View Full Version : Anyone here have a .220 Swift?

03-06-2002, 07:29 AM
Hey i got an offer to trade some stuff for a .220 Swift. Anyone here have one? What are your thought, and do you download for it. Thanks, John

03-06-2002, 10:14 AM
Hey Bou - I built this Swift two years ago. I grew up around folks who shot them on ranches in Montana. Flat shooter, hard hitting for its size, etc... Ammo is a bit pricy.

Not sure of your question about downloading. Was it a recommendation to you?

I used to hand load but now only shoot premium factory ammo. I really like the 50 grain Hornady Moly-coated V-max rounds. Cabela's carries a few options if it's hard to find where you are.

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Good luck

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03-06-2002, 11:14 AM
Hey Shane,
I was looking for a cheap rifle to shoot, so i wanted to cut down on powder use. I know the .220 Swift can't get to .223 levels of powder charges but I was wondering if anyone experimented with that idea. Another question, how many rounds would you shoot before changing barrels? thanks, John

03-06-2002, 08:54 PM

These were my findings:

Cheapest to most expensive to shoot (store bought cartridges):

.22 rimfire (duh!)

.223 Remington

.243 Winchester



.220 Swift

Of course, anything is cheap to shoot if you load your own, so thats what Im learing to do right now.


03-06-2002, 10:03 PM
Be real careful about reducing powder loads in a large case. Pressures could be excessive and dangerous.

Play fair.

03-07-2002, 10:35 AM
I guess back to your original post - it sounds like you may want to hold out for a .223. The Swift is a great round. And, in their own rights, so is any other varmint round. But, based on your desire for .223 powder charge and price of ammo, there is none better than the .223. Besides, they come in a lot of different flavors - the .22-250 is also a good one.

You'll see folks talk about the New England Firearms(NEF) Youth or Handi-rifles in various calibers. They are a really nice, low cost ($190+) option for any varminter. They are a compact and heavy-duty single-shot, and they come in a bunch of different calibers.