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220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

 
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Old 06-24-2004, 11:00 PM
 
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220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

Looking at a sendero in 220 swift for p-dogs. What do you guys think compared to the 22-250 or other calibers?
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Old 06-25-2004, 03:04 AM
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Re: 220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

john m

IMHO, i'd go for the 22-250. it is apparently a more inherently accurate cartridge and is not very far behind the swift in terms of performance.

personal taste thing though i suppose...

derek
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Old 06-25-2004, 04:14 AM
 
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Re: 220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

I'd go for the 22-250 ,its not far enough behind the 220Swift in speed for you to notice , their arte alot more factopry loads out their , its accuracy is legendary , great amouts of reloading tools and componets around.
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Old 06-25-2004, 05:38 AM
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Re: 220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

I have a 22-250 Ackley Improved with a 1 in 8 twist barrel. 75 grain A-Max are just the ticket for long range varmint sized targets. Running at moderate speeds (3300 fps) there is reduced barrel wear, which is a problem with the Swift and the Ackley has benefits over the standard 22-250 in that there is less case trimming required. Cannot recommend this highly enough over the two other choices mentioned. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Old 06-25-2004, 09:14 AM
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Re: 220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

...overall, most people prefer the 22-250; I will say however, the swift is at least equal in accuracy and superior at the more extended ranges... you might wanna try the swift at least once and judge for yourself... (pardon me for saying so, but the 22br is best of all, but no factory round)...jmho... Larry
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Old 06-25-2004, 09:48 AM
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Re: 220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

John ,
I've had both , a Sako Swift first and then a Rem. 700 VSSF .22/250 .
I'd have to say that I found the .22/250 disappointing (ended up rebarreling to .243 Ackley) after having had the Swift for 20 years and 2 barrels .
In terms of accuracy both are good but what I've read (and that's plenty) suggests if anything , a slight edge to the Swift .
Forget all the crap you'll hear about the Swift burning barrels . Most of it comes from those who own .22/250's and have an inferiority complex [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]. How you load and treat your barrel will have a bigger influence on it's life than which of the two you choose .
There is no way you can load a .22/250 within 100 FPS of a Swift without cases stretching badly and needing regular full length sizing . Make sure you buy a case trimmer if you go .22/250 and be prepared to junk the cases after 4 trimmings .
Swift cases stretch too , but not to the same extent in my experience . I found that I was getting around 10 loads before requiring trimming in mine vs about 3 or 4 in the .22/250 . The Swift is simply a heavier , stronger case .
Varmints can't tell the difference but I'd go Swift for the mechanical advantages .
The Swift can handle slower burning powders and still give good velocity , accuracy and case life .There's no flies on a 50gn Nosler BT at 3900 - 4000 fps in front of 44 - 45gns Mulwex AR 2209 (I think Hodgdons H4350 is the same ?)
Dies , cases etc. aren't hard to find for the Swift so don't think that would be a major consideration . Factory ammo is more readily available for the .22/250 .
The .22/250 Ackley Improved is good as Andy suggests if you're going custom but I wouldn't buy a factory gun and have it rechambered . The .220 Wilson Arrow (an improved Swift) is also very good .
Best thing of all about the "varmint king" is that you can always outdo a .22/250 owner when it comes to bragging rights . [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] (That should stir ém up)

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Old 06-25-2004, 10:08 AM
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Re: 220 Swift vs. 22-250 for varmints...Opinions Please

I have to agree. I have a swift, and my friend has a 22-250. We both prefer the swift. Mine has a 1/14 twist, so as long as I use 52g bullets, and accept a 600 yard range limit, it performs amazingly. I tried to shoot at 800-1000 yards but they were going unstable. I get lots of reloads out of my brass, and great accuracy.
38.6 grains of 4064 with 52SMK.
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