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Hello, from Roxboro, NC

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:09 pm
by 59Panhead
A friend of mine sent a link of this site to me. My interests lie primarily in small varmint hunting, so I'm tending towards smaller calibers these days. Nothing exotic, yet. I have a custom .22-250 AI, but I'm wanting to go lighter as my shooting is more closer to home. Meaning, more people to worry about, and where they may be in proximity to my farm. So, 200 - 300 yards may be the norm these days.

Even though I see that .20 is the preference here, I'm planning a build around a .17 Fireball. I don't have anything in .17, and I chose the Fireball from a desire in my youth for a .221 Fireball (even if it was offer in a pistol).

Anyway, I'm looking forward to visiting and hopefully contributing something to the forum. Have a good one.

Jack

Re: Hello, from Roxboro, NC

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:22 pm
by Waskawood
Welcome. Panheads and small calibers. Life doesn't get any better than that!!!

Re: Hello, from Roxboro, NC

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 6:23 pm
by CRT
Welcome to the Small Caliber Club forum. The 17 fireball is a great round and use to be one of my favorite's. I ran into numerous batch's of Rem brass that wouldn't hold a primer after one mild firing, at .45 cents a piece for brass that changed my mind quickly . At the time Remington was the only company producing brass so you didn't have alot of choice. Now that Nosler and Lapua are both making 221 brass you have some good choices as long as you don't mind necking them down and turning the necks.
If you do decide to consider a 20 caliber you might read up on the 20 SCC. Based on the Nosler 221 fireball brass and it sure is alot of fun to shoot. Speed and trajectory on par with the 204 ruger with a much improved efficiency level.

Brad

Re: Hello, from Roxboro, NC

Posted: Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:50 pm
by bullseye-69
Welcome, looking forward to some pics of critters! :)

Re: Hello, from Roxboro, NC

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:18 am
by Hogpatrol
Welcome to the club, fellow varmint shooter. I have two .17 fireballs, a sporter and a Sendero barreled one. I love 'em for the hogs and the sporter has made two trips to the dark continent & shot a lot of critters over there. I will echo what Brad posted though, I have a tub of Remington .17FB brass that made it through one firing due to loose primer pockets. Other than the brass issue, it's a great round and out to 300, it's hog heaven. Having said that, there's no lack of info on the various .20s here too.

Re: Hello, from Roxboro, NC

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:42 am
by Virginian
Welcome! We are glad to have you join in!

Eric