Re: 22-250 vs 220 swift
Great guns, great cartridges...either will be fine on groundhogs and any other small game you'd care to take out out to 350 yards and maybe even 400 plus. Problem is those little 50ish grain bullets loose a lot once they get past 300...you'll have very little problem hitting them out to 500 but dropping them on the spot is another question. I'd look at availability of ammo, not only now, but in the future and the clear winner is the 22/250 remington with ease, you'll be giving up 100-200 fps but that's not a real big deal for what you'd gain in finding ammo. They both are at the top of the .224 league and have passed the test of time with ease..case life for the .22/250 is outstanding if your a handloader...size about 1/2 the neck, 34.1 grains of IMR 4064 and a 50 grain v-max and your in with a great load. IMR 4064 is the THE powder in my opinion and the V-max bullet is awesome. Price also, a pre 64 22/250--220 swift would command a pretty penny and I'd wonder about the barrel steel back then with throat erosion...heck you could buy a cheap version today and save yourself tons of cash. Either cartridge is a great choice and you can't go wrong with either.