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.220 Swift

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Unread 03-02-2009, 10:55 PM
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Re: .220 Swift

Yeah, I'll say he needs practice, he keeps missing the quarter!
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Unread 03-03-2009, 09:04 AM
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Good one!!
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Unread 03-29-2009, 07:49 AM
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During my father's college yrs in the late 50's at MSU (MT), he had two rifles, both M70's, one was a 300 H&H re-chambered to 300 Ackley, and the other was a 220 SWIFT. He still has the SWIFT. In fact we are getting ready to go to WY for a PD hunt in June. It will be a Grandpa, Son, Grandson road trip in honor of my son's graduation from High School. Dad will be bringing the SWIFT along and his M700 17 Rem. Travis and I will be using our M700 223's.

There is an almost sense of "magic" when the name SWIFT is brought up, inspires a sense of adventure and authority. It is a riflemen's rifle.

Then my son and I have these synthetic stocked 223's - no personality, if you know what I mean.

For deer hunting, he had great success with 60gr bullets. The factory barrel stablize's them without difficulty.

For the SWIFT, his go-to load for varmints is 37.0 grs of IMR 4064 with a 52 to 55 gr bullet.

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Unread 06-14-2009, 10:32 AM
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I have had a 220 Swift sence 1966 and I shoot Two bullets out of them both Hornady 52 gr bthp match 250 Primer 43.0 gr win 760 .030 off the land, and 40 gr vmax 45.0 gr win 760 with 250 cci .030 off land , I have never had any thing walk away dead in its tracks , I have been shooting the V max for about 5 years and it is a very intersting bulett , When I shoot a Coyote with it there is never a exit , Just My 2 cents Note these loads are not to be used in Your gun Work up very slowley They are barn burners and You should be very careful with them Dangerous Dan
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Unread 06-14-2009, 05:13 PM
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Re: .220 Swift

I like the JLK Low Drags--

1) 52 gr.--14 twists--BC=.302
2) 60--12 twists--BC=.339
3) 65--10 twists--BC=.395

check them out here-- www.swampworks.com

Had only 1 gun in 5 or so that they didn't better accuracy in. My buddy's factory Savage Striker 22-250 shot them into <.5 MOA, and shot a 2.5" 3-shot gp. at 425 yds, perfectly cloverleafed.

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