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220 swift barnes bullets

 
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Old 11-03-2013, 08:10 PM
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220 swift barnes bullets

Wanting to try some barnes bullets out of my m77 mark 2 vt 220 swift. Looking for some one who has experience with these bullets and how well they perform on game. Looking mostly at the tsx. Any help would be awesome.
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:02 PM
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Re: 220 swift barnes bullets

I have had great results with 45-62gr tsx and 50gr varmint grenade, but I have a 1:8 twist barrel on my Swift. Barnes 36gr vg is all that will work in a 14" twist Ruger barrel
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:03 PM
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Re: 220 swift barnes bullets

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I have had great results with 45-62gr tsx and 50gr varmint grenade, but I have a 1:8 twist barrel on my Swift. Barnes 36gr vg is all that will work in a 14" twist Ruger barrel

I have the same Ruger M77 MKII, and I have to disagree with you fuelpincher. With the Hornady Vmax 50gr my swift will reach out to 800 meters consistently. Haven't tried further out...yet.

As for the Barnes bullets, I've loaded the 52gr tsx's with IMR4064 powder and have had great results.
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Old 12-04-2013, 08:16 AM
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Re: 220 swift barnes bullets

Shotgun77
You are cheating. The vmax works well because it is a lead core bullet. But I am impressed that you can keep the 52tsx stable. I've tried pushing the 45tsx with RL-15 through my Ruger no.1 14" twist with less than spectacular results and couldn't keep the 50vg on paper. I have gave up trying because it is a lot easier to just use my fast twist gun for the long lead free bullets. I'll tell you what; if you can keep a 50vg on paper with your Ruger, I'll buy you a beer next time I see you
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:50 PM
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Re: 220 swift barnes bullets

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Shotgun77
You are cheating. The vmax works well because it is a lead core bullet. But I am impressed that you can keep the 52tsx stable. I've tried pushing the 45tsx with RL-15 through my Ruger no.1 14" twist with less than spectacular results and couldn't keep the 50vg on paper. I have gave up trying because it is a lot easier to just use my fast twist gun for the long lead free bullets. I'll tell you what; if you can keep a 50vg on paper with your Ruger, I'll buy you a beer next time I see you
fuelpincher, I can honestly say that I haven't tried paper out past 300yds. For the longer range shooting I like to use gongs. With the Vmax 40 and 50 grainers I can hit a 12" gong at 500yds. The time I went out past 300yds with the 52gr tsx's it was on a gong that was 1mt square. So from what you're telling me, is I need to see if they're tumbling in there. Thanks for the heads up, I always like and excuse to get out and shoot.

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Old 12-07-2013, 10:06 AM
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Re: 220 swift barnes bullets

Quite a few years ago I took a antelope with a 220 Swift using Barnes. Can't remember exactly what I was using but they were very accurate. They were most likely 52 gr. or right in there. 200 yards, the first shot hunched him up and you could tell by his eyes he was in shock. 2nd shot tipped him right over. Tiny holes going in and out but worked just fine. Use them with confidence.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:44 AM
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Re: 220 swift barnes bullets

To be clear, I'm specifically referring to the varmint grenade which is a powdered metal core frangible bullet which is considerably longer for a given weight than a lead core or even the solid copper Barnes bullets. Stabilizing a .22 50gr vg is like stabilizing an 80gr lead bullet because they are about the same length. Check out this twist rate calculator and you'll see what I'm talking about: http://www.bergerbullets.com/litz/TwistRuleAlt.php
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