I got my first Swift 42 years ago, Ruger M77V, used, from a gunshop owners son. Ken Waters in his ‘Pet Loads’ series reckoned one cause of the bad reputation for sudden appearance of over-high pressures allied to loss of accuracy was shooters’ failure to measure case length and trim them back in the 30s-50s. _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', '.accurateshooter.com']); At one time I had 3-22250's and the Swift, now I have 1-250 and the Swift is my go to gun. The 220 Swift did get a bad reputation for being tough on barrels, but in reality, it was no worse than a 22 Gebby Varminter (22-250) or any number of high capacity 22 CF varmint rounds. It was not long the .220 Swift was labeled a barrel burner with some saying it had to be re-barreled in less than a thousand rounds and some even claimed in half that. This stemmed from the fact that the .22 Hornets prior to the end of World War II were .223 in bore size and some of these barrels were chambered in the Swift. If you own a .22-250 Rem, I wouldn’t be quick to replace it with the .220 Swift, as the price you pay for the extra performance can be very short barrel life. Im starting to get into the smaller calibers for paper shooting and yotes hunting. .220 Swift Barrel Life; If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. If you own a .22-250 Rem, I wouldn’t be quick to replace it with the .220 Swift, as the price you pay for the extra performance can be very short barrel life. Beyond this range, the Swift is identical in performance to the .222 and .223. ruger made their m77's in it & win 70's were also availible, lot of benchrest mausers were built in it too. ALL Bulletin content is copyrighted, © 2020 AccurateShooter.com. But shooting a distant or even more so not so distant prairie dog with my muzzle braked .220 Swift is something to behold. So don’t hesitate to slightly turn your necks every other reloading session if you load full throttle. Until the introduction of the .223 WSSM the 220 Swift was the fastest commercial cartridge in the world.. Anyway, the .220 swift will definately give you the least bullet drop because of the extreme velocities. The number in the box corresponds to the number of inches per complete right-hand twist. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? The .220 Swift is a round that puts much more pressure on a barrel then the humble old .308 (one of the reasons why .308 is so great). if your not into the remingtons you can still find alot used rifles in 220 swift for a decent price or you can build your own. The .220 Swift also initially gained a reputation as a barrel-burner, which further limited the appeal of the cartridge. to me the swift shines with the heavies in a 1-8" or 1-9" twist because you have several hundred yards added range, the downside is that the faster twist gets pickier with seating depth much sooner. The time from ignition to muzzle exit for a 50 gn 4000 fps bullet in a 26" 220 Swift is right at one millisecond, so 1 second of actively using the barrel would take 1000 shots. 223 WSSM. that was the selling point/holy grail at the time. 5.56x45 NATO. However the final commercial version developed by Winchester is based on the 6mm Lee Navy cartridge necked down. Senar is the Swifto guru, he can tell you what the scoop is. If you do still get a 220 get it in stainless. Misunderstood, misreported and definitely mishandled by most owners. So, I now I have the age old question: Do I re-barrel it to the 220 Swift or something else? A year later, it was added as a standard cartridge in the model 70. With modern bullets and powders, its accuracy and effective range have been increased to new levels. Going to the Sierra Semi points as the throat got shot out put me in the 3500 range before the barrel was toast. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; If you do still get a 220 get it in stainless. Probably 25 years old, but never been fired and is still in the box.----- The 22-250 Ackley Improved, will equal the 220 Swift's ballistics, with less barrel wear and longer case life. I dont reccomend the 220. Barrels are threaded on the end for a reason. The .220 Swift has a smaller but fervent following, yet the .22-250 Remington is undoubtedly the more popular, and maybe for reasons that include more than marketing. Member : Join Date: Feb 2011. Let’s take a deeper look. I love my 220 Swift. })(); To comment on a post, click Post Title or "Comment" Link. Thanks for the info guys. After about 30 years I am revisiting the .220 Swift. With the improved swift I now can get 4 reloads when pushing the 55gr bullets at 4230fps. But modern metallurgy and cryogenics have vastly improved barrel life with the .220 Swift and … A cautionary tale: a friend went east to rural Ohio to hunt groundhogs. Love the Swift! I enjoy watching the hits with my Swift more than any other gun. Thanks. Using 50 to 52 grain bullets that can handle the velocities and revolutions is key in the hunting space. Burn rates of powders were limited at that time as well, so the Swift was limited in its true ability due to that. Left to Right: 220 Swift, 22LRV 90gr Berger, 22LRV 77gr Sierra TMK, 22 Nosler The 22 LRV is the brainchild of WTO gunsmith Jonathan Rubio. Sure glad I … The Swift can be a spectacular killer but it does have serious limitations. 221 Rem Fireball. I forgot to comment on the barrel life of the Swift. I've read plenty on the supposed barrel life issues. On Texas whitetail the .220 Swift is like the hammer of Thor on broadside shots out to 200 yards or so. Splittine: Just 9 days ago I was out on the west coast and attended the huge Gunshow (1,000 tables) in the Seattle "suburb" of Puyallup, Washington. Password: Register: FAQ: Members List: Social Groups: Calendar: Search: Today's Posts: Mark Forums Read Thread Tools: Display Modes #1 08-10-2013, 04:18 PM Bulseyetom. In fact I'm building a .270 Ackley Improved on a Springfield my dad built in the 50's. Regardless of bullet style, when used on medium game, the .220 Swift is deadliest when used as a 125 yard cartridge. If it makes any difference, the rifle is a Ruger 77V. 22 Hornet. If you have enough fun to shoot out a Swift barrel, just rebarrel it. A Short History of the .220 Swift Cartridge, What is an “Overbore” Cartridge? You will get a little longer barrel lifein a … I’ve also read that down loading it slightly will help in barrel life. var _gaq = _gaq || []; 17 Rem Fireball. Thor’s hammer up to 1,200 yds with no recoil. Twist rates must correspond to the calibers listed. 8 years ago. Thanks. Rifle Cartridges. Keep the barrel as cool as you can and properly clean it every fifteen rounds or less will go a long way to improving accuracy life of a Swift. He only had 128 rounds through it as he never shot it. After about 30 years I am revisiting the .220 Swift. Running a fast twist barrel, the 22 Creed will stabilize heavier bullets at very fast speeds. Like the .17 Remington, allowing the .220 Swift to cool between shot strings — and backing away from maximum loads — improves barrel life considerably. It isn’t as hard on barrels as it has been made out to be. Moreover, I am becoming increasingly aware that the .243 Win shooting a 55-grain bullet is an amazing little combination, albeit with a fair amount of recoil. The scope is a Leupold VX-L 3.5-10x 50mm. This stretching can result in neck thickening and premature case-head separation. The Swift can be a spectacular killer but it does have serious limitations. Sierra Blitzkings right at 4000fps. I’ll bet they did with a turkey extra full choke barrel. With 52gr McCracken Match bullets(a name familiar to western Canadian BR shooters in the 70’s)and IMR 3031 it shot <.25" groups at 100 yrds. you will get longer barrel life with .223 and .243 options. I took my homeowners check and bought one and used it almost exclusively on coyotes for about fifteen years and then had it re-barreled and chambered in 22-250Ackley. But he emphasized keeping it clean and cool. The 220 Swift, like the .22-250, is prone to case stretching due to its shallow shoulder angle and long, tapering shape. My findings have been the same. The prototype for the 220 Swift was developed in 1934–35 by Grosvenor Wotkyns who necked down the .250-3000 Savage as a means of achieving very high velocities. 1/2" 5 shot groups at 100yds, 1.5" at 350 for three shots at 3740fps. Probably 25 years old, but never been fired and is still in the box.----- by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box There will be many who point out that the .220 Swift was the original king of small-bore magnums, but it really needed a fast twist barrel … Please refer to the icons in the caliber list to determine which twist rate can be used in your custom barrel. There was a barrel life thread not too long ago, but I didn't see anything on the 220 Swift. The Winchester above will do it with its barrel which is an inch longer than the Ruger's. In 1935, with the introduction of the .220 Swift and its muzzle velocity of 4,110 fps with a 48-grain bullet, we pretty much peaked. In spite of the larger case capacity of the .220 Swift, most modern ammunition is only 100 fps or so above that of the .22-250 Remington. 22 PPC-USA. Common sense will go a long ways here. bullets (or so) the .220 swift will also give the least wind drift (.243 might be fractions of an inch less, but much more bullet drop). Powder and bullet manufacturer’s reloading data hasn’t been really updated with all the new and even some of the older powders (H4350, N540, RL16, IMR4451, etc. I bought it from a very close friend. The 220 swift I played with was an old savage model 12 I believe. I dont reccomend the 220. I shot the barrels out of 4 Swifts on yotes, p. dogs, chucks, crows, what ever. The Swift's high-velocity performance undoubtedly comes at a price, because the high velocities and high internal firing temperatures do accelerate chamber and bore wear. A Swift built on a bench rest action with a top barrel may well prove capable of 0.15 -0.2 MOA; at this level of accuracy barrel life will be unfortunately short say 400 rounds. Best of luck to you with the new and versatile 220 Swift. VSSF in 220AI. Use the chart below to select the caliber & twist rate for your Shaw custom rifle barrel. You may not reproduce original text or photos without advanced permission in writing. I have owned two swift’s and I loved them both very very accurate, easy to reload for and extremely flat shooting with any bullets you want to use. As to someone keeping the 220 Swift in stock, think that would be great. The Swift's high-velocity performance undoubtedly comes at a price, because the high velocities and high internal firing temperatures do accelerate chamber and bore wear. It makes the overrated Valkyrie gasp for air when you chamber it in a 7.5″ twist barrel of no less than 28″ with 80 grainers. This gun is a Remington with a factory barrel and is not used for prairie dogs and is never shot more than once or twice at a time; no rapid fire. Just picked up a new Ruger No 1 Varminter. 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