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Unread 03-19-2005, 10:48 AM
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Re: 220 Swift

i shot 38.5 grs varget behind 50gr blitz king shot very well at around 3700+fps (not super fast but ...)and i shot 43.5 grs H414 behind 55vmax at around 3850 shot real good with both loads....i believe both are under max but look them up first...Brien
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Unread 03-19-2005, 04:13 PM
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Re: 220 Swift

I second the h380 powder choice. I did not have good luck with it. Varget was much better for me, but I'm talking 22-250 and not 220 here so it might be ok for you. A lot of people use it just not me anymore.
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Unread 03-20-2005, 09:55 AM
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Re: 220 Swift

I agree with brianb& BTM,43.5 gr of 414 is what Ive used in two Rem classic 220s and was the best load I found for both of them.From the little experience Ive had with Rugers,it can sometimes be hard to seat the bullet very close to or on the lands with thier newer guns.The old M77s were chambered much better than the new ones.
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Unread 03-20-2005, 09:00 PM
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Re: 220 Swift

Don't know for swift. But I use the 55 vmax in 22-250. I use win-760 39.4 grs. Workd very well. Do you know the twist in the brl?
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Unread 03-21-2005, 06:58 AM
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Re: 220 Swift

I had a Swift for about 20 years and used 43 gns of AR 2209 (H 4350 in the US) with the 52 and 53 gn Hornady match hollow points . Same load worked in my rifle with the 55gn V Max or 44 gn with the 50 gn V Max . These are maximum loads but I had excellent case and barrel life with them . 50gn load was close to 4000 fps from memory . 5 shots around 1/2 MOA in my Sako .
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Unread 03-21-2005, 10:12 AM
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Re: 220 Swift

I am just guessing here, but I think 1:14". I just had some H380 left over from test loading a .257 Roberts. I just thought I would give it a shot. I was reading in my nosler reloading book the other night and they recommended the IMR 4064 for the 220. I did also think of giving the Varget a try or reloader 15... We shall see.
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Unread 03-21-2005, 01:31 PM
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Re: 220 Swift

Try H4895 and 50 gr. I got 3800 fps + and accuracy in the .2's"
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