224 Valkyrie: Redefining Long Range Shooting for MSR Platforms – VIDEO

Brand-new 224 Valkyrie, designed specifically for MSR 15 platforms, pushes accuracy envelope to extreme distances.

Federal Premium 224 ValkyrieU.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- Federal Premium’s 224 Valkyrie takes the long-range precision and ballistic performance of the MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights. The results recorded by Federal Premium engineers during the cartridge’s extensive development and testing process speak for themselves. The 224 Valkyrie provides extremely flat trajectories, supersonic velocities at as far as 1,300 yards downrange, and match-grade accuracy.

It offers dramatically improved trajectories over all other MSR 15 cartridges, including the 22 Nosler, 223 Rem. and 6.5 Grendel—with roughly half the recoil of larger cartridges offering comparable ballistics, such as the 6.5 Creedmoor.

Federal Premium’s 224 Valkyrie takes the long-range precision and ballistic performance of the MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights.
Federal Premium’s 224 Valkyrie takes the long-range precision and ballistic performance of the MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights.

224 Valkyrie Built To Go the Distance

Loaded with a selection of high-performance projectiles, the 224 Valkyrie is the new first choice of long-range target shooters and hunters looking to extend the reach of their favorite MSR 15. Plus, even though the new cartridge was designed for gas-driven MSR 15 actions, it’s also extremely effective from bolt guns. All of this is great news for shooters who’ve longed for practical, economical and exceptionally reliable 1,000-plus-yard performance.

The 224 Valkyrie is based on a 30 Rem./6.8 SPC case necked down to .224 caliber.
The 224 Valkyrie is based on a 30 Rem./6.8 SPC case necked down to .224 caliber.

The 224 Valkyrie is based on a 30 Rem./6.8 SPC case necked down to .224 caliber. This gives it similar geometry to the 22 Nosler—although the Valkyrie’s ingenious blend of case capacity and ample ogive space, coupled with a highly efficient, heavy-for-caliber .224 projectile, produces downrange exploits the 22 Nosler can’t touch.

It offers up to 127.88 inches less drop and 68.76 inches less wind drift at 1,000 yards than the 223 Rem and other short-action calibers like the 22 Nosler and 6.5 Grendel. Plus, its ballistics are comparable to much larger, harder-kicking calibers like the 6.5 Creedmoor—with as little as half the felt recoil.

To say this cartridge is fast, even at long ranges, is an understatement. Testing conducted by Federal Premium engineers confirms its high-speed capabilities. For example, the new 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing produces leaves the muzzle at 2,700 feet per second; it maintains a blistering 1,950 fps pace at 500 yards and 1,268 fps when crossing the 1,000-yard line. In fact, it remains supersonic out to 1,300 yards. Velocities are based on 24-inch test barrels with a 1:7 twist.

“Along with its ballistic benefits, the 224 Valkyrie also lowers the financial barrier of entry into shooting 1,000 yards for fun and competition,” said Federal Premium development engineer Jacob Burns. “Shooters can use the widely available and popular MSR 15 platform with high-performance yet economical ammunition that costs less than traditional long-range rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor.”

Initial Lineup

Federal Premium’s new cartridge will be initially available in four of its proven product lines, offering serious options for competitors, long-range target shooters, and hunters pursuing varmints up to deer-sized game.

224 Valkyrie 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing

Extract the full long-range potential from 224 Valkyrie with the 90-grain Sierra MatchKing. The bullet design has been shot to win more matches than any other, thanks to a uniform jacket that ensures consistent, long-range accuracy, and a sleek boat-tail that maximizes ballistic coefficient.

224 Valkyrie 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing
224 Valkyrie 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing

224 Valkyrie 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint

The 224 Valkyrie is built to defeat wind drift and drop, and the 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint maximizes these built-in ballistics with a sleek, thin-jacket, polymer-tipped bullet. Its explosive expansion provides a violent energy release on impact for quick kills on varmints and predators.

224 Valkyrie 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint
224 Valkyrie 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint

224 Valkyrie 100-grain Fusion MSR

Virtually every component in Fusion MSR is optimized for peak ballistic performance in modern sporting rifles. New 100-grain 224 Valkyrie extends range even further, offering devastating accuracy and terminal performance on medium game—with half the recoil of cartridges with similar ballistics.

224 Valkyrie 100-grain Fusion MSR
224 Valkyrie 100-grain Fusion MSR

224 Valkyrie 75-grain American Eagle TMJ

Train like never before with 224 Valkyrie and American Eagle rifle. The loads feature Federal brass, clean-burning powder, consistent primers and accurate 75-grain TMJ bullets. They're the ultimate range ammunition for the ultimate MSR 15 cartridge.

224 Valkyrie 75-grain American Eagle TMJ
224 Valkyrie 75-grain American Eagle TMJ

Join the Valkyrie Revolution

The easiest way to capitalize on the new cartridge is to purchase a firearm from one of the many gun makers quickly jumping on the 224 Valkyrie bandwagon. You can also purchase a new upper and use with your existing lower.

A gunsmith or other person trained in the art of building MSRs can also make the necessary modifications using a barrel chambered in 224 Valkyrie, 224 Valkyrie headspace gauge, plus a 6.8 SPC bolt head and 6.8 SPC magazine. Consumers can expect to see widespread availability of new guns, uppers, and barrels as the cartridge gains traction in the marketplace. Again, it is recommended that shooters who decide to go the modification route enlist gun-building expertise to complete the transformation.

224 Valkyrie
A gunsmith or other person trained in the art of building MSRs can also make the necessary modifications using a barrel chambered in 224 Valkyrie, 224 Valkyrie headspace gauge, plus a 6.8 SPC bolt head and 6.8 SPC magazine.

Shooters can expect full technical specifications for the new round once it is approved by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) in January at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. At that time, information such as chamber specifications and cartridge pressure standards, including SAAMI's maximum average pressure (MAP), proof pressure range and barrel length/twist recommendations will be communicated. Cartridge and chamber dimensions, drawings and diagrams will also be available soon after SAAMI makes the cartridge official.

Reloading data will be available in spring of 2018, when SAAMI releases its load-building specifications. However, reloading die sets will be available from RCBS, and other ammo-building components will also be offered by several popular brands.

Reloading data will be available in spring of 2018, when SAAMI releases its load-building specifications.
Reloading data will be available in spring of 2018, when SAAMI releases its load-building specifications.

Ultimately, Federal Premium’s 224 Valkyrie will unleash a new era of 1,000-yard-plus accuracy and performance for gas-driven MSR 15s and short-action bolt guns, without the hefty recoil and price tag of larger caliber options. Thanks to the continuation of Federal Premium’s 95-year commitment to excellence, shooters can expect best-in-class ballistics, supersonic flight past 1,300 yards (GM224VLK1) and extreme long-range accuracy from this exciting new cartridge. And with the full array of high-performance projectiles available, it’s poised to deliver on virtually every shooter’s needs.

  • 15 thoughts on “224 Valkyrie: Redefining Long Range Shooting for MSR Platforms – VIDEO

    1. The barrel or throat life should be similar to a 212 f.b. or even the 223 re,. Not a lot of powder being burned in that little cartridge. Yeah there are other cartridges that can do the job but this project was meant for the AR and to also make it affordable for a young shooter to get in the game of long range shooting.. A buddy bought one the other day and I liked it for what it was and accuracy is pretty dam good in it as well. I already bought mine just waiting to get my purchase permit from Sherriff dept. the I can pick it up.. Ammo cost was 23.00 I believe per box.. I have a bunch if 17 center fire hot rods and even a 22-250 Ackley that can shoot just as good out to 400 yds. for 17’s and same as 224 Valk. with my ack. good to go way past that, but the Valk. has way less recoil and burns less powder and way easier on the throats… 2700-3300 fps.

    2. Every one above are talking Apple’s to oranges yes there are many calibers that will out perform the Valkyre but they won’t fit an AR15 magazine.

      1. Yes they will fit in an AR15 Magazine. It has to be a 6.8 SPC magazine for the AR15. NOT the 5.56.

    3. Pssst, I let you in on a secret. The 22-250 with a fast twist, and there is the 22-250 AI in a fast twist. I use both of these with 75 and 80 grain bullets, and they shoot lights out! The AI version in my 26 inch barrel 8″ twist shoots 75 Amax’s or ELD’s in “excess” of 3,500 fps with 0.2 MOA and my standard 22-250 does a respectable 3,300 fps and .27 moa. The 80 gr ELD’s only lose about 100 fps but gain in wind bucking abilities.

      The 22-250 AI with the 75 gr ELD remains super-sonic all the way to 2,000 yards (7,500′ MSL), and the 80 grain remains SS to 1,950 yards. The standard 22-250 fast twist with same bullets only lose about 100 yards before same SS level drops off. Barrel life in my lapped Stainless versions is around 2,000 rounds for the AI and 2,500 or so for the standard. YMMV

      I have used these in 1,000 yard, 1,500 yard, and this summer, the 22-250 AI went on its first 1-MILE shoot with good results.

      Yes, I understand this new 224 V is meant mainly for AR rifles, but geez, the 22-250 or even a fast twist 220 Swift have been around for along time and work well in bolt guns. And the 22-250 versions use a standard .473″ bolt face not a .420.

      1. we all know .22-250 is a barrel burner. a .22-250AI would be even worse. I haven’t stretched the legs on my new .224 Valkyrie yet, but from chrony testing during fire function testing this shouldn’t be a barrel burner at all.

    4. Hey, Jake Burns, will you sell me the rifle that you “Federal Premium engineers used during the cartridge’s extensive development and testing process”? Then I might be interested in this new cartridge.

    5. So why not substitute a 6mm or 6.5mm-100 grain bullet with the same powder measure, seems to me you’d have the best of both. Maybe this time we could think ahead,instead of playing catch up.
      Something to think about.
      Dennis

      1. @Dennis …The .243 Winchester is a 6mm . Somebody beat them to it , looks like an answer where there was no question.

    6. Curious what the barrel life will be … add that to the cost per round fired downrange. Perhaps a Nitrided/Melonite barrel will extend it’s useful life.

    7. Well that’s it! The 6.5 creedmire is done. Stick a fork in it! Guess Hornyday’s gotta go back to the drawing board. I mean, quoting from this article, “shooters can expect best-in-class ballistics, supersonic flight past 1,300 yards (GM224VLK1) and extreme long-range accuracy from this exciting new cartridge.” I’m just gonna run right out and get me one of these. Oh, wait a minute; think I better wait for another 90-120 days to see what new cartridge will bitch slap the Valkyrie out of the spotlight. Maybe I’ll get that one instead……..

      1. The 6.5 CM is just one more of the passing fads of the fickle US Gun Buyer. We already had a cartridge that would do anything the CM will do just as well in the 260 REM. It was here a decade earlier and was already being used by long range shooters and to a limited basis by Hunters. The Swedes had already been using the 6.5 x 55 for over a 100 years with much success.The US gun buyer is the “Johnny Come Lately” to the 6.5 party with the 6.5 CM.
        The 224 Valkyrie has the possibility of staying power due to its AR-15 platform.
        In bolt actions I still prefer the 22-250 REM with a fast twist barrel [1:6 or 1:7 ]

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