Most of my shooting is either target or prairie dogs. 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. I forgot to comment on the barrel life of the Swift. It was accurate and fun to shoot, with great terminal ballistics on California ground squirrels. And if you can not hit that easily or with decent accuracy, why not just use a 250? Regardless of bullet style, when used on medium game, the .220 Swift is deadliest when used as a 125 yard cartridge. 223 WSSM. When the Winchester Model 70bolt action was first issued in 1936, the 220 Swift was one of the standa… Barrel life 220 Swift vs 204 Ruger User Name: Remember Me? Misunderstood, misreported and definitely mishandled by most owners. At one time I had 3-22250's and the Swift, now I have 1-250 and the Swift is my go to gun. I have been using a 220 Swift, Savage, for over 20 yrs., just replaced the barrel over the Winter 2003-2004. accuracy and terminal results. I have been using a 220 Swift, Savage, for over 20 yrs., just replaced the barrel over the Winter 2003-2004. It is one of the best varmint cartridges I’ve ever owned. I used to max out right at 3950fps with 55gr bullets from the stock version of the swift, based on a case life of 4 reloads. 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. Stainless holds a little longer barrel life than blued. With the improved swift I now can get 4 reloads when pushing the 55gr bullets at 4230fps. 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. Question. I have a Remington VSSF chambered in 220 Swift that I am not impressed with the accuracy with (it's about 3/4) MOA, so not terrible but not real impressive either. There is no practical difference in barrel life between a 22-250 and a 220 swift Interesting thing is- if you do a search of barrel life topics you will find studies done by the military of rifles with all the way up to 60,000 and 200,000 5.56 rounds---- even though there is tremendous throat erosion- the accuracy degrades but not by much Like the .17 Remington, allowing the .220 Swift to cool between shot strings — and backing away from maximum loads — improves barrel life considerably. The Swift case grows pretty fast and so will see the case-mouth jammed into the throat in not too many loadings and firings. 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. Thor’s hammer up to 1,200 yds with no recoil. Great article, and true to the word! Fact is, I don't anticipate shooting nearly enough through it … I've long been a fan of Ackley's wildcats. .220 Swift Barrel Life I am shooting 50 gr. The popularity of the Swift has slipped in the last twenty years and few factory rifles are now available in this caliber. Most of my shooting is either target or prairie dogs. Any new powders out there that bring a Swift to life. For one thing, advances in barrel metallurgy since the 1930s have resulted in more durable rifle barrels. So, I now I have the age old question: Do I re-barrel it to the 220 Swift or something else? 223 Rem. But shooting a distant or even more so not so distant prairie dog with my muzzle braked .220 Swift is something to behold. The 220 Swift, like the .22-250, is prone to case stretching due to its shallow shoulder angle and long, tapering shape. Please refer to the icons in the caliber list to determine which twist rate can be used in your custom barrel. Erosion from bullet friction alone is minimal as suggested by the longer barrel life of “mild” cartridges like 30-30 Winchester, 22 Hornet, and especially 22 rimfire. I've long been a fan of Ackley's wildcats. 5.56x45 NATO. 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. About to order a 220 Swift Barrel for Prairie Dogs. 220 Swift. Sure glad I … and is starting to get fussy about what it likes. _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', '.accurateshooter.com']); The 22-250 Ackley Improved, will equal the 220 Swift's ballistics, with less barrel wear and longer case life. Let’s take a deeper look. 204 Ruger. you will get longer barrel life with .223 and .243 options. A Short History of the .220 Swift Cartridge, What is an “Overbore” Cartridge? Personally I'd AI the bugger. However, a couple of factors have substantially increased barrel life in .220 Swift rifles in recent years though. Hodgdon powders once reported a Remington 40-X with over 3,000 rounds of full power loads averaged .344” for five, 5-shot groups. The number in the box corresponds to the number of inches per complete right-hand twist. The second rifle in .220 Swift I bought actually started out in life chambered for another cartridge. If it makes any difference, the rifle is a Ruger 77V. After about 30 years I am revisiting the .220 Swift. Love the Swift! … The popularity of the Swift has slipped in the last twenty years and few factory rifles are now available in this caliber. Since 243 is a heavier bullet its will shoot better on windy days. Even “shot-out” barrels in an infamous barrel burner like the 220 Swift are usually in excellent condition at the … The (center) .22-250 Remington offers a significant ballistic advantage over the (left) .223 Remington and approaches the ballistics of the (right) .220 Swift. Stainless holds a little longer barrel life than blued. The Swift can be a spectacular killer but it does have serious limitations. The same load in the Ruger clocked 3980-something fps and that is the weight bullet I've used for deer hunting with the Swift. I have had swift's for many years and the ones with factory 1-14" tubes shooting 55gr bullet's seem to be close to the end at around 2500rds with reasonable care. ), especially with all the new wonder 6.5’s being introduced. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Then you can specify the 220 Swift and have short queue times. I am building a PD gun with a 400yd max. Didn’t know how many rounds shot through it but estimated 500-700. I’m glad you ask. The bottom line is enjoy the .220 Swift for what it was meant to be. I found out today the my 220 Swift Remington is shot out. I've read plenty on the supposed barrel life issues. If I'm not pushing the envelope with hot loads how long of life can I expect. Re: .220 Swift Barrel Life - 04/05/10 I have had swift's for many years and the ones with factory 1-14" tubes shooting 55gr bullet's seem to be close to the end at around 2500rds with reasonable care. 8 years ago. This stretching can result in neck thickening and premature case-head separation. Probably 25 years old, but never been fired and is still in the box.----- Copyright © 2000-2020 24hourcampfire.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Rifle Cartridges. The scope is a Leupold VX-L 3.5-10x 50mm. Thanks for the info guys. Now to barrel life - my good friend Irv was so impressed with my Remington 40XB-KS single shot in 220 Swift that he bought one exactly like it! .220 Swift Barrel Life; If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. 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). Folks, I'm having a 220 Swift built. A year later, it was added as a standard cartridge in the model 70. So now I'm asking. Going to the Sierra Semi points as the throat got shot out put me in the 3500 range before the barrel was toast. Years ago, Ruger factory technicians who tested rifles were required to keep accuracy records on all calibers; doing so revealed that rifles in .220 Swift had a slight accuracy edge over those in .22-250. Barrels are threaded on the end for a reason. But modern metallurgy and cryogenics have vastly improved barrel life with the .220 Swift and … Probably 25 years old, but never been fired and is still in the box.----- 22 Nosler. 22-250 Rem Ack Imp. So now I'm asking. In fact I'm building a .270 Ackley Improved on a Springfield my dad built in the 50's. If you do still get a 220 get it in stainless. Im starting to get into the smaller calibers for paper shooting and yotes hunting. The Swift can be a spectacular killer but it does have serious limitations. If I'm not pushing the envelope with hot loads how long of life can I expect. 22 PPC-USA. My idea is to have a 1-12 twist in a 24 inch barrel, shooting 50 to 60gr bullets. Jim Carmichel said Harvey Donaldson had 10,000 rounds through a Model 70, and "it was still nicely accurate". These velocities are respectable, especially considering that neither has an overall length of more than the standard .223 Remington. 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. Groups .35" to .45" now. I don’t know more about it except that it was a picky eater but when … Very much cartridge before its time. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); With modern bullets and powders, its accuracy and effective range have been increased to new levels. I bought it from a very close friend. 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. A cautionary tale: a friend went east to rural Ohio to hunt groundhogs. 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. Common sense will go a long ways here. The Winchester above will do it with its barrel which is an inch longer than the Ruger's. 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. The 220 Swift was developed by Winchester and introduced in 1935 as a new caliber for their Model 54 bolt action rifle. Re: Reloading old Ruger M77 220 Swift I had had a burglary about the time Ruger announced the new Model 77V chambered in 220Swift. The powders I used years ago were IMR-4895, 4064, 4320 and H-380. Only been p-d hunting once, but could always reach out and grab the barrel without getting burned. It was almost like building a funny car for drag racing when only kerosene was available. ... Life Member NRA. Share the post "The .220 Swift — History of a Great Varmint Cartridge", Tags: .220 Swift, Cartridge Guide, Paul Box, Sierra Bullets, Varmint, Varmint Cartridge. I dont reccomend the 220. It is a great cartridge. My findings have been the same. ALL Bulletin content is copyrighted, © 2020 AccurateShooter.com. I enjoy watching the hits with my Swift more than any other gun. 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). 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. Imagine you were shooting a 220 Swift with a 50 grain bullet at 3,900 fps and a 22 Creedmoor with a 75 grain bullet at 3,500 fps. Figuring on the cost of a custom, a factory bbl in a swift can give you a good life for hunting, if you let it cool and not overheat it. Said it was well taken care of. The bottom line is enjoy the .220 Swift for what it was meant to be. I will be shooting the 53gr hornady v-maxes. My question is that twist OK for the grain weight, and is the barrel length OK or would a 26 inch barrel be more accurate. 8 years ago. A fantastic round. The 220 Swift, like the .22-250, is prone to case stretching due to its shallow shoulder angle and long, tapering shape. It was the first factory loaded rifle cartridge with a muzzle velocity of over 4,000 ft/s (1,200 m/s). Since 243 is a heavier bullet its will shoot better on windy days. 222 Rem. Kimber's new Model 84 Varmint and Weatherby's new Super VarmintMaster are fitting vehicles for taking a close look at these classic varmint cartridges.. 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. Re: .220 Swift Barrel Life - 04/05/10 I have had swift's for many years and the ones with factory 1-14" tubes shooting 55gr bullet's seem to be close to the end at around 2500rds with reasonable care. In fact I'm building a .270 Ackley Improved on a Springfield my dad built in the 50's. Sold it to my brother in law for an engine job, just got it back after 30 yrs and gave it to my oldest son. Twist rates must correspond to the calibers listed. Im pretty pleased with the gun as far as the way it looks and feels. I've read plenty on the supposed barrel life issues. 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. VSSF in 220AI. 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. 222 Rem Mag. There is no reason for this and I know the Swift will always have a strong and loyal following. Senar is the Swifto guru, he can tell you what the scoop is. If it makes any difference, the rifle is a Ruger 77V. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Please refer to the icons in the caliber list to determine which twist rate can be used in your custom barrel. Less than 2 full years later he was replacing his barrel! As to someone keeping the 220 Swift in stock, think that would be great. 22 Caliber.224” Diameter. (function() { 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. So, I now I have the age old question: Do I re-barrel it to the 220 Swift or something else? The Swift's ability to shoot bullets into small groups has not gone unnoticed by others, either. Something like a 22lr will last forever (well almost). 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). Just picked up a new Ruger No 1 Varminter. I have a Remington VSSF chambered in 220 Swift that I am not impressed with the accuracy with (it's about 3/4) MOA, so not terrible but not real impressive either. I found out today the my 220 Swift Remington is shot out. You will get a little longer barrel lifein a … Beyond this range, the Swift is identical in performance to the .222 and .223. 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. I have been thinking about rebarraling it to a 6 or 6.5 creedmoor to make a long range varmenter. Also, with 60gr. Mine has 2,300 rds. Just picked up a new Ruger No 1 Varminter. Beyond this range, the Swift is identical in performance to the .222 and .223. 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. I have been thinking about rebarraling it to a 6 or 6.5 creedmoor to make a long range varmenter. 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. The barrel will be full profile on a savage action. Fact is, I don't anticipate shooting nearly enough through it … .22-250 and the .220 Swift In 1963 the .22-250 made the transition from the 1937 wildcat to the commercial .22-250 Remington load due to the fact it was a bit easier on the barrel. Modern metallurgy and cryogenic treatment have vastly improved barrel life with the .220 Swift and other 4,000 ft/s (1,200 m/s) cartridges, although weapons firing these cartridges still usually require rechambering or rebarreling much sooner than those firing lower-velocity cartridges such as the .222 Remington and the .223 Remington. BAck in the day, for most serious varmint shooters around here, the point of the swift was the 4000 FPS. 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 (center) .22-250 Remington offers a significant ballistic advantage over the (left) .223 Remington and approaches the ballistics of the (right) .220 Swift. I love my 220 Swift. You will get a little longer barrel lifein a … I dont reccomend the 220. I just picked up a Ruger Varmit .220swift with a target grey bull barrel, what kinda round count can I expect out of it shooting factory ammo. This cartridge was introduced by Winchester in 1935 in their model 54 rifle. 17 Rem Fireball. 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. Also, with 60gr. 243's were pretty tough also, when used as a varmint round. Regardless of bullet style, when used on medium game, the .220 Swift is deadliest when used as a 125 yard cartridge. I shot the barrels out of 4 Swifts on yotes, p. dogs, chucks, crows, what ever. Running a fast twist barrel, the 22 Creed will stabilize heavier bullets at very fast speeds. Years ago, Ruger factory technicians who tested rifles were required to keep accuracy records on all calibers; doing so revealed that rifles in .220 Swift had a slight accuracy edge over those in .22-250. by Sierra Bullets Ballistic Technician Paul Box Varmintguy, yes I purchased the rifle used. Unfortunately, factory .220 swift ammo is … Sierra Blitzkings right at 4000fps. 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. 220 Swift Load Data. Unfortunately, factory .220 swift ammo is … Twist rates must correspond to the calibers listed. 22 BR Rem. Anyway, the .220 swift will definately give you the least bullet drop because of the extreme velocities. One of the longest lasting black eyes was that it shot barrels out so fast. 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