Re: 220 swift load advise
I own two Ruger 77V in 220 Swift, and use primarily 55 grain bullets, sometimes 62 grain.
Some years ago, I tried to use 40 grain .224" Sierra round nose Hornet bullets in a Swift for short range head shots on cats and they were accurate and it worked; no exits, more often than not.
But, the pressures didn't build enough to expand the necks and I had some flame cutting on the outside of the necks, not all the way through, but enough to ruin the cases.
My message is that for ranges to 600 yards, you should be considering heavy bullets with a better BC. Even the 50gr. VMax is too light for Swift capacities. The 55 gr. VMax is a nice bullet for the 220Swift, as is the Nosler 55 Ballistic Tip. Hitting targets at that range will be easier with heavier bullets
With that cartridge and that contour and length of barrel, and that stock? Shooting 40 and 50 grain bullets. Why do you need a brake?
Good hunting. LB