Federal Premium Introduces All-New 224 Valkyrie Cartridge

Federal Premium 224 Valkyrie Cartridge
Federal Premium 224 Valkyrie Cartridge

ANOKA, Minn. -(Ammoland.com)- Federal Premium is pleased to introduce an all-new cartridge that takes the popular MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights in long-range precision and ballistic performance.

The 224 Valkyrie produces flat trajectories, match-grade accuracy and supersonic velocities beyond 1,300 yards downrange.

“The 224 Valkyrie is based on a 30 Rem./6.8 SPC case necked down to .224 caliber,” explains Mike Holm, Federal Premium Centerfire Ammunition Global Product Lane Director. “It beats the ballistics of all other MSR 15 cartridges, including the 22 Nosler, 223 Rem. and 6.5 Grendel. Plus, it offers comparable performance to larger rounds like the 6.5 Creedmoor, with roughly half the felt recoil—and at a more economical price.”

Shooters can review the technical specifications for the new round once it is approved by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) which is expected in January at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

At that time, information such as chamber specifications and cartridge pressure standards, proof pressure range and barrel length/twist recommendations will be communicated. Cartridge and chamber drawings will also be available soon after SAAMI approves the cartridge for standardization.

Testing conducted by Federal Premium engineers using 24-inch test barrels with a 1:7 twist revealed the 224 Valkyrie offers up to 128 inches less drop and 69 inches less wind drift (with a 10 mph crosswind) at 1,000 yards than other MSR 15 rounds. The new cartridge also offers significant advantages in velocity and energy.

The 224 Valkyrie will initially be available in four loads: 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing, 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint, 90-grain Fusion MSR and 75-grain American Eagle TMJ. These proven Federal Premium bullet offerings provide options for long-range competitors, target shooters and hunters pursuing game from varmints up to deer-sized animals.

Federal Premium engineers designed the 224 Valkyrie for gas-driven MSR 15 actions, but it’s also extremely effective from bolt guns.

“The easiest way for shooters to capitalize on the new cartridge is purchase a firearm from one of the many gun makers jumping on the 224 Valkyrie bandwagon,” says Holm. “You can also buy a new upper and use it with your existing lower. A gunsmith or other person trained in building MSRs can also make the necessary modifications.”

Part No. / Description / MSRP

  • GM224VLKM1 / 224 Valkyrie 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing / $31.95
  • P224VLKBT1 / 224 Valkyrie 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip / $26.95
  • F224VLKMSR1 / 224 Valkyrie 100-grain Fusion MSR / $28.95
  • AE224VLK1 / 224 Valkyrie 75-grain American Eagle TMJ / $12.95

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.

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company.

For more information on Federal Premium, go to their website.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.:

Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Shooting Sports and Outdoor Products, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico along with international customer service, sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

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That’s like asking how many different beers, pizzas, cars, hairsprays do we need.

David Walters

The Army is looking at everything. According to my sources at DoD there is no “leading” cartridge. I didn’t inquire about this round…it really is quite new. But they are looking at more than the 6.8, including the 6.5GR/CR etc (I don’t believe nor my contact that the latter one is serious, it’s just too big for what they need).The point is that they are looking more than just one or two alternatives


Same things was said about Big Army with the development of the 6.8 SPC. Look what happened…..nothing. They would be better served going to the 22 Nosler as only a mag and barrel change are required. With the Valkyrie, not only will the mag and barrel change be required, but more importantly the bolt. Big difference between the bolt faces of a 5.56 and a 6.8, in which the 5.56 has a lot more meat and can handle higher pressures. Big Army is really happy with the new M855A1 round away, so 5.56 NATO is not going anywhere anytime soon.

John Wegner

I think it’s going to be a barrel burner like the 22/250 Remington. But it will be nice to get that kind of performance out of an AR platform.

Mike Burcke

I hope Big Army is taking notice of this cartridge…but, they seem to base everything on grunts carrying the same number of of any “new” cartridges as they do 5.56 rounds now, and with no increase in total weight (…weight is now critical, which I understand…) Which means, in reality, the only round that fits those requirements circles right back to the 5.56. Something has to give, or nothing will ever change. Should be a good MSR civilian round, though.

Wild Bill

B, The change that the lobbyists bring will get things to change.


How many more AR hybrids do we really need? At this point new development is splitting hairs.

Wild Bill

, It is not up to us to decide for others what or how many are needed. That is up to the vendor and the purchaser.


Interested with this new Ammo.