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I have been shooting a .221 in the past year & had one accurized & started reloading for it. Wow,it's accurate!I have only 120 pieces of brass & would like to load more for a PD trip. Anyone have any suggestions to locate. The usual suspects are "out of stock" No backorder, etc. Thanks!

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ct10ring, somebody was having the same problem a few weeks back. You probably already know this but you can form it fairly easy with your 221 fireball full length sizing die from .223 brass but there's a lot to come off of the length. The upper part of the body of the 223 becomes the neck of the 221 fireball and you may have to turn the necks as they could get a bit thick from sizing down. 
I think 222 would size down for it also, but of coarse the 223 is much more available. 
   I had a 221 fireball years ago and this problem made me trade it away, and personally I saw no benifits to it over a 223. Mine was accurate but nothing to write Uncle Rosco about. You could get as good of accuracy with a good quality factory 223 as with my 221fireball. 

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Has been a fair amount of discussion about this on another forum. Unfortunately, Remington is the only manufacturer of 221 Fireball brass. What with the war going on and Remington gearing their production to the 17 Fireball it looks like the 221 guys are going to get screwed. If you don't mind paying nearly double the price you can get much better quality using Lapua or Norma 223 brass; plus the extra hassle of having to shorten them. Open question whether it's worth the extra cost though.

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You might try 17 Fireball brass.

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-- Edited by Terry Balding at 11:58, 2008-03-07

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Yeah, I was wondering about that. Do you think they could be expanded to 20 caliber without weakening the necks too much? Might be a good idea to anneal them before trying to stretch their necks.

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hello 10ring ,went on a mission for you,believe or not there is .221 fireball brass here in canada,do you want me to look into price and possibly shipping down to you later chickencannonsmile

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Chickencannon, sorry for the late reply...that is a kind offer! I found 100 pieces locally (in Connecticut), and could use
100-200 more if at all possible. Midsouth has some, but only 2000 piece lots for $600 or so. Is it a hassle to mail from Canada to the US with postal regs, etc...? Guess Remington is focusing on the 17 Fireball. My guess is that the forming from .223 is a hassle. Thanks! It's a fun little caliber...I have an accurized .221 & it is really accurate, and not too loud. Even my wife shoots it! & hit the target!

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Just bought 800rds. of brass from these guys:http://www.brassworldeshop.com/221fireballrp.aspx

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Welcome to the Forums electro.

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Thanks 2Monkey. Varmint Hunter is a very enjoyable magazine and forum.

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Thanks for the info re brassworldeshop. They are out of stock at the moment. Good source.




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I just ordered some .221 Fireball from www.lockstock.com and this morning I got an email from www.midwayusa.com that also they had it in stock. I ordered 500 more from midway which has it at a better price.

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ct this is the link on the brass from midway: http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=145641

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Thank you. I'm on it.!! Wow, this stuff is like gold...

CT

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I used 222 cases a long time ago, because I thought they would not be as thick as the 223 and especially the military 223.  the 222s worked great. 

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by using the 222 you have less to trim. I formed them, cut them down with a plumbers tube cutter and then used a Lee trimer to finish the job.

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Electro, If you hand count that brass from Midway would you please let us know here if you were shorted or not. 

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A place called brassworldeshop.com sells once fired brass . People are buying 221 fireball brass to make .17 fireball brass because remington has relased that brass.

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OpossumMcmuffin, I hand counted the .221 Fireball brass from Midway and the 500 rd. box had 501 rds. and the 1000 rd. box had 1000 rds. Dirtyfoot, brassworldeshop.com sells once fired brass and new brass. The .221 Fireball is listed as new brass, which the 800 rds. I received were new brass in 100 rd. bags. I ordered 500 rds. from lockstock.com before Midway got theirs in and it should be arriving today. I will let you know how it comes packaged when it arrives. Dirtyfoot, lockstock.com lists that they have Remington factory .17 Fireball brass in stock.

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Sorry Dirtyfoot, I just checked lockstock.com and they are now out of .17 Fireball brass.

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Look at Handloader Mag. #127, they have a story by Steve Timm on making 221 brass from 223 Military

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17 Fireball is back in stock at lockstock.com http: //www.lockstock.com/prodinfo.asp?number=RBR17221:

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