The Magnificent 220 Swift

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  1. Snuggie

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    I had one about 40 yrs ago in a Ruger #1 with a Leo 6.5-20 on it. We would shoot crows at rediculous distances. As soon as I would pull the trigger all I saw was feathers and a red mist! Used 55gr SX pills. Wish I still had it......they are fun!
     
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  2. Gary in MD

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    I can’t get enough of hearing about the Swift’s that you guys own. Let’s hear some loads, powders and bullets.
    Here’s a picture of my second Swift doing what it does best. It’s a Cooper Jackson Game, it’s a relatively light weight.
    Gary

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  3. Hotshot

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    This thread made me lonesome for mine, I haven't shot it much lately. My Dad's old model 70 from the early 50's with a Lilja barrel. When he gave me that rifle we tried to count all the barrels it had. This is number 9 for sure maybe 10 or 11. Took it to the range last Tuesday. 5 shots all in one ragged hole. Hammered the 500 yard gong easily over and over again. 42 grains of H414 pushing a 55 grain Vmax. Before the 204R, I used to bring 3 swifts to a prairie dog town. Had one in the shade cooling, one soaking in solvent to clean the barrel and one on the bench to shoot. Many times all three were too hot to touch.
     
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  4. Barlow

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    Great stories! Any one using RL17 in their Swift, and would you share some data? Barlow
     
  5. Tom Baker

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    One of my old M70s is on its 5th Swift barrel. It wasn't unusual when we hunted prairie dogs to have 6 or 8 Swifts in the pickup.

    I wish I had a dime for every round I've shot with 760 and the 52 SMK.
     
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  6. WyleWD

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    I'll be interested to see what info (if any) you get with this post. I've been curious about both R-17 & R16, but never taken the time to trying as I'm very happy with either WW760 & H414. WD
     
  7. 6MMsteve

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    39 to 40 grs re17 with ccibr primers 55 and 60 vmax 12 tw..I may have shot more grs not sure it shot good so that's what I shoot....
     
  8. 6MMsteve

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    re16 40grs with 55 vmax & 60vmax
     
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  9. 6MMsteve

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    only issues I have with swift brass is loosing primer pockets...since I started shoulder bumps and measuring the shoulder not much brass stretchin just a little trim.. but no case seperation...back before I started shoulder chks had case seperation all the time...till I learned from this site the birds and bees of shooting lol
     
  10. AckleymanII

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    Standard Forster Neck sizing die will bump shoulders with perfection!

    Steve, what kind of speed are you getting with your R#16?

    Speer is making the Gold Dot bonded bullets now in 55,62, and 75g, would make for some great deer and hog loads!

    What kind of speed do you guys get with the 60g V max?

    I went to design a reamer, there is a world of difference between Winchester and Norma brass, I blew a gasket on trying to know which way to go.
     
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  11. CT10ring

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    I have the identical set up in 220 Swift. nice pix. a pleasant day with a flat shootin rifle, looks like!
     
  12. Tim s

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    +1
     
  13. LarryDScott

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    I owned a custom HV swift that came w/ammo loaded w/R15
    About 6 shots and the barrel was very hot. I could shoot
    10 to 12 RDS loaded w/H380, before the barrel on my factory Remingtons got to hot. LDS
     
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  14. 68cuda340

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    My father taught me to shoot and always tell the truth and that a hand shake was your word...
    In his way you needed a shotgun, a .22 and a deer rifle He bought me an 870 Remington, a Remington 572 .22 and a .270 Rem 700 as he was a huge Jack O'Conner fan. But he always talked about "the Swift" when we would talk guns When I ran across an ad in Gun Trader magazine for a Remington VS in .220 Swift in the 80's (way before the internet kids!) I knew I had to have it I got it right before my dads B-day and that day we were on the back porch having a beer before dinner and I brought it out for him Never seen the old man speechless before We set some beer cans filled with water on the wooden fence posts at about 100 yrds and he did'nt miss one His dad would give him 5 .22 shells or 5 shotgun shells and he was expected to bring back 5 squirrels rabbits or grouse home! He is gone 15 yrs now but that Swift will go to my sons someday Miss my dad but not the memories......
     
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  15. LarryDScott

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    My daddy told me that if a mans word wasn't good, his signature is worth even less.
    Toys may come and go, but memories last forever. LDS
     
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  16. CT10ring

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    Varget 39.0g 55g Berger Varm HP. Ruger M77 Tang Safety HB 26"
     
  17. IdahoSharpshooter

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    there still is NOT a better factory rifle chambering...
    When the dust settles on a couple projects in hand, I am going to build a classic Swift. Either a 98 with DST's or this OM 70 sitting it the back of my gun safe.
     
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  18. Tom Baker

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    A worthwhile project. I'm rust bluing a M70 action made in '51, the Marksman stock is done, I'm undecided about a 14" twist or go a little faster. I love the old Swift and I bleed Winchester red.
     
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  19. Barlow

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    I stumbled onto the Speer website and found data for the Swift with RL17 and many other cartridges. Barlow
     
  20. 6MMsteve

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    I never chrono the swift just find something that shoots good and have at it...
     
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