220 swift for varmints-small game?

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  1. venustus

    venustus New Member

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    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,

    Dim.
  2. henry77

    henry77 New Member

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    Nothing like seeing a crow explode when hit with a 220 Swift.
  3. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    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

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    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?

    Dim.
  5. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

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    its a barrel burner no matter what metal the barrel is made of. It eats the throat away.
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    Great on the yotes too!!!
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    The 220 is a great round. But if your going to get in to pigs maybe you should look at the 243.
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    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

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    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!!!
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