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.17 Remington Fireball
Type Rifle
Place of origin United States
Production history
Designer Remington
Designed 2006
Manufacturer Remington
Produced 2007
Variants see .17 Mach IV
Parent cartridge .221 Remington Fireball
Bullet diameter .172 in (4.4 mm)
Neck diameter .206 in (5.2 mm)
Shoulder diameter .3673 in (9.33 mm)
Base diameter .3769 in (9.57 mm)
Case length 1.420 in (36.1 mm)
Primer type Small Rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
20 gr (1 g) VMAX 4,037 ft/s (1,230 m/s) 724 ft·lbf (982 J)
25 gr (2 g) HP 3,789 ft/s (1,155 m/s) 797 ft·lbf (1,081 J)
30 gr (2 g) HP 3,569 ft/s (1,088 m/s) 849 ft·lbf (1,151 J)
Source(s): Hodgdon [1]

The .17 Remington Fireball was created in 2007 by Remington Arms Company as a response to the popular wildcat round, the .17 Mach IV. Factory loads drive a 20 grain (1.3 g) bullet around 4,000 ft/s (1,219 m/s). Velocity is close to the .17 Remington but with significantly less powder, and therefore less heat and fouling. Both are important issues to high-volume shooters such as varmint hunters.

It's based on the .221 Remington Fireball necked down to accept a .17 caliber bullet and is very similar to the .17 Mach IV. Reports on this cartridge show mild recoil, high velocity, with minimal report (noise).[2]

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