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220swift vs 22_250

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Unread 08-15-2005, 10:15 AM
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Re: 220swift vs 22_250

I have a Ruger Target in .220 Swift and my dad has the same rifle in .22-250. I might be able to give a little comparison about the two cartridges. My dad bought his first and I worked with it. My dad is not much into reloading and finding loads as I am. So when we get new rifles, I test them out. Fine with me though, I love it. Anyways, I tried the 40g v-max with imr-4895. He's getting 4100fps and shooting in the .3's for 3 shots. Nothing spectacular, but I pretty much stopped there as he said its good enough for him. So I got to thinking I needed a new varmint rifle. I was going to get a 22-250 but of course wanted the speed of the swift. Thats what turned me on, and I wanted to shoot 55g bullets. I bought some IMR-4064 as recomended by lots for 55g bullets, and bought some 55g BT's. I worked up a load with 36g, 37g, and 38g. 38g of I-4064 gave me a .295" 3 shot group at 100 yards while scooting along at 3925fps. I tried a 10 shot group and got 7 shots in 1 hole with 3 flyers about 1/2" outside the group. It will shoot 2" 5 shot groups at 300 and it will hold at least MOA out to 600. So far as accuracy goes, I would say if there both in a nice rifle, they both have the ability to shoot very well. I would say if anything, my swift is a little more accurate out at the longer yardages than my dads 22-250. I have had little problems getting my swift to shoot what I want it to shoot also. It will shoot 40g vlc's into .3", 50g vmax moly into .2", 52g AMAX into .4" 5 shots. I have only tried 4064 and RL-15 powders. They seem to work well for accuracy and velocity for me. I have had no problems with feeding out of the magazine for the Swift. My opinion is if you want to try something different, dont be scared. You might just love it. I know I love my swift and I would not trade it for a 22-250.
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Unread 08-15-2005, 10:31 AM
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Re: 220swift vs 22_250

I have owned 220 Swifts for thirty years. Good, solid cartridge. I also shoot 22-250 and 22-250 Ackley, BTW.

I have seen a number of early Ruger Model 77 220 Swift's that would not chamber a cartridge from the off side of the magazine. In other words, the first and third would chamber fine, but the second and fourth would jamb against the face of the barrel, requiring feed ramp modifications.

Good hunting. LB
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Unread 08-15-2005, 07:16 PM
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Re: 220swift vs 22_250

Condor, my Swift is on a Remington SS trued action/piller bedded into a H&S varmint stock/Lija 27" 930 at muzzel w/holland brake/Jewell 2oz trigger/Nightforce 5.5x22-56mm NXS/Lightforce bases and rings w/20 moa. As you can see, you can do alot with the Remington action you have. If you want to build a top notch longrange varmint rifle, I would suggest building something similar to mine. The 220 swift is a very accurate round, and I gaurantee you will love it if that is the caliber you choose. Good luck!!! Wildcat. O!! and by the way, my step brother lives in Holland.
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Unread 08-15-2005, 07:19 PM
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Condor, I sent you a message, but I replied back to myself. Look fot it. I sent it 08-15-05. Sorry!!!!
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Unread 08-18-2005, 02:59 PM
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Re: 220swift vs 22_250

i haven't got i, so can you please try to send it again
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