Funny the timing of this
My buddies that I shoot prairie dogs with both shoot custom .22-250s and .223s, and the first year I went with them I confessed over the nightly drinks that I always wanted a .220 Swift, and one of them said "now you have a reason to buy one,"
I always like to be different, so the second year I show up with my Ruger M77VT in .220 Swift, and popped quite a few dogs but it wasn't impressive enough with the Tasco "World Class" on it.
This year I showed up with a Leupold M8 12x on it and it stole the show....as some sage on here so aptly put it when I was contemplating buying the Swift...."The .220 Swift does BAD things to Prairie Dogs..." (ESPECIALLY 50 gr Vmax's at somewhere between 4000-4100...)
Both of them this year shot it enough and blew up enough dogs that when they got up from the bench I heard from both of them the mumbled...."Nice Rifle...."
Well, this year after a day of shooting, after the rifles were cleaned, and we were sitting around outside the motel smoking good cigars and drinking good scotch and bourbon, the same buddy who talked me into buying a Swift 3 years ago, after a contemplative moment (and his third or fourth single malt
) suddenly says to us....
"...I think I am going to have the M700 (.22-250) bored out to Ackley Improved
My other buddy asks him "Why?"
Jim said..." I'm getting sick of hearing Mike brag about that #@$Q%%@! '4000fps' so much...."
Considering he had his Hornet bored out to K- and he had ammo and loads he worked up for it this year and it did really well out to almost 200 offhand and from a walking stick bipod this year, I would not put it past him to have it done for next year, AND bring his chronograph with him to the Prairie...
(Of course, I also got in my fair share of ".22-250s are for wimps that can't handle the REAL man's varmint gun, the SWIFT" which probably got his goat TOO
Next year I plan to have a decent .222 with good loads with me so I can diss their .223s
But don't worry, we all are "Equal Opportunity Abusers...." They get their shots in as well...