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Such emails will be ignored. Me? To appreciate the.220 Swift, we need to go back some 86 years when the world was a vastly different place. 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. It may not display this or other websites correctly. Nice lookin' rifle, except they put the bolt and cheekpiece on the wrong side. 6 MM NORMA BR. The barrier that everyone was trying to break the 4,000 fps. Higher bc. 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. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. The .220 Swift typically uses bullets in the 40-60 grain range while the .22-250 usually shoots 35-64 grain bullets. Velocity shown @ 3900fps. 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. This is extreme accurate load in my 220 Swift. What Barrel Length and Twist for a 270WSM Build. It is accurate for dogs out to 300 yards and beyond. But that is another story. 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. 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. The Swift is not therefore consistent in its wounding performance over normal hunting ranges (out to 300 yards). 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. The Hornady 80-gr. Velocity was somewhere around 3900fps. .220 Swift The .220 Swift shooting 80-grain bullets is probably the ideal long-range varmint/predator rifle. The 220 grain round nose produces a combination of fast expansion on large but lean game as well as optimum penetration on heavy game. To elaborate on my brief recommendation....I played with a very finicky 220 swift once...tried other things, none of them did well. One loves it or hates it, the truth is it's a remarkable cartridge for the varmint game, in some circles mythological. Half a century ago, small-bore accuracy was defined by a single cartridge, a simple, mild cartridge called the .222 Remington. 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. Thus between the muzzle and the distance given as the MPBR, the bullet never strays more than 3 inches above or below the line of sight (1.5 inches for varmint loads). It was the first factory-loaded rifle cartridge with a muzzle velocity of over 1,200 m/s (4,000 ft/s). if you need info on the swift, frankenmauser is the one to ask. I'm a lifelong .220 Swift shooter, but have never really considered it in this light. 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. at which it did. 220 Swift. You are using an out of date browser. And how did you ever get that close to that dog in the bottom picture? 243 Winchester. I've never heard or seen a 220 swift barrel [factory] other than 1 & 14 twist rate. The 220 Swift, like the .22-250, is prone to case stretching due to its shallow shoulder angle and long, tapering shape. and the .220 Swift 48gr factory load. Indeed, … Purchased in 1974 and fired 20 times and has been in the safe since. 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. It is no worse to load for than any other cartridge. The 90gr bullets are usually for 1-7"/1-8" twsit barrels. Period! 6.5 Shooters Favorite Reload Bullet For Hunting Deer and Elk? The 240 grain PP is a straight out hard hitting, deep penetrating bullet when used at close to moderate ranges. Flat trajectory is a relative term. Immediately, I took pity on any foxes, crows and rabbits around the farm, as long-range varminting is my passion. The plastic tipped 55s open up to 7/8. 220 Swift standard twist rate is 1:14" optimized for 50-55 gr bullets. Now the 1 in 14" is not supposed to shoot the heavier bullets but I have 2 that will. 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. Best Reviews 2 Barrel Long Range Rifle And 220 Swift Rifle Barrels For Sale Downl Might work... My 220 Swift is a 1-14 twist. 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, … This caliber has been discontinued 11 years ago. 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. 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. 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. Did shoot anything under 200yds. 257 WEATHERBY MAGNUM. Don’t listen to all the rubbish published about how bad the Swift is. Case life can be greatly increased by using a neck die, or a full-length die adjusted to partially size the case. 240 Weatherby Magnum. My barrel twist is 1-14 in M-98 24 1/2" length heavy. 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. JavaScript is disabled. You must log in or register to reply here. 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? SO, that was the title the developer wanted. 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. 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. 25-06 REMINGTON. If you have a firearm related question, please register and post it on the forums. I emailed Bryan from Berger Bullets. 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 best of the factory 22 varmint calibers. The question you have to ask is "Flat to where?". 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). This email contact address is not an "Ask the Firearms Expert" service. 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. As far as a long range set up, the 220 Swift would be good out to 400 yards. I didn't have a chronograph at that time. I didn't have a chronographs at the time, and haven't set one up to check the velocity yet. AMAX has a BC of .453, which doesn’t sound great until you realize most .224 bullets have BCs in the 2’s. It’s slower burn rate but also denser so you can fit more in there. Any flat based 55 grain bullet. 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. Love that rifle even with a right handed bolt, and being left handed. According to "Cartridges of the World" 6th edition, its the fastest commercial cartridge produced. 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. 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. 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. He was just looking for advice you don't all need to tell him it can't be done. I never gone back and checked it. 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. 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. Sierra Manual shows 55gr SpFb, 39gr IMR 4064, @ 39gr. Over that time I've found "the load" that worked for me in near every .220 Swift I've shot it in. 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. The .220 Swift. I’d also be curious about imr 4166 compressed. 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. Thats alot of negatives guys. Just bought a Rem 700 VSSF in .220 Swift and have been working up loads for it. I … I dont know of any factory loads that heavy you will almost certainly have to handload for the .220 Swift. with a Rem 9 1/2 primer in Rem brass. The 22-250 and the 220 Swift was designed for one thing and one thing only- BULLET SPEED! Try them though and they may work fine, every rifle is different. Good luck and have fun. If a 223 can shoot 1000 yards sure as hell the 220 swift can. Purely for barrel-bullet matchup, a 9 twist Swift will surely handle 75 grain bullets and probably 80; probably not 90. 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. But the flat base 55 Nosler varmageddon over 38 grains of 4064 was the ticket. Since most rifles chambered in .22-250 Remington and .220 Swift have 1:14″ rifling twists, they have trouble stabilizing heavier bullets. You sure that's a 9" twist on that barrel?? I have other, larger caliber rifles for such extremely long range work. Open to suggestions as some of you forgot more than I know.....................thanks!! I have several 22-250 AI's all on short actions and COAL is not a problem. I don't think there is anything realistic that can't be done. This stretching can result in neck thickening and premature case-head separation. It's a great 400yd ground squirrel rifle. So if you are shooting the .220 Swift enjoy it, it is a great cartridge and in … 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. (.224") ** = Compressed load “ Because Nosler, Inc. has no control over the actual components selected, the manner in which they are assembled or the 257 ROBERTS. I use a load that's from a Sierra first reloading book. I have a first year production model 70 220 swift with a 3 diget serial # Standard barrel 26" long. besides , he has nothing better to do all day than tinker with it. I have been away from it for years, but now a have a new area to shot ground squirrels at. 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