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Interesting Cartridge

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by RVTECH, Dec 23, 2012.


    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    I was given a bunch of old reloading stuff a while back and throughout all the boxes of stuff were several loose rounds of old ammo. One is a small .22 centerfire and I think it is a .221 Remington Fireball. I say think because it is not marked but matches the size and configuration in a reloading manual with actual size pictures. The interesting thing is the headstamp is 'TW" which is the mark of the Twin Cities Ordnance Plant, Minneapolis, MN. I was wondering why a Mfg. of military ammo would produce the .221 Fireball, unless there was a military use for it. Any ideas?
  2. AMProducts

    AMProducts Maple Valley, WA Jerk, Ammo Manufacturer Silver Supporter

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    The military had some survival rifles chambered in .221 fireball, they were usually .221, or .22 hornet and .410 shotgun.

    It's also possible someone with a .221 was reforming .223 brass because .221 has been a hard to come by cartridge for about the last 20 years or so.