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    220 swift

    Hi Guys, Iíve recently taken delivery of a Tikka LSA65 re-barrelled with a 27Ē Douglas Premium barrel in 220 Swift. It shoots sub ĹĒ groups with Remington factory but now itís time to re-load. Does anybody have any pet loads for it? Not hot but accurate. Want to try 40gr VMAX and some Speer 55gr I have in stock. Iíve got some H414 I was going to use but Hornady, Nozler, Speer, and Hogden on-line manual, all give different maximum loads so if youíve got any accurate loads with that it would be fantastic. Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coire257 View Post
    Hi Guys, I’ve recently taken delivery of a Tikka LSA65 re-barrelled with a 27” Douglas Premium barrel in 220 Swift. It shoots sub Ĺ” groups with Remington factory but now it’s time to re-load. Does anybody have any pet loads for it? Not hot but accurate. Want to try 40gr VMAX and some Speer 55gr I have in stock. I’ve got some H414 I was going to use but Hornady, Nozler, Speer, and Hogden on-line manual, all give different maximum loads so if you’ve got any accurate loads with that it would be fantastic. Thanks in advance.
    Don't do this. Get your own load data. Why are you worried about MAXIMUM loads? These manuals are only a guide, not an absolute. Your rifle will tell you when maximum is reached. Pick a load for which you may have powder, start at minimum, and work up. It's the proper way to do it. Find a good load and tell us about it. There are very few loads that work in one rifle that can be guaranteed to safely transfer to another. None will be guaranteed to be accurate. Asking for a load is like walking into a full auditorium and petitioning everyone as to their favorite flavor of ice cream. You'll get a lot of different answers.

    Pretend the Internet doesn't exist and forge ahead. You'll be a better reloader for it.~Muir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Don't do this. Get your own load data. ....
    In my limited experience, a good load results from the happy collision of a number of factors:

    Your rifle and scope
    Your brass preparation
    Your reloading technique
    Your choice of brass and bullet
    Your choice of powder and primer
    Your load testing method

    In summary, it's down to you, it's very difficult to sub-contract what you don't understand. You need to get on the learning curve yourself and see where it takes you.

    Good luck.

    ​JCS

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    If it is shooting sub half inch isn't that tight enough. In real life in the field your breating could open out a home load more than that.

    David.

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    My current swift and last swift run on 42 grains of n160 and a 60 vmax!Not a screamer load but sub 1/4 moa and it hits crows and fox like a hammer!
    Very very consistent load!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6.5shooter View Post
    My current swift and last swift run on 42 grains of n160 and a 60 vmax!Not a screamer load but sub 1/4 moa and it hits crows and fox like a hammer!
    Very very consistent load!
    Vit. N160 has always been my powder of choice over several 220 Swifts and my current 220 Ackley Imp. But with your already achieved results, your already on to a winner.

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    The fastest load in my current Swift involves Varget and Nosler 40gn Ballistic tip, the most accurate load uses Varget and Nosler 40gn bt. Over the years probably my favorite load has involved IMR 4064 and Sierra 52gn hpbt match. You are now the proud owner of the best .22 cal on the planet!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    Don't do this. Get your own load data. Why are you worried about MAXIMUM loads? These manuals are only a guide, not an absolute. Your rifle will tell you when maximum is reached. Pick a load for which you may have powder, start at minimum, and work up. It's the proper way to do it. Find a good load and tell us about it. There are very few loads that work in one rifle that can be guaranteed to safely transfer to another. None will be guaranteed to be accurate. Asking for a load is like walking into a full auditorium and petitioning everyone as to their favorite flavor of ice cream. You'll get a lot of different answers.

    Pretend the Internet doesn't exist and forge ahead. You'll be a better reloader for it.~Muir
    Why? - what's wrong with talking to other shooters?? I've re-loaded for over 20 years and always talked about the rounds we load with others - you don't have to try them all or even any. I'm not worried about maximum or minimum loads - if you read it I don't want a maximum load that's all!! How many of the web users will even look at this, it's not a usual round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffreyL View Post
    The fastest load in my current Swift involves Varget and Nosler 40gn Ballistic tip, the most accurate load uses Varget and Nosler 40gn bt. Over the years probably my favorite load has involved IMR 4064 and Sierra 52gn hpbt match. You are now the proud owner of the best .22 cal on the planet!!
    Thanks. I have used 4064 for about 20 years and have a clock based on a 4064 tin!! Not my first 220 but the powders have moved on since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FreshFace View Post
    Vit. N160 has always been my powder of choice over several 220 Swifts and my current 220 Ackley Imp. But with your already achieved results, your already on to a winner.
    Thanks. yea but at £1 per round we have to reload - well I do!!

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