|.17 Mach IV|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Designer||Vern O Brien|
|Parent case||.221 Remington Fireball|
|Bullet diameter||.172 in (4.4 mm)|
|Neck diameter||.206 in (5.2 mm)|
|Shoulder diameter||.361 in (9.2 mm)|
|Base diameter||.378 in (9.6 mm)|
|Rim diameter||.378 in (9.6 mm)|
|Rim thickness||.045 in (1.1 mm)|
|Case length||1.400 in (35.6 mm)|
|Rifling twist||1 in 10"|
|Primer type||Small Rifle|
|Source(s): 6mmBR  Hodgdon |
The .17 Mach IV is a wildcat centerfire rifle cartridge, based on the .221 Remington Fireball case, necked down to fire a 0.172 inches (4.4 mm) bullet. The cartridge was introduced in 1962 by Vern O’Brien. The cartridge offered an easy case conversion and good ballistics, but could not compete against the .17 Remington.
The name, Mach IV, comes from the claim that the bullets can reach 4,000 ft/s (1,200 m/s). Due to the relatively small case capacity, even small variations in powder of 0.5 gr (0.032 g) can lead to the difference between a safe and dangerously over pressure load.