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Center fires at the range

Post by bandit1250 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:26 am

I took two center fire Savage single shots to the range yesterday. One was a Model 12 BVSS-S in 223 Rem. and a 112 BVSS-S in 220 Swift. A little wind stirring but not a steady wind that you couldn't pick your shots when it was not to bad. I shot the 223 first with a load of 26 Grs. H4895 and a 50 gr. Hornady V-max and it shot them well. (Bottom left target) They have been good in other 223 rifles I have but never tried them in this one. Further testing with them with other powders will be done in the future. Next was the Savage in 220 Swift (my favorite rifle/caliber combination) and it likes the RL 15 powder and the 52 Berger bullet not so much with the Speer bullet. First target upper right is three shots from the Swift. Then I left it cool while I shot a CZ 22 at pieces of clay targets and other things. Then I moved the adjustments right and shot four at the upper left. Shot the 22 some more while the Swift was in the shade cooling. It was 90* and cooling was slow. Then three bottom right target with the 52 Speer. Not real good but they would have hit a penny but more out on the edges. Later after cooling I shot 6 pennies with the Swift. Held at the very bottom of the pennies and hit them but up at the top and almost didn't hit the last one. I allowed 2-3 min. between shots to help with the barrel not heating up to bad.
Not to bad a day shooting with the center fires but the 223 will need other things tried as this one is new to me and haven't fooled with it much yet. It's just a whole lot easier to shoot 22 rim fires than to sit loading ammo.
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Still was in the penny with three shots with the Speer bullets.
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Pennies with the 220 Swift
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The two rifles. 223 Rem. in the front and Swift in the rear. The 223 will get the bigger bolt handle later today.
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Re: Center fires at the range

Post by Old Syko » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:47 am

I absolutely love both of those guns but 220 swift? Now there's one only a handful of us even consider anymore and it's one of my absolute favorites right along with the 22-250. As to your loads in .223 I've only had good luck with 4895 with heavier bullets and a tight twist. The 50 gr. V-max works really well over a charge of H322 for me. For the swift, if you haven't tried the 52 gr. Sierra BTHP you might want to give it a shot, so to speak. I seldom use anything else. H380 has always been my old standby for this one.
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Re: Center fires at the range

Post by Mags » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:06 am

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bandit1250 wrote:
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... It's just a whole lot easier to shoot .... than to sit loading ammo.
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Post by JEBar » Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:45 am

bandit

impressive shooting and reporting .... we do have 223's in our family so I have a passing familiarity with them .... for me a 220 Swift falls into the read about but don't have any personal experience with category .... info appreciated
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Post by Rifletom » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:12 pm

bandit, good shooting as usual. Accuracy rules! BTW, what is that stock against the wall? Looking very nice indeed.
Just got back from two weeks in Idaho and I'm pooped! I'll catch up more tomorrow. Like that stock.
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Re: Center fires at the range

Post by 220 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:45 pm

Love the swift, my current one is a rem VS my first was a ruger 35 years ago.
Never had one that didn't shoot well, the Remington is due for a new barrel but was a tack driver 1/2 moa all day with groups around 1" at 300 being common.
I run 40gr V-max flat out in mine, no range stimation needed until you are past 300. Makes it a bit more difficult at extreame rang but my son used the combination to roll a rabbit at a ranged 667y.
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Post by North Country Gal » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:22 pm

Ever since you've been posting about these Savage single shots, I've been keeping an eye open for one. Nothing, so far, I will grab one when and if. Great shooting, as always, bandit.
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Post by BigAl52 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:38 pm

Oh Boy Bandit. Great shooting love the swift. IMR4064 always was my choice with a Sierra 52 grhpbt and the 53 grain bullet. I can see it now. When RR sees those pennys hes going to be at the range with his 45 trying to match that.
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Re: Center fires at the range

Post by North Country Gal » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:17 pm

My money's on RR. Hey, he's shooting a bullet twice as large, right? :)
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Re: Center fires at the range

Post by bandit1250 » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:53 pm

North Country Gal wrote:
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:17 pm
My money's on RR. Hey, he's shooting a bullet twice as large, right? :)
Even though he is shooting twice the bullet diameter I will say he should only shoot half the distance and go for it at 50 yds. ;) :)
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