220 swift question

Shawn Carverelli

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hella accurate. My fav loads were the 40 gr ballistic tip on top of a case full (around 42 gr) of h414. it'd shoot 50 gr equally as well. Other powders work well to but the h414 metered so well on a dillon 650 progressive. I shot the barrel out of that rifle one year in a hot prairie dog town in a target rich environment. I was trying to keep up with my brother laying down a field of fire with target barreled AR with a 30 rd mag. My swift would print tighter groups until the barrel started glowing. 1/2 moa isnt necessary.....all thats required is minute of prairie dog.
When the wind picks up or shooting distance increases, i grab a bigger gun pushing heavier bullets.
With a 28" barrel expect 50 fps every inch over standard length
 

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My 1st swift liked RL-15 the best and my current swift likes IMR4064 the best. Both with 55gr ballistic tips. Try switching powders or primers to see what your rifle likes best. I have found mine really settle in and shoot their best after 200-300 rounds.
 

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OK I sent my ruger m77vt off to McGowan barrel and had a stainless steel barrel put on . I went with a 28 inch varmint barrel and changed the twist to 1 in 12. OK with that said I am having a bit of trouble finding the perfect load for coyotes nosler ballistic tips in 55 gr seem to work good and accurate but seems not to shoot as flat . I usually run it around the 3800 fps mark. I am just wondering if someone else has a 28 inch barrel and what they recommend. Thank you
I don't have a 220 Swift currently and have loaded for only two of them. Both of them shot the 55 Ballistic Tip well past 3800fps and under .5" at 100. One was a Ruger HB in a wood stock back in the 90's. The other was a Remington HB Varmint. Data is out in the work room. My Savage 110 Storm in 22-250 with a 22" standard barrel is just at 4K with a 50gr BT and 3800 with a 55BT and holding .25" at 100. I don't think velocity is your accuracy problem.
 

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OK I sent my ruger m77vt off to McGowan barrel and had a stainless steel barrel put on . I went with a 28 inch varmint barrel and changed the twist to 1 in 12. OK with that said I am having a bit of trouble finding the perfect load for coyotes nosler ballistic tips in 55 gr seem to work good and accurate but seems not to shoot as flat . I usually run it around the 3800 fps mark. I am just wondering if someone else has a 28 inch barrel and what they recommend. Thank you
I've posted this before so I'll just use the same post info for the load.
Well, I shot a .220 Swift for many, many years, here's the load I started with and never looked back, it was out of a 26" SS M700 very accurate, combo, I obtained the published velocity from the manual safely with no pressure in "my" rifle... Nosler Manual number three (3) page 131 ... 55gr Nosler BT... CCI-BR-2 ... RL-15 (39.0grs max) ... 4050 fps "as always start low and work up in your rifle" Good luck, Cheers.
 

Reelamin

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I use my 223 for calling due to weight carrying calls rifle ect . So my swift is primary my long reach out and touch em and long range rock chuck and squirrel gun . My main purpose of this thread is curious if anyone else has delt with a 28 in barrel . It is accurate but it can be more . My longest shot on a yote so far ( will admit had to be luck) ranged with 2 range finders at 677 yards hit him in the left ear was aiming at ribs lol
Thanks my buddy called it how it was and that right there gets my respect!!!
 

warboar21

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My 220 Swift is a 1-8" Twist so I usually load heavier bullets. I did try the 55gr Sierra Blitz Kings in it and it really liked them. I forget the exact load but they were moving. The 55gr Vmax didn't shoot as well as the Blitz kings.
 
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