.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 case .221 Remington Fireball
Bullet diameter .172 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Neck diameter .206 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Shoulder diameter .3673 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Base diameter .3769 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Case length 1.420 in (Bad rounding hereScript error mm)
Primer type Small Rifle
Ballistic performance
Bullet weight/type Velocity Energy
20 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) VMAX4,037 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)724 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
25 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) HP3,789 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)797 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error J)
30 gr (Bad rounding hereScript error g) HP3,569 ft/s (Bad rounding hereScript error m/s)849 ft·lbf (Bad rounding hereScript error 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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