When the .220 Swift was brought by Winchester it was a major hit. The quickest centerfire rifle cartridge produced and sold by a factory. Velocities for the Swift are nevertheless impressive now a days and was like magic in its day. Muzzle velocities more than four,000 fps was feasible. The swift was employed for all manner of game even even though it was meant to be a varmint round. Some gunwriters of the day claiming it was very good for every little thing from deer to Alaskan brown bear. It is a fairly very good round but I wouldn’t go that far. Particularly with the bullets then readily available.
The issue with the 220 Swift was it gained a rep for burning out barrels at an alarming price. That and the light weight thin jacket bullets some instances coming apart and not creating it to the target. Now, I believe it is debatable just how a lot of barrels got burned out as opposed to the additional probably issue becoming the barrels fouled out. Copper and carbon fouling from the use of the higher stress, higher velocity round would have performed a quantity on barrels produced in back in the day and I wonder how a lot of shooters, even severe ones, had something that could really clean up a copper fouled barrel.
Winchester decided to bring out anything dialed back just a hair to remedy the “barrel burner” and nevertheless maintain the velocity up. They picked the incorrect time to introduce it as it was brought out with the all new and significantly loved post 64 Model 70…. The answer becoming the .225 Winchester.
Winchester took the older case of the .219 zipper ( additional on that an additional day) and decreased the rim diameter.
|40 gr (3 g) SP||four,020 ft/s (1,230 m/s)||1,436 ft⋅lbf (1,947 J)|
|50 gr (3 g) SP||three,768 ft/s (1,148 m/s)||1,577 ft⋅lbf (two,138 J)|
|55 gr (4 g) SP||three,643 ft/s (1,110 m/s)||1,621 ft⋅lbf (two,198 J)|
|60 gr (4 g) SP||three,428 ft/s (1,045 m/s)||1,566 ft⋅lbf (two,123 J)|
These are velocities from modern day loads with modern day powder.
Back then, having to four,000 with the .225 WCF was a lot tougher. You can study about some of the older gun writers carrying out it, but that was a lot of guessing in my opinion. The handloaders of the time did not have chronographs to test their loads. Now with modern day elements its doable.
The .225 was a very good round and pulled back of the .220 to make the barrel final longer and give practically the very same functionality. Trouble for Winchester was, the .22-250. did that also, and did it earlier The .22-250 was a really well-liked wildcat for years ahead of remington brought it out as a industrial round the year ahead of the .225. The .22-250 is an superb round and if you want a higher velocity .22 varmint round it is challenging to beat. It is effortless to load for and get precise loads and you can strategy the velocities of a Swift if you are cautious. The round was so nicely liked by Hogden himself, he named his preferred powder soon after his pet load for the .22-250. That is, H380. The 380 coming from his pet load of 38. grains of the military surplus cannister grade powder. See what sort of useless details I’m complete of?
The very well-liked .22-250 and the post 64 Model 70 genuinely place a hurting on the probabilities of the .225WCF ever becoming well-liked. Even the individual approval of Harvey Donaldson didn’t assist the .225 significantly and to this day is hardly ever heard of and even hardly ever encountered. Factories to crap out a handful of offerings ever so generally and hand loading elements can nevertheless be bought. Use of modern day powder and higher functionality .22 caliber bullets would make the .225 an superb round for handloaders and everyone who desires a higher velocity .22 round for varmint hunting. But, ti be truthful with you , there are other selections just as very good and you would only be applying the .225 to be diverse and it would take a huge investment to track down a rifle chambered for it or to have 1 produced. But, if you are a gun hipster/vintage snob like some 1 I will not mention ( me) then it is a really very good round.