220 swift for varmints-small game?

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by venustus, Oct 28, 2011.

  1. venustus

    venustus New Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Any pros/cons in selecting this calibre.Any better recommendations.
    What rifle should I go for.I was looking at savage/remington.
    I will be shooting foxes,rabbits and roos,and the odd wild pig.
    Medium to long range shooting.
    Scope manufacturer advice and magnification

    Thanx in advance,

  2. henry77

    henry77 New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Wiggins, MS
    Nothing like seeing a crow explode when hit with a 220 Swift.

  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Id go savage, 12 twist, 24 or 26" heavy barrel. 40-45 gr pills for the foxes and bunnies, 53 gr TSXs for the roos and pigs
  4. venustus

    venustus New Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Thanks so much for the advice.:)

    Is it true that you must go stainless because of the calibre's reputation of burning normal chrome moly barrels?

  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    its a barrel burner no matter what metal the barrel is made of. It eats the throat away.
  6. SWirsty

    SWirsty New Member

    Apr 17, 2009
    Southern WI
    Great on the yotes too!!!
  7. tim peterson

    tim peterson Member

    Oct 2, 2008
    The 220 is a great round. But if your going to get in to pigs maybe you should look at the 243.
  8. Bindernut

    Bindernut Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2007
    ND, USA
    The Swift's barrel burner reputation is well known yet somewhat undeserved.
    If you load it to the max, especially with slow burning powders, then yes you will have a throat erosion problem.
    If you back off the load just 100fps the throat will last a lot longer.

    Another reason you see burned throats in Swifts is that they were used for hot n heavy prairie dog sessions. Keep the barrel cool and it will last as long as a .22-250.

    My last Swift went well over 5000 rounds before I sold it to a neighbor. Its stilli nnailing coyotes out to 300yds.
  9. venustus

    venustus New Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Thanks to all for your recomendations!!

    When I get a new digital camera(the one I had kicked the bucket),I will post some (as Jack coined)gun "porn" for you guys to see!!!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
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