220 swift etronx

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I have this 220 swift that shoots great (.25") with factory ammo. 50 gr vmax. Been trying to reverse-engineered load and can't figure out what brand of powder Remington used.
does anybody have any idea what it may be? I know its 37 gr of a dark-grey slim stick-like texture. Would appreciate any leads
 

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There is every possibility that Remington use a blended powder that isn't available to us reloaders. A lot of the major ammo manufacturers use blended powder to obtain the burn rate and results they are after.
 

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getting harder to find fac ammo. guess I will keep trying. Have most info, 37 grain of powder, Hornady vmax 50 gr bullet, case length is 2.20", col= 2.665", primer is etronx and bullet speed = 3800 fps.
thanks for your reply!!
 

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I looked at Nosler #8 and the only powder in that velocity range @ 37.0gn is A-2520. They list Viht140 @ 37gn (3676fps) and RL15 @ 3754fps w/26" barrel.
Hornady shows IMR4320, IMR4064, Win748 and Varget all in the 37.0gn range @ 3800ish.
I would give Win748 "a shot" first. I have had good luck (accuracy) with this in the .223Rem and .22-250Rem but sometimes it can be a roll of the dice trying to emulate factory loads for reasons stated above. Good luck and be careful.
 

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I looked at Nosler #8 and the only powder in that velocity range @ 37.0gn is A-2520. They list Viht140 @ 37gn (3676fps) and RL15 @ 3754fps w/26" barrel.
Hornady shows IMR4320, IMR4064, Win748 and Varget all in the 37.0gn range @ 3800ish.
I would give Win748 "a shot" first. I have had good luck (accuracy) with this in the .223Rem and .22-250Rem but sometimes it can be a roll of the dice trying to emulate factory loads for reasons stated above. Good luck and be careful.
 

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I have this 220 swift that shoots great (.25") with factory ammo. 50 gr vmax. Been trying to reverse-engineered load and can't figure out what brand of powder Remington used.
does anybody have any idea what it may be? I know its 37 gr of a dark-grey slim stick-like texture. Would appreciate any leads
Even Underwood uses proprietary powders that cant be bought by us little people.
 

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I have this 220 swift that shoots great (.25") with factory ammo. 50 gr vmax. Been trying to reverse-engineered load and can't figure out what brand of powder Remington used.
does anybody have any idea what it may be? I know its 37 gr of a dark-grey slim stick-like texture. Would appreciate any leads
Wait, do you have the electric Remington ?
 

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yes I do. but last night while browsing web, I was able to eye-ball pic of "old" IMR 4064 and it looked just like the powder on factory loads. charged me 3 loads, 37 gr, 37.5 and 38 gr. all 50gr VMAX at 2.67" and 3 rounds of 37.5 hit just like best factory loads, at about 3850 fps.
thanks for your comments and will come back soon.
 

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sorry I forgot to mention at beginning of thread, rifle is a rem 700 220 swift etronx with a 26" semi bull shilen barrel.
 

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When I had a Ruger 77 varmint 220 Swift I used IMR 4064 with Speer 52 gr match HP. It was VERY accurate but do not know how fast it actually was because 38 years ago I did not own a chrno. I could kill a crow waaaaay out in a peanut field in east NC with no problem if the wind was not howling. When they were hit it was just a poof of feathers.
 

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30 years ago IMR 4064 was the go to powder in a 220 Swift. The load of choice back then was you guessed it 37-38 grs of 4064. It is not very temp stable. I have used W760 with good luck. Currently I am using RL-16 with good results and it is temp stable.
 

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I hear a lot about it being a barrel burner so when I shoot it I pause about a minute between shots to let it cool down some. I plan on doing some cayote and hog hunting in the Texas hill country with it.
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