I have a 220 swift rem. sendero. I would like to know yalls opinion on bullet selection. I'm not for sure the rate of twist, but i would like to try some 90 gr. Bergers or the barnes triple shock. I am currently shooting the v-max with 4064, which shoots quite well, but I would hate to shoot a deer w/ this setup. Does anyone have any big game loads they are willing to share?
thanks in advance
nuc em' til they glow, and shoot em' in the dark
Kid, I have never hunted a deer with a 22 caliber before, however, if I were to use a 22 cal., the 220 Swift would be my pick. Regarding bullets, I've only used V-MAX and Nosler Ballistic Tips in my Swift. I know Nosler makes a 60grn Partition, I would say this might be your best choice.
I have shot deer and antelope both with the 55 grain ballistic tip and they both went down with one shot. One was a heart shot on deer at 250. The antelope was further, a double lung. The bullet performed well in my opinion, both times. I DO NOT make this a practice with this cartridge/bullet. The times this happened I was hunting coyote and had the doe tags for each and the perfect shots presented itself. I must say though I was impressed with the performance. Big holes in the coyotes but good terminal performance on the deer/antelope.
My only experience with the Barnes triple shock is in 7mm. If the 22's perform as the 7 did I would opt for that bullet.
A buddy of mine has been shooting whitetails for many years with his 22-250. Personally, it wouldn't be my choice but he has killed many deer and claims to have killed every single one of them without a single loss. He uses a 53gr Barnes X bullet, exclusively. He also sais that most of them drop to the shot and that he has NEVER recovered a bullet, getting complete pass throughs every time.
In a standard twist .224 barrel the Barnes may be hard to beat. I tried the original 53gr X bullets in my 22-250 and couldn't get them to group worth crap. However, the TSX bullets are MUCH easier to load for. I just haven't tried the .224" TSX's yet.
I've witnessed and saw plenty deer come down by 55g btips out of 223-22-250's. They never lost any deer shot with them either. Most simply dropped in there tracks. I think the farthest was a forky shot around 450 yards 220 swift 55g btip at 3900fps, and it dropped like it had been shot with any 25-06 or 270. If you pick your shots carefully and place the bullet in the chest cavity, they'll kill deer just as well as any other calibers.