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Loads for the 221 fireball

Does anyone reload .221 fireballs for the T/C Contender pistol?

I have one and its an awful lot of fun to shoot. Used up the last of the factory ammo about a month ago, so got all set up to reload. Shot some handloads today and it seems to shoot better with the max loads (17.5 grains of IMR 4198) and heavier grain of bullets (50 grain hornady v-max). Less powder and lighter grains seemed to make the groupings more erratic. I'm using a new speer manual for the reloading data.

Any suggestions & tips would be welcome! Big smile

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I shoot the fireball out of a Remington 700. I use 18.0 gr. IMR 4198 and a 40 Gr. Barnes Varminator bullet. Also work up to 16.0 gr Lil Gun with the same bullet. Hope this helps

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Thanks for the info bulldog, I'll try it. How good are your groups and at what distance?

Anybody else shoot the fireball?

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Don't shoot one Cowgal...but here is some data out of my Accurate manual. Test was with a 14" barreled T/C.

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Quigleysharps4570, just decided to revisit this thread from a few months ago and noticed the page you had scanned from your Accurate manual. I had completely missed that post, sorry about that.

Thanks for posting, I'm going to print this off and compare to the info I have.

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Will be looking forward to your results. Thumbs up

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I'm assuming the powders listed are IMR Dupont powders?

Haven't done much shooting the last couple months. Our winter has been very cold & snowy. No indoor shooting ranges here, all our shooting is outside. The last time we did some shooting was around Thanksgiving. I can't wait for it to warm up!

Thanks again for the info.

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cowgal wrote:
I'm assuming the powders listed are IMR Dupont powders?

No Ma'am...Accurate Powders. Imported...on each can there is a label that says "Product Of The Czech Republic. Here is some data on each powder listed.

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Oh... good thing I asked. I'm not familiar with Accurate powders. How do they compare to Dupont? I'm assuming you use Accurate, how do you like it?

From what I could find online, it looks like Western Powders (out of Montana) owns Accurate now.

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I like their powder Cowgal. Found 5744 to work real well in the 45-70 to duplicate blackpowder velocities. Also liked 2015 when I was playing with it. Still use 5744 for a 38-55 rifle that I load for a friend. If you can't find any in your area and have to order it http://www.powdervalleyinc.com is where I get Accurate and my other smokeless powder at. Good prices. Handy for me cause it's only a few miles from the house. Thumbs up

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