Guns Like firearms themselves, there's a wide variety of opinions on what's the best gun.

220 swift

Old 03-06-2011, 07:20 AM
  #1  
Typical Buck
Thread Starter
 
PREDATE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Downwind, New York
Posts: 578
Default 220 swift

Hey folks, I've been looking into buying a rifle for deer,coyotes,fox, and maybe hogs. My grandfather has a Savage 220 swift that was mostly used for woodchucks and man did that thing shoot! That thing is heavy too! I'm pretty certain that it'll be good for coyotes and fox but, since it's only a .22 cal bullet(but there's a massive charge behind it) would it be suited for deer? I could use my grandpa's reloader that's already set for 220 swift to adjust bullet/charge weight. Thanks for any help!
PREDATE is offline  
Old 03-06-2011, 07:37 AM
  #2  
Fork Horn
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: dougherty.okla
Posts: 127
Default

the swift is an awesome deer, varmit , and pig round. it is a very accurate round, i have one in a ruger m77 mark II VT, shot placement is crucial with the swift as you said it is only a 22 cal.,i have killed hogs out over 200 yds with it, my swift loves the hornady v-max 55 gr. with IMR 4064. it will jellly the inside of a hog or deer. the swift is a shooter, i think it would make you a great deer rifle
hoghunter59 is offline  
Old 03-06-2011, 07:38 AM
  #3  
Nontypical Buck
 
fritz1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Idaho
Posts: 1,081
Default

With premium bullets such as, a 55gr. Speer Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, or a 60gr. Nosler Partition, or if your gun will shoot them a 75gr. Swift Scirocco, or a 55gr. Barnes TSX., and good bullet placement a 220 Swift will put a deer down with authority. I have shot several deer with a 223 using Speer Trophy Bonded Bear Claw bullets, most dropped right in there tracks, the ones that didnt, didnt go more than 40 yards before dropping. Good bullets and shot placement are the key!
fritz1 is offline  
Old 03-06-2011, 11:16 AM
  #4  
Typical Buck
Thread Starter
 
PREDATE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Downwind, New York
Posts: 578
Default

Does anyone know when the .220swift was first produced? The reason I ask is that unfortunately money is tight and I wondered if there were any older/cheaper models. I am sold on the gun but price is my biggest problem as of now.
PREDATE is offline  
Old 03-06-2011, 06:22 PM
  #5  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1,834
Default

The 220 Swift was developed back in the mid-late 30's for varmint shooting. I have and have had several from Ruger No.1, M77, M77 MKll Target, and the Savage 112 BVSS-S. They all are shooters if you spend the time to find what it likes. Most of mine seem to stay in the 50,52 and 55grn projectile area. I had one that kinda shined on the 63's but not as well as the 55's. Most powders were 4064, W760 and H380. Keep REAL CLOSE eye on case lengths. They stretch real fast!!!!!! Most of the time they like 3/4 throttle to almost full throttle.

Last edited by SecondChance; 03-10-2011 at 07:45 AM.
SecondChance is offline  
Old 03-06-2011, 06:27 PM
  #6  
Giant Nontypical
 
Sheridan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location:
Posts: 5,130
Default

Here's some good info for you;

http://www.reloadbench.com/cartridges/220.html
Sheridan is offline  
Old 03-07-2011, 05:12 PM
  #7  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southeast Missouri
Posts: 2,178
Default

Here's some info on a Rifle Recoil Table

Cartridge (Wb@MV)
.220 Swift (50 at 3,900) 10.5 lb Rifle weight...Recoil Energy 3.7....Recoil Velocity 4.8

Cartridge (Wb@MV)
.220 Swift (55 at 3,800) 8.5 lb Rifle weight...Recoil Energy 5.3...recoil Velocity 6.4


For more info... http://www.chuckhawks.com/recoil_table.htm



I've seen a few misc Varmint/Predator guns in .204 .220 . 222 Rifles and Your looking at around $600.00 and higher for a nice decent new one!
GTOHunter is offline  
Old 03-07-2011, 09:18 PM
  #8  
Giant Nontypical
 
salukipv1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: IL
Posts: 6,575
Default

The poor man's alternative would be the .22-250 or .243 Win.

I believe the 22-250 has proven less finicky than the .220 Swift, and much more popular these days, something to consider, probably cheaper factory ammo.
salukipv1 is offline  
Old 03-08-2011, 10:16 AM
  #9  
Giant Nontypical
 
Sheridan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location:
Posts: 5,130
Default

Or a .204 with 40gr bullet using a third less powder (longer barrel life) 3,900 FPS.

.32gr bullet @ 4,225 FPS

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.204_Ruger
Sheridan is offline  
Old 03-08-2011, 03:35 PM
  #10  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Southeast Missouri
Posts: 2,178
Default

Great Info Sheridan....I'm thinking about getting a Rifle from CZ-USA in a .204,they have the 527 American lighter Rifle with the regular barrel and the 527 Varmint with the heavy barrel.I've heard some great things about the Ruger .204 Rifles!
GTOHunter is offline  

Contact Us - Manage Preferences - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.