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#2049628 - 11/21/11 02:31 PM best 220 swift loads
BOBTAILS Offline
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I just got me a 220 swift I brand new remington 700 VSF 26" barrel 1:14 twist. What are your guys favorite loads?
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#2049738 - 11/21/11 04:43 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: BOBTAILS]
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Registered: 03/29/04
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Loc: Pawnee Grasslands, CO
42 grains of RE-17 and a 50 Vmax (or 52 Amax) for right around 4k... RE-17 has turned out to be a great powder for me in the Swift... and .25-06... and .243... etc.
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#2049758 - 11/21/11 05:09 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: 6mm]
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Registered: 01/02/11
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Loc: OH
I have a friend that swears by RE-17 in his .220 Swift and .25-06. I've been looking for it to use in the 06 but I can't find it around here, I'm stuck with RE-19.

I've seen speeds of over 3600 fps in the 06 with it and that is some serious speed.


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#2049799 - 11/21/11 05:47 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: BOBTAILS]
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Registered: 10/21/07
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Loc: Southwest Idaho
Here's a couple that I have grown fond of over the last 35+ years of shooting Swifts:

38 grains of R-15 with a 50 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip

Same powder charge with a 52 grain Sierra HPBT

43 grains of H414 with a 40 grain Vmax or Nosler BT will turn a ground squirrel into atomized worm food

38 or 39 grains of IMR 4064 with 50 to 52 grain bullets is a long favorite and one of the best loads for any Swift.

Use a standard LR primer with these. None are high pressure loads and all have shot very small groups in my guns.
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#2049821 - 11/21/11 06:12 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: Rustydust]
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Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 178
Loc: New Brunswick, Canada
both my VSF and VSSF love 36.6gr R-15, win primer and 55gr game king, i also shoot a 60 nosler in one of them also
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#2049880 - 11/21/11 07:02 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: Atom]
brock2013 Offline
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Registered: 04/13/08
Posts: 332
Loc: Brock TX
I use 36 grains of varget behind a hornady 52 bthp

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#2050576 - 11/22/11 10:28 AM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: brock2013]
tawnoper Offline
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Registered: 02/24/03
Posts: 420
Loc: socal
AA2700 is also a great choice in the Swift.

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#2050620 - 11/22/11 11:21 AM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: tawnoper]
esorensen Offline
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 42
Loc: Pueblo, CO
40 grains of Varget and a 40 grain bullet get me 4000 fps. Easy to remember that one... Might have to try that RL17 though.

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#2051053 - 11/22/11 07:50 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: esorensen]
WolferC Offline
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Registered: 12/28/07
Posts: 146
Loc: Wyoming
Usually use 43.5 H414 behind a 52 A-max hot in my 0 freebore chamber. Sunday I shot 38grs of Varget behind a 50 V-max 10 shots in .751 not bad for a test load useing a Nikon coyote scope, good hunting scope but not the best for shooting groups. Now if they would have put a dot in the middle of the big circle it be a great scope. Varget looks like it has potential in the swift


Edited by WolferC (11/22/11 11:27 PM)
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#2051104 - 11/22/11 08:30 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: WolferC]
stormking Offline
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Registered: 12/04/06
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Loc: Amarillo, TX
IMR 4064 is a Swift's best friend.
40gr Vmax + 4064 = bugholes

I've had great results w/ Varget in my Swift, but if I could only load one powder for it, the choice would be easy and it wouldn't be Varget.
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#2051137 - 11/22/11 09:04 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: stormking]
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My only load for 30 yrs was 36g BLC2 behind a 50g bullet, very accurate and ran 3650fps.
A pal still uses 41.2g W760 at 3880 fps with a 55gr vmax in both of his Ruger swifts.
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#2051247 - 11/22/11 10:39 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: stormking]
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Originally Posted By: stormking
IMR 4064 is a Swift's best friend.
40gr Vmax + 4064 = bugholes

I've had great results w/ Varget in my Swift, but if I could only load one powder for it, the choice would be easy and it wouldn't be Varget.


What grains are you using.
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#2051271 - 11/22/11 10:55 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: BOBTAILS]
daisy2007 Offline
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Registered: 10/12/08
Posts: 540
Loc: Grandview, TX
Had great accuracy in two rifles now with
42.8gr IMR 4831
Nosler 50gr ballistic tip
Runs right around 3,700fps in both my rifles

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#2051272 - 11/22/11 10:55 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: BOBTAILS]
ninehorses Offline
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Registered: 11/18/01
Posts: 1731
Loc: Mason,Tx,U.S.A.
I get good results with IMR-4831 with 55 grain flat base soft points, better than the plastic tipped boat tails, but you can use them also with this load. 44 grains, which is a maximum charge, 3850 fps. Federal primer, W-W brass.

IMR-4064 is a good powder with Sierra 40 grain HP, if you want to vaporize a prarie dog. 3950 fps.
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#2052918 - 11/24/11 06:32 PM Re: best 220 swift loads [Re: ninehorses]
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Registered: 07/31/08
Posts: 330
Loc: Riverton, utah
im using hornady 52 grain BTHP with 42.5 grains of H380 and shooting good groups, federal match primers.
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