The biggest drawbacks are annoying muzzle blast and increased recoil, which quickly become tiring in a target rich environment.
The Valkyrie’s shorter case will make seating those long bullets a bit easier, and my own shooting experiences with it were nothing but positive. It’s quite interesting to to see facts on velocities and trajectories rather than the rifle owners biased opinion about “my gun shoots better and further than yours” story.
However, a couple of factors have substantially increased barrel life in .220 Swift rifles in recent years though. I actually own and use three of those rounds and have just gotten a Swift. The answer is that the .243 can handle heavier bullets than can the .22-250 and heavier bullets are better when the hunter frequently encounters windy conditions. Even though they both have the same overall length and rim diameter, the .204 Ruger has a slightly greater case capacity than the .223 Remington due to the slightly longer case length (1.85″ vs 1.76″) and steeper shoulder angle (30 degrees vs 23 degrees) of the .204 Ruger. I was going to buy thr 204. so thanks for helping make up my mine. I had a 24" varmint barrel .204. 1 and Model 77 rifles chambered in the cartridge. For one thing, advances in barrel metallurgy since the 1930s have resulted in more durable rifle barrels. Like anything it is up to the skill of the shooter to place his shots so the animal is killed quickly and humanely, Thanks for your comment Norris. When comparing modern factory loads, the .220 Swift has very small (or practically non-existent in some cases) advantages in velocity, trajectory, kinetic energy, and wind drift.
I was anxious to try handloading, and found a very hot load to be used with HPSpBT match bullets that I took out to the range. On the downside, the .204 Ruger is indeed more vulnerable to wind drift than the .22-250 and .220 Swift (but not the .223) and does not retain energy nearly as well as the others. Losing brass at night wouldn't be as big a deal. Similar distinctions are also found in other brands of bullets.
Further, the .243 load is better for extreme range shots, because it suffers less wind drift than the .22-250 load. -Editor), There are only a handful of choices in .25-06 brass and .257 diameter varmint bullets are not as plentiful as for the .243 Win. 35 berger. Browning even took the unusual step of manufacturing rifles chambered the cartridge while it was still a wildcat.
Bullet options in 40, 50, 53, 55, 60, and 62 grain weights are many and varied. I compared recipes for each cartridge and bullet weight from the Hodgdon and Nosler on-line load data sites, the Hornady Handbook of Cartridge Reloading (10th edition) and the Lyman Reloading Handbook (49th edition). I already have a comp gun, so it's not for that. Coyotes, Prairie dogs, other small varmints, and fun. I included the trajectory data for 300, 400 and 500 yards for full disclosure regarding the bullet drop and wind drift (if relevant) that will occur if one takes extreme range shots at varmints. It also equates to a healthy bump in velocity, somewhere in the 350-400 fps range, depending on barrel length. When compared to the varmint classics of the last millennium, bullets are getting longer and heavier, twist rates are getting faster, and long range performance is improving. The recoil is very low yet the delivered energy is nothing short of amazing.
Wind drift at extended ranges is least for the 85 grain .25-06 Rem.
Are you looking for a cartridge with lots of inexpensive ammo for general plinking or target shooting? by Sidewinderwa » Thu Mar 09, 2017 9:02 pm, Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests.
On the other hand, the .22-250 Remington is a larger rimless cartridge with a .473″ (12mm) rim diameter and the .220 Swift is a semi-rimmed cartridge that also has a .473″ (12mm) rim diameter. Still, there is no real problem acquiring these components.
Winchester, for a time, stopped chambering rifles for their ultimate .22 and in 1964 introduced what was supposed to be its replacement, the .225 Winchester. > elevation (in.) The .22-250 Remington and .220 Swift have a significantly flatter trajectory are more resistance to wind drift than the .223 Remington, so they have a definite advantage as ranges increase as well as in windy conditions. Killed this Approx 6-7yr old sow at 110-130 yards with my Howa 1500 .204 Ruger with Redfield 4 … Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. Nosler Ballistic Tip, MV 4050 fps; BC .206; MPBR 271 yards (Based on Hodgdon and Nosler load data), Trajectory: Range (yds.) Are you very sensitive to recoil? I believe that for a competant marksman these smaller .22 calibres do the job admireably. However, most .220 Swift factory ammo these days is not loaded as “hot” as it could be due to concerns about barrel life. A near ballistic twin of the .22 … Nosler Ballistic Tip, MV 3550 fps; BC .310; MPBR 257 yards (Based on Lyman load data). The case holds about 34.5 grains of water—just a bit less than the .22 Nosler—and in a pinch, can be made from 6.8 SPC brass by a competent handloader. The .224″ bullets used by the .223 Remington, .22-250 Remington, and .220 Swift are also used by their Ackley Improved cousins as well as other cartridges like the .218 Bee, the .219 Zipper, the .221 Fireball, the 22 Creedmoor, the .22 PPC, the .222 Remington Magnum, the .223 WSSM, the .224 Valkyrie, and the .224 Weatherby Magnum.
I might have it this week if he gets it early.
At 500 yards, the 60 grain .224 bullet would drift 28.4" in a 10 mph, 90 degree cross wind, while the 70 grain .243 bullet would drift 23.7". Definitely one that also has my attention. In this article, I’m going to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the 22-250 vs 223 vs 204 Ruger vs 220 Swift in order to give you the information necessary to choose the right one for your needs. as the .22 caliber varmint equivalent of the .30-30 Win. The .223 Remington is the only real choice here and there are countless good quality AR-15 style rifles chambered in .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm NATO. Hence the dialog. Fantastic cartridge and not to be underrated!
load. They eventually settled on the M-16 rifle and the high velocity 5.56x45mm cartridge, which was derived from the .222 Remington. First out of the gate was the .22 Nosler, followed a year later by the Federal .224 Valkrie. Has anyone shot the new 22 Nosler (Rick)? However, bullet drop at 400 yards and beyond is considerable and adjusting aim for a significant cross wind remains a challenge at such long ranges. 222 Rem Mag. These points would suggest that the .220 Swift is still relevant in the high performance varmint cartridge arena, but the market and marketing facts are that the Swift is at best a bit player today. My best load so far with the new barrel is a 60 Grn.
With a 30 degree shoulder, it offers a good blend of clean feeding and positive headspacing, and has shown excellent accuracy. Good powders for the cartridge are not limited to those listed; they are simply the ones that were listed most frequently in the load tables I used. Sako and Savage (among other companies) manufactured rifles in .220 Swift as well. The biggest drawbacks of the .243 (and the very similar 6mm Remington) are even more annoying muzzle blast and recoil, compared to the .22-250 class of cartridges. Due to the wide variety of semi-auto rifles and large supply of ammunition designed specifically for the task, the .223 Remington also has a major advantage here.
There was a time when the .220 Swift was the best selling, high performance .22 caliber varmint cartridge, but that distinction now belongs to the .22-250. For instance, the first load listed, the .204 Ruger with a 32 grain bullet at 4050 fps MV, means that I found three or more specific loads, listed in each of the two sources noted, that get 4050 fps or higher MV.
Later, I think the only part that would have been left of a prairie dog would have been the pawprints.
However, the tiny bullets used by the .204 Ruger do not retain energy very well and have a paltry 257 ft-lbs of energy remaining at 500 yards. In particular, AR-15 style rifles like those made by Bushmaster, CMMG, Daniel Defense, DPMS, Noveske, and Wilson Combat, are extremely common with the .223 Remington. The .22-250 Remington and .220 Swift are very close to each other in almost all performance categories. Thanks for your support.
Excellent article John! So needless to say your article caught my eye when you were comparing these different calibers. Like the .223 Remington, the .204 Ruger is also descended from the .222 Remington. does not perform well at ranges exceeding 300 yards. The difference between them grows somewhat when comparing handloads, but the .220 Swift still only has a slight edge over the .22-250 Remington. The rifle has been tricked up a bit with an aftermarket trigger and a glass bedded thumb hole stock and shoots like a dream. For a detailed discussion about another high velocity .22 caliber cartridge in the .224 Valkyrie, read the article below: The Lyman 50th Edition (p122-123, 139-143, 148-151, 154-156), Hornady 10th Edition (p136-138, 160-178, 200-209, 210-215), and Speer Number 10 (p120-123, 134-141) reloading manuals as well as The Rifle In America by Philip B. Sharpe (p712-713) were used as references for the history of the cartridges. The other three cartridges use Hornady factory loads. Therefore, 40, 50, and 55 grain bullets are most popular for both the .22-250 and .220 Swift. In addition, the shoulder has been pushed slightly rearward in order to prevent a .223/5.56mm cartridge from chambering in a .22 Nosler chamber.
Ten loads have MPBRs exceeding 250 yards; the three loads that have MPBRs less than 250 yards are all .223 Rem. Rather, the focus of this article is on high intensity, long range cartridges. If you’re looking for a coyote and prairie dog rifle, at ranges out to 500 or 600 yards, I doubt you’d see much of a difference. After considerable testing I love the fur friendly performance and accuracy.
On the other hand, faster rifling twists are much more common with the .223 Remington and it’s possible to find rifles chambered in the cartridge with 1:12″, 1:10″, 1:9″, 1:8″ and even 1:7″ rifling twist rates that can stabilize longer and heavier bullets.
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