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Old 11-04-2004, 07:47 AM
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Re: 220 swift whats a good off the shelf brand and what grain

Bigrich ,
Was out recently and saw a bloke put 4 Winchester 55gn pointed soft points into a 90 pound kangaroo's chest at 45 yards with his .22/250 . He then walked up and whilst it was still standing shot it in the head from close range .
They would have to be the worst projectiles available I reckon . Nothing he shot (bigger than a rabbit) all night went down with one shot . They might kill praire dogs?

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Old 11-05-2004, 01:41 PM
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Re: 220 swift whats a good off the shelf brand and what grain

Aussie, apparently, game here in the States are a little easier to kill. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

I don't want to be put in the position of defending Winchester cartridges. Actually, I have never used them, my point being that the 55 grain bullets, in the only factory ammunition I could think of, off hand, is by far the best choice. I think I have as much experience with this caliber since the mid seventies, as almost anyone, and if it is used intelligently, I believe it's one of the best 22 centerfires available as a factory chambering. Since I have never fired a single factory cartridge in either of my Swifts, I cannot give testimony. But the risk seems overstated.

Your example seems the rare incident, about like the time I emptied an entire magazine of 45ACP Ball into the frontal area of a coyote and still had to dispatch him with a large rock. I wouldn't cite that event as indicative of the killing ability of my Combat Commander, under normal circumstances.

As I said previously, this gentleman should consider handloading and then we may offer 20 or 30 suitable bullets, as a starting point. That statement I will defend.

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Old 11-05-2004, 02:29 PM
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Re: 220 swift whats a good off the shelf brand and what grain

My VSSF puts the federal premium loads with the 52gr SMK into tiny little groups. They are by far the best factory loads I have found between the following

Norma 50gr sp
rem 50gr NBT's (2nd best)
win supreme BST's
hornady 40gr vmax moly
hornady 55gr vmax moly
federal prem 52gr SMK.
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Old 11-06-2004, 05:58 AM
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Re: 220 swift whats a good off the shelf brand and what grain

LB ,
I know what you mean about rare incidents but unfortunately for the dozen or so roos culled using that projectile on the particular evening in question it proved not to be . Almost all required at least one follow up shot . That doesn't happen with a .22/250 or Swift using good projectiles . I think the 55gn PSP's were just too hard and went straight thru without much expansion .I had the same thing happen to me a few times with the 60gn Hornady hollow point out of my .22/250 and stopped using them for that reason .
JustC might have the answer anyway . From what I have seen most rifles shoot the 52gn Sierra MK pretty well .
I have found it to be an effective projectile on game too . [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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