For years I’ve dealt with a chronic problem. The cure, while not IMMEDIATELY available over the counter, is known to specialists and can be formulated readily enough…and yet I never seemed to manage to take the necessary steps to obtain some relief. Until now. One thing that getting older has done for me is to distill some of my current choices, especially in the shooting game. With many more shooting years behind me than ahead, I find that I’m interested in checking some remaining boxes that (for one reason or another) had gone unaddressed. One of those projects that had languished just at my periphery for some time was to put together a trim little rifle in .221 Remington Fireball on a Sako L461 / AI action. Oh, I could have taken the easy way out by picking up a Remington 700 Classic or a CZ 527 in the .221, but the 700 is far too clunky an action for the dainty Fireball and while the CZ is certainly trim I never could warm to that “backward” safety. No, it would be a Sako or nothing. A couple of years ago I picked up a modified L461 in .223. It wore the distinctive checkered bolt shroud of an AI, sported a 26” fluted barrel with the lot bolted into a McMillan fiberglass stock. The rig shot well enough that it took me a few years to finally commit it as the donor for this project. I discussed the work with Jon Trammel of Breckenridge, TX and he fitted the action with a 22” Brux barrel. As this is a hunting rifle and not a “bench rig”, I opted to fit it with a “period correct” Redfield Accu-Range 2-7x in Leupold/Sako rings. While I’m in the early stages of load development, it shows a fondness for 40 grain Sierra BlitzKings. I should have scratched this itch a long, long time ago! Mark The new Fireball L to R: .221, .222, .223 Redfield 2-7X Accu-Range So far, so good!