Although as most people in this world I am a little bias as toward my own. Reloaders should remember that the .17 Fireball's small case means that small variations in powder will produce seemingly disproportionate changes in velocity and pressure. The .17 Fireball's rim diameter is .378", head diameter is .375", shoulder angle is 30 degrees, cartridge overall length is 1.83" and it uses small rifle primers. The 223 is like the 30-06 it just works. The .221 Fireball is the highest velocity pistol cartridge ever loaded by a major ammunition maker. New for 2007, Remington's .17 Fireball was created by necking-down the .221 Fireball case (itself based on a shortened .222 Remington case) to accept .172" diameter bullets. I want to get a 17 REM for prairie dogs and coyotes. In comparison I purchased a .17HMR, heard it was great on the foxs, coons and tree rats. Due to the small bore diameter, clean burning powders are preferred to reduce fouling. .185. 17-223 IS NOT a 17 Remington! I would love to hear opinions from real hunters not from the armchair professors. flat bases. Thanks, Bob. 17 Remington Fireball In 2007, Remington Arms introduced a new rifle cartridge based on their 221 Fireball necked down to 17 caliber. Used a Sako 17 Rem ,22 LR RF and 22WMR untill I got 17 HM2, 17 HMR, 17 Fireball, and 204 Ruger rifles. His 30 grainers have a BC of .270, but take a 9 twist. bheadboy. Note: A full length article about the .17 Remington Fireball can be found on the Rifle Cartridge Page. and the .221 Fireball--may not have the following of the .223, but they both offer shooters pretty good performance and a dose of nostalgia. The new .17 Fireball boasts an advertised muzzle velocity (MV) of 4000 fps and a 300 yard velocity of 2360 fps with a 20 grain AccuTip-V varmint bullet. But you don't always need such a hot .22 for varmint and predator hunting, and there are some mild mid-range .22s that work quite well. Yotes at 250 yards drop like a used condom on a dirt road. Alright, I asked about making 17 Fireball from 223 brass. Ackley who used it on much larger game, but such use is not typical. If you tried the 29 grain boatails from Kindler, it may change your mind, with a BC of .240, ain't nothing like the 'ol 25 gr. 17 Hornet vs 17 Fireball - posted in Varminter Magazine - Main Hunting Discussion Forum: I am simply curious as to the opinions of others. The 22-250 is the best of the three, but you want a 223 vs 17 rem. It has a much flatter trajectory than the.223 being a smaller bullet in a similar sized case. Before the 17Rem I shot the 17-222 and 17-223 beside the 17MachIV. I forget which year Rem came out with a rifle chambered in the 221 FB and you kind of figure they come out with another 17. The Fireball is not based on the 17 Rem at all. Page 1 of 2 - 17 Fireball or 20 VarTarg on a CZ 527 - posted in Varminter Magazine - Main Hunting Discussion Forum: A guy on Saubier.com has actually gotten CZ to consider offering the .17 Fireball or .20 VarTarg on the CZ 527 action.I think the .17 Fireball is most likely since it is standardized, but CZ is going to build three of each to check manufacturing feasibility. Well, I found out the hard way! Somehow shooting a round the same diameter as the old pellet gun I grew up shooting feels good. These Remington figures were taken in a 24" test barrel. Home. 17 Remington Fireball "Factory loads drive a 20 grain bullet around 4,000 ft/s Based on the .221 REM Fireball necked down to .17 caliber This cartridge shows mild recoil, high velocity, with minimal report" I would go with the 223 any time. Easy choice for me, I'd never take a .17. I would stay with the 17 rem as opposed to the fireball number. I would avoid the 20 grain V-max though. i see quite a few posts lamenting the lack of availability of 17 rem brass. It feels even better shooting a projectile at more than twice the weight and twice the speed. Using a slightly modified 221 FB case it is similar to the popular 17 Mach IV wildcat cartridge. I have never felt underpowered using it. Fouling problems are reported to be much less pronounced than with the .17 Remington. Aptly named the 17 Remington Fireball, it is their version of the 17 Mach IV with minor changes from the original design in some areas. Both cases have the same head diameter, shoulder angle, neck length and maximum average pressure (MAP) of 55,000 p.s.i. 17 fireball brass 17 remington brass 204 ruger brass 219 zipper brass 20 vartarg brass 220 swift brass 221 fireball brass 221 fireball nickel ... 223/5.56 lake city fully processed 223wssm new winchester 224 valkyrie brass 243 federal headstamp 243 hornady headstamp 243 mixed headstamp The new .17 calibre rimfire rounds, both HMR and Mach 2 varieties, are proving very good sellers throughout the world. Fouling problems are reported to be much less pronounced than with the .17 Remington. All rights reserved. Looks as if I am leaning to the 17 Remington at the moment. They didn't die with athority but died.The bullets used were 25 grain Hornady HP'S. The .17 Fireball is a typical bottleneck, rimless cartridge. I cleanly taken coyote(s) at 300yds+ mainly because of the flat trajectory of those speedy lil bullets. The smallest caliber I own is the .223 and I like it. After building the 17 Remington AR-15, I considered using it for prairie dogs. But I will be tring out a Hornady 17 Hornet when a rifle comes out that I like. The fireball has almost zero recoil, has less report, and takes less powder. 18.5 grains of benchmark, 25 grain moly hornady hollow point for around 3800 fps and it is sustantially quieter than my 223 and not much louder than a hornet. I think Mark has it about right--the 204 has the potential to beat them both. New posts Search forums. I have a 17 Fireball and a 20 VT. Eurosport: I currently shoot 3 Varminters in caliber 17 Remington! Fireball VS .17 Remington Just curious about my options. I noticed little difference when shooting prairie dogs under 200 yards. Trying to decide on a barrel in 17 cal to put on a Savage action. The 17 Remington Fireball is light on recoil, easy on powder and almost as fast as its big brother, the 17 Remington. I have both and if I was forced (good luck with that) to have only one, I would keep the 17. Actually, the ballistics for the 50 grain bullet in the 22-inch barrel (.221 Fireball) are better than the .223 Remington in a 16" carbine. Personally I'd go with a 204 instead of a 17 rem, main reason I totally hate trying to hold onto those darn lil 17 slugs. Just my 2 cents 17 Rem centerfire, in my opinion is a short range small varmint gun. My second 17 rem showed up today. The 20 grain V-Max and AccuTip-V bullets have a sectional density (SD) of .097 and a ballistic coefficient (BC) of New posts New profile posts. With a 23-degree shoulder and a case length of 1.796 inches—the .223 Remington uses a 1.760-inch-long case—the .17 Remington often has a powder charge heavier than its bullet. Because the .17 Fireball burns less powder than the .17 Remington and drives its bullet at a lower velocity with less pressure, it fouls the bore less rapidly. A factory load using a 25 grain bullet is rumored for introduction next year. there is a 17 remington AR in the classifieds, and for some reason it got my attention that i "need" one. So now the 22 RFs ,17 Rem, and 223 Rem are not used very much. I went to 30 gn Golds in my 17 Rem. 17 FB 300 7.51” 12.23” By comparison a 50-grain 223 Rem doing 3300 fps drops 10.93” and drifts 11.32” at 300 yards. Here are Remington's trajectory figures for the .17 Fireball's 20 grain AccuTip-V bullet at a MV of 4000 fps: Independent chronograph test results published in American Rifleman magazine showed an average MV some 125 fps slower 17 Remington is the 222 Mag necked down with shoulder bumped back. I have taken several coyotes at 400+/- yards with my 17 Rem. The 30 grain gold has as high of a BC as the 40 grain 204 Vmax bullet. I ended up building a 204 Ruger AR-15 as it shoots flatter, longer than a 223 Remington or the 17 Remington. Even so, that little 20 grain AccuTip-V bullet is moving right along. i'll take the 221fb,22-250 or the 204. The Fireball is worth a look if you want a highly efficient cartridge for … When the stagebe it an ammo shelf or a beachside balconyis full of attractive choices, what wins the hearts of the crowd usually has the best combination of several pleasing qualities. These work in a 10 twist. I used one a fair bit, wore out two tube and said I'd not go back. The VarTarg use approx. Unsurprisingly it carries a lot more energy to the tune of 521 ft/lbs which is near double the Fireball and the 17 Rem at this distance. It is based on the .223 Remington case necked down to .172 in (4.37 mm), with the shoulder moved back. and at 300 yards the remaining energy is 247 ft. lbs. Two of those mild-mannered ,22s--the .222 Rem. Hornady is the primary supplier of .172" bullets to reloaders. 1:9 twist is recommended. It would be good medicine but I found the longer range a bit lacking. Testing the .17 calibre Fireball round. Brilliant spotlight round. The coyotes that I've shot at 350 + yards with the 17 have expired. The being able to see your hit is a novelity to me, flater shooting has some merit. The .221 case is a close copy of the .223. I have a .17 HMR and I love it. I also shoot .17 HMR, .222, .22 Hornet, and .223 in small caliber rounds. By Chuck Hawks. Because the .17 Fireball burns less powder than the .17 Remington and drives its bullet at a lower velocity with less pressure, it fouls the bore less rapidly. This should be interesting!! The reason being noise and recoil. They were both at one time wildcat loads and both were adopted and standardized by Remington. While the .17 Hornet peaks my interest, I have no real reason to think that it will do anyting that the Fireball won't do better. You need both to most consistently put down game at longer ranges. 17 Mach IV vs. 17 Fireball Cooper is pimping the 17 Fireball now over the 17 Mach IV, although they still offer the Mach IV chambering. Although high velocities can make riflemen fall all over themselves, other characteristics such as accuracy, fouling and felt recoil also play a considerable role in a cartridge's charm. The 17 remington is more prone to this. Velocity is close to the .17 Remington but with significantly less powder, and therefore less heat and fouling. and higher than that permitted for the .222 Rem. Please note, the following information reflects the estimated average ballistics for each caliber and does not pertain to a particular manufacturer, bullet weight, or ja My longest Prairie dog shot has been 577 yards with my 22-250. I really like the 25 grain Hornady HP. Same with 17 or do I shed too much velocity for clean kills at those ranges with 17? I sold my 204 after shooting the fireball cartridges. DakotaDeer: You and Mark are on the right track - the 204 Ruger in fact is FAR SUPERIOR to both the 17 Remington and the 223 Remington for MOST ALL Varmint applications! These Hornady loads were developed in a T/C Encore rifle with a 24" barrel and used Remington cases and Remington 7-1/2 primers. I did get my 17 rem this last week 1/2" groups with initial loads, HAPPY. I have several rifles in 223. If you pick up some of the 30, 27, or 25 grain gold bullets from Todd Kindler it can make the .17 fireball a real contender in the .204 realm. I pretty much believe the 17s as a joke..They are just too damn hard to maintain and we have too much updraft wind in Idahos Snake River canyon and I have seen that wind move a 22 bullet a foot high at 100 yards. The Fireball is by far the most fun to hunt with for groundhogs, fox, and coyote. I had some bad experiences with it. Based on Hornady loading data for the nearly identical .17 Mach IV, which should also be applicable to the .17 Fireball, 16.3 grains of H4198 powder is good for a MV of 4000 fps with Hornady's 20 grain V-Max bullet. The V-Max has a BC of .230 and the hollow point has a BC of .187. Both are important issues to high-volume shooters such as varmint hunters. 15.1 grains of the same powder gives a MV of 3600 fps with either of Hornady's 25 grain bullets. what do you guys think for coyotes, 221 fireball vs 17 remington? My collection will always include a .223 and .308 rifle. nice blood trails but they got away. The .17 Remington was introduced in 1971 by Remington Arms Company for their model 700 rifles.. It has a case length of 1.41" compared to the 1.796" case length of the earlier .17 Remington. Quieter, too. I have to agree - when you want to reach out past 300 and touch something the 22/250 gets it done with style. The .223 is just too boring for me. Do you guys feel the effective killing distance of a 17 is same as 223? I wouldn't call it boring either, not with the accuracy that it delivers. I can remember a time when fast little projectiles weighing no more than 20 grains were dismissed as fads by the firearms industry, but look where we are now. Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3. Forums. The following ammunition cartridge ballistics information and chart can be used to approximately compare .223 Remington vs .30 M1 Carbine ammo rounds. If you are looking for minimum pelt damage, the 17 caliber rounds would be a benefit. I actually shoot a 17mK IV, the precursor of the 17 rem fireball. It's based off the.223 case cartridge and the goal was to create better long range bullet, and the.17 Remington fills that niche perfectly. The 25 grain bullets have a SD of .121. (not the 17 fireball) Menu. If it were me I would make a straight 17 Remington or a 17-204 which is about the same as the 17 Rem for the most part. Constitutional Counter: Any firearm related product available, you now get at cost pricing. With the low powder charge it is not a barrel burner. +1.6"at 100 yards, +2.0" at 150 yards, +1.5" at 200 yards, 0 at 250 yards, -2.8" at 300 yards. I am talking 300 to 400 yards with 223. the 17rem that a friend had made us mad everytime we hunted with it,accurate yes,but 90%or more groundhogs shot with it made it back to there hole. Hornady offers reloaders a 20 grain V-Max and two 25 grain bullets, a V-Max and a hollow point. The only difference is that the .221 is shortened 0.3674 inches in the body. but then i started to wonder why not just go with a 17-223? Vintage stamped checkering 700 BDL. It was designed exclusively as a varmint round, though it is suitable for smaller predators.There are those such as P.O. 30 percent less powder and is considerably quieter than the 204 with virtually no muzzle jump, you can see all the action in the scope. SHOPPING 17 Fireball Ammo Sale And 17 Hmr Ammo Vs 223 17 Fireball Ammo Sale And 17 Hmr Ammo Vs 223 Reviews : You finding where to buy 17 Fireball Ammo Sale And I love the .17 Rem and I doubt I'll ever be without one of some type. The muzzle energy (ME) of the 20 grain bullet is 710 ft. lbs. The Fireball is also very "quiet", as compared to a .223 Remington. That reduces its propellant capacity to 60 percent of the .223s. Yep! Both shoot better than I can shoot them. Feb 15, 2012 Copyright 2007, 2012 by Chuck Hawks. What's new. Most varminters in this area know that and have a lot of fun with the newbys that show up..Its hard to make then hold a foot low with there rifles sighted 1.5 inches high at 100 yards and many a Rockchuck has flipped them off. Yes, it is faster than my .22mag but just doesn't get the job done like the .22mag. Rem quit making 25gr 17 cal bullet and that open the door for Hornady and their 20gr bullet and they loading data for the 17-221 fireball case. 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