Re: 17 Remington Fireball
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I have yet to hear what the advantage is over the 17 Remington except slowness and newness.
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The 17 Rem is rough on barrels, and most foul badly, because of the case volume vs bore diameter.
The 17 Fireball is not new... it's a factory release of the VERY popular 17 Mach IV, which is a very effective varmint cartridge.
As a wildcat, the Mach IV is more popular than the factory 17 Rem... and that says something about it.
Rem just did what they have done in the past with the .22-250, the 6mm Rem, the 260 Rem, the 7mm-08 and a bunch of others... made a legitimate factory round out of a very popular wildcat.
Sales of 17 Rem rifles have dropped to the point that Rem stopped making rifles for it, so did Sako, CZ, Tikka and the others.
But there has been a growing demand for 17 cal rifles... so obviously, there was a new cartridge needed to fill the market gap.
The 17 Fireball is an ideal caliber for those shooting Prairie Dogs, crows, and woodchucks on small New England farms.
I hated my two 17 Remington rifles, and swore off of 17 caliber cartridges, but I'm looking forwards to my 17 Fireball.
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