there. If you still feel you are qualified to post in those subforums, please contact "Shane Tuttle" (the mod for that portion of TFL) via Private Message for assistance. 240 Weatherby Magnum. You sure that's a 9" twist on that barrel?? He was just looking for advice you don't all need to tell him it can't be done. Seems to me that heavy (60-80) grn bullets would defeat the purpose of the 220 Swift, I thought they were designed to be a super velocity cart. There are a couple of other things to think about.... A true 1/9 in a .223 isn't quick enough to stabilize a 75gr bullet. Open to suggestions as some of you forgot more than I know.....................thanks!! You might hear some people saying that the Swift is not as good as the 22-250 Remington. You are using an out of date browser. Did shoot anything under 200yds. I'd be surprised if a Swift would do it. if you need info on the swift, frankenmauser is the one to ask. I emailed Bryan from Berger Bullets. If you have a firearm related question, please register and post it on the forums. I don't think there is anything realistic that can't be done. 257 WEATHERBY MAGNUM. 220 Swift. This bullet grains range from 40 gr to 60 gr, and its speed ranges between 3,600 on the 60gr and 4,200 fps on the 40 gr. Since most rifles chambered in .22-250 Remington and .220 Swift have 1:14″ rifling twists, they have trouble stabilizing heavier bullets. 220 Swift - 40 grain Versio n 8.0 26" H-S P rec isio n 1-14" 220 Swift - 40 grain 22 Cal. 220 Swift - 55 grain Versio n 8.0 P RIMER TY P E No sler® 0.210 C T® Ballistic Silvertip® 0.267 0.218 0.210 220 Swift - 55 grain 22 Cal. The 22-250 and the 220 Swift was designed for one thing and one thing only- BULLET SPEED! Best Reviews 2 Barrel Long Range Rifle And 220 Swift Rifle Barrels For Sale Downl This stretching can result in neck thickening and premature case-head separation. Norma 6XC. If it is a 1-9" twist barrel then 69-77gr bullets should be about ideal. That's why when the 220 Swift was in peak production and in the late 1930's, the 40gr and I believe 48gr bullet with a barrel twist of 1-14 and 1-16 were the only thing available at the time. besides , he has nothing better to do all day than tinker with it. 257 ROBERTS. Flat trajectory is a relative term. 220 Swift standard twist rate is 1:14" optimized for 50-55 gr bullets. I never gone back and checked it. It should also be s… Sierra Manual shows 55gr SpFb, 39gr IMR 4064, @ 39gr. It is no worse to load for than any other cartridge. Ok, First, lets look at history. Immediately, I took pity on any foxes, crows and rabbits around the farm, as long-range varminting is my passion. Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving to you guys and gals here. I had tried the 53 vmax because of the bc but it wouldn’t stabilize. His rifle wore a 15X Lyman Super Targetspot scope, and the long-range accuracy of that rifle and its owner were legendary in my neck of the woods. It's a great 400yd ground squirrel rifle. The best of the factory 22 varmint calibers. I use a load that's from a Sierra first reloading book. Remington 700 220 Swift, 26-in fluted stainless barrel and action, Monte Carlo Woodstock, Timmy Calvin elite trigger, Leopold scope base and rings, 150 pieces of brass 50 rounds loaded to optimal charge weight,200 55 grain Hornady VMAX, RCBS dies, … Any flat based 55 grain bullet. If a 223 can shoot 1000 yards sure as hell the 220 swift can. Try them though and they may work fine, every rifle is different. A buddy of mine has a .220 Swift and we are looking into doing some reloading for it, leaning towards a 50 SBK and either AA2700 or H-380.......looking at a load that will stay in a coyote. SO, that was the title the developer wanted. The .220 Swift is my favorite for reasons more sentimental than practical, but anytime I need to send a long-distance hello across the Back Forty, Mr. Woodchuck is in grave danger regardless of whether the rifle I am shooting is chambered for the .22-250 or the .220 Swift. One of the most interesting articles I read about the .220 Swift was one P.O Ackley in his book Volume 1 page 83 writes about testing the .220 Swift on a 1/2 inch armor-plate from the front of a U.S halt-track with three cartridges for a penetration test, a 100gr .270 Win, .30-06 Gov't A.P. The 220 grain round nose produces a combination of fast expansion on large but lean game as well as optimum penetration on heavy game. Temp insensitive. Interesting thread. I have been away from it for years, but now a have a new area to shot ground squirrels at. very accurate rifle but it prefers to have the bullets seated out to the lands making the COAL way too long to use the magazine. Purchased in 1974 and fired 20 times and has been in the safe since. The 220 Swift, like the .22-250, is prone to case stretching due to its shallow shoulder angle and long, tapering shape. If it is actually 1:9" twist, you will probably have trouble keeping bullets together (as in they wil spin themselves apart) or you will be limited to the heaviest bullets you can find (I believe 90 gr is the heaviest availabe from commercial bulletmakers). I have a first year production model 70 220 swift with a 3 diget serial # Standard barrel 26" long. with a Rem 9 1/2 primer in Rem brass. Is it a custom barrel or factory? I suspect they are too long for the 14 twist barrel. Gun Parts - Stocks, Barrels, Actions, etc. The Swift is not therefore consistent in its wounding performance over normal hunting ranges (out to 300 yards). Higher bc. It was released in 1950, during the peace and prosperity which followed World War II, and stood in the shadow of the speedy .220 Swift which came 15 years earlier. As I unpacked a variety of rifles, scopes and mounts, I immediately saw I had been sent a Remington 700 VSSF II in a sizzling .220 Swift. The Maximum Point Blank Range (MPBR), which is shown in the last column of the table below, is the distance at which the bullet falls 3 inches below the line of sight. The 220 Swift. If you are a TFL member and can access TFL, please do not use this link; instead, use the forums (like Questions, Suggestions, and Tech Support) or PM an appropriate mod or admin. The .220 Swift. As far as a long range set up, the 220 Swift would be good out to 400 yards. Regardless of bullet style, when used on medium game, the .220 Swift is deadliest when used as a 125 yard cartridge. Purely for barrel-bullet matchup, a 9 twist Swift will surely handle 75 grain bullets and probably 80; probably not 90. Half a century ago, small-bore accuracy was defined by a single cartridge, a simple, mild cartridge called the .222 Remington. But that is another story. Over that time I've found "the load" that worked for me in near every .220 Swift I've shot it in. I say good luck and please keep us updated with your project please. With Nosler 40 grain B Tips, the 220 swift at 4000 fps it's a great varmint round. $850.00 I've always been of the high velocity/flat trajectory school of thought. It was the first factory-loaded rifle cartridge with a muzzle velocity of over 1,200 m/s (4,000 ft/s). This email link is to reach site administrators for assistance, if you cannot access TFL via other means. 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