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Old 02-08-2006, 10:22 PM
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220 swift load suggestions

Hey guys, I just received my new 220 swift and I would like some load suggestions for a 55grn V-MAX or 55grn Berger MEF bullet. I went out this weekend and shot some groups with 50grn V-MAX and was impressed with the groups it shot with this bullet. My first three shots, at 100 yards, measured .139 and the second three shot group, at 100 yards, measured .110. I was pretty happy with this bullet. However, I would like to use 55grn V-MAX or 55grn Berger MEF. I would like to have a little extra weight to buck the wind at longer ranges. I will be using H380 powder, 210 Match primers and Norma Brass. This rifle is being used as a dedicated varmint rig for ranges out to 600 yards. The rifle is set up as follows; Remington Action trued, inside a Speedy Gonzalez Sleeve, blue printed to a Lilja 27" 1/14 twist .930 at muzzel with Holland Brake, pillar bedded into a McMillan A-4 Stock, Jewell trigger set at 8oz, Kelby rings topped with a Nightforce 5.5x22x56 NXS. I would like to get some suggestions from those of you who shoot the 220 swift with 55grn V-MAX or 55grn Berger MEF. I would like to hear what you guys think about these bullets and if it is worth the time and effort to test them scence the 50grn V-MAX shot so well. Thanks for your suggestions!! and yes the rifle is heavy, about 17lbs, and with the brake the rifle does not even move.
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Old 02-09-2006, 09:20 AM
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Re: 220 swift load suggestions

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About 30 years ago I used a load that I found in period reloading book. It was 43.5 grains of IMR-4350 with either a 52 or 53 grain bullet. I nearly always used the Sierra 53gr HPBT bullet but worked fine with all bullets in the weight range. I always got groups in the 1/4" size no matter what Swift I used, including the Remington 700 that I have today. You may want to drop it a half grain or so for the 55 grain bullet, but it sure a winner for me.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:25 AM
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Re: 220 swift load suggestions

wildcat, sounds like a really nice shootin iron. A good load for the swift would be between 43.5 and 44.5 grains of Ramshot Hunter with that 55 grain bullet. A 1 in 12 twist might shoot the 55 better, but with the velocity you will get, the 14 should work ok. Good shooting....
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:07 PM
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Re: 220 swift load suggestions

I shoot VV-N160 with the 55 grain Baltip in a Douglas barrel 1-12 twist 27". IMR-4831 works real well also. H-380 was slower and I had temp/pressure problems with H-380.
Y'our gonna love that Swift!!
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Old 02-09-2006, 01:58 PM
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Re: 220 swift load suggestions

My swifts really like 45 grains of H414 and a 50 grain nosler BT. Burns clean and runs right at 4000 fps. Nice
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:18 PM
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Re: 220 swift load suggestions

My ruger Target swift loves 55g btips with the old standby of IMR-4064. 38g produces right at 3925fps and gives me .3" 3 shot groups at 100, and right at 5 inch groups at 525 yards. My swift also shoots 40g btips and 50g vmaxes under .25", but I like the 55g bullet for all around use.
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:34 PM
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Re: 220 swift load suggestions

I shoot the 55gr BTs almost exclusively out of my Swift (though I have also had great luck w/ the 50gr V-max). My favorite powder for these is VV N540 at 41gr. This a pretty warm load but it is my most consistent for getting down under .5". This load clocks at 4060 fps out of a 26" 1-14 twist barrel. I also have some good loads worked up for Varget and RL15.
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