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Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Road America, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. Road America

    Road America Member

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    Are there any new rifles being made in .221 Fireball? I have an XP-100 and a bunch of brass, it would be neat to have a good accurate modern rifle also chambered for it.
  2. Bindernut

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    As far as I know, the CZ527 & Remington 700 are the only factory rifles currently chambered in .221 Fireball. I haven't seen any in any of the distributor rags, but Remington added the .221 to the 700 lineup in 2002 and their website says it's still available.


    I know the Kimber 84 was available in that caliber a few years back and Remington did a limited run of the 700LS a few years ago in the caliber too. Remington also did a 700 Classic run featuring .221 in 2002 (same year they added the Fireball to the production 700s).
  3. Road America

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    Thanks - that CZ527 with the full stock is really nice looking - the web site seemed to be saying they make them in 222 and hornet, but there was a mention of 221 also. The Remingtons I found have laminated stocks, I know they work good - but I just don't like them.
  4. Bindernut

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    I think the 527 American is the only model still available in .221.
    The FS is currently only available in .222, .223, & Hornet.

    All of the 527 models are great little units. Good barrels, an excellent adjustable trigger setup, and very nice wood.
    The only thing I find quirky about em is the "backwards" safety lever (back is fire, forward is safe). That does take some getting used to.

    I agree that the .221 would be a good little "light" centerfire varmint round for a rifle. Just the thing to fill the gap between the Hornet and the .222/.223.
    Personally, I'd like to get that cartridge in a 14" XP someday...I think the 10" on the original plastic-stocked XP is a little to short to really get the potential of the .221.
  5. old semperfi

    old semperfi Active Member

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    i live in southern indiana,old country boy at hear
    not sure but because of ammo price i rechambered my xp from 221 to 223.much cheaper to shoot and many more combos to reload old semperfi
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