|.17 Remington Fireball|
|Place of origin||United States|
|Variants||see .17 Mach IV|
|Parent case||.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|
|Source(s): Hodgdon |
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 is 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).
.17 Remington Fireball cartridge next to a .221 Remington Fireball cartridge, its parent case
.17 Remington Fireball cartridge next to a .17 Remington cartridge