Redefining the 1,000-Yard Cartridge: Federal .224 Valkyrie

By Dave Dolbee published on in Ammunition, News, Videos

Transform your MSR 15. Loaded with the 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing, the all-new .224 Valkyrie provides less wind drift and drop than all other loads in its class and stays supersonic past 1,300 yards. The cartridge is the new choice for both long-range target shooters and hunters. Here is the full release and promo video from Federal Ammunition.

224 Valkyrie Products

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.

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.

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.

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.

Flattens the Competition at 1,000 Yards

The MSR 15 has never offered practical 1,000-yard performance. That’s all changed thanks to the heavier bullets and extremely high ballistic coefficients of new 224 Valkyrie. Loaded with the 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing, the cartridge offers as much as 127.88 inches less drop and 68.76 inches less wind drift at 1,000 yards when compared to existing MSR 15 cartridges.

More Punch. Less Kick.

New 224 Valkyrie provides comparable ballistics as larger counterparts like 6.5 Creedmoor but with as little as half the felt recoil.

From Targets to Trophies

The 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing 224 Valkyrie can tackle the most elite competition. However, loaded with other available bullets, the cartridge is also lethal on varmints and medium game. Gel shot at 100 yards with 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip (P224VLKBT1).

You make the call: 1,300 yard accuracy from a Modern Sporting Rifle (MSR)? How will this change long-range shooting? What was your longest shot? Share your answers in the comment section.

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Comments (34)

  • Jeff

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    Hey Jared, I would like to see your documentation on that. There’s no way I would depend on this round out to 1000 yards. I know folks that claim a 223 is lethal to 900 yards. A neck down 6.8 case will push it out there pretty quick. But how much kinetic energy is left at 1000 or farther? Where did you get your info please. And I’m really curious about wound balistic’s. A 223 / m855 is a failure when it comes to wound balistic’s as compaired to a 55 gr FMJ. The tumbling effect of the FMJ is far greater in the jell. Who’s released the doc’s on the 224 testing. I like to read the test data myself.

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  • Mike Krkljus

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    As far as 6.5 in the AR15 platform, or already exists. Look at the Grendel round. Loads of fun with a good barrel. Very accurate, and very soft shooting.

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  • Sam

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    Did they neck down, bump shoulder, and up the pressure of the X39? That’s what it looks like to me.

    Now if only I could see past 300 yards…

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  • Steven Stein

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    Another very interesting concept but will it live to see the light of day?

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  • mike kidney

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    I’d like to see ballistic comparisons at 500yds down to 100yds

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  • Rucj

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    The .224 Valkyrie is a 6.8 cartridge necked down to a .224. So you will have to get another barrel or another upper.

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  • Jesse Ray

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    What I gotta know is why I would need a new upper, a .223 Rem. bullet is actually .224 diameter

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    • TomC

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      You don’t need a new upper, but you do need a new barrel and a new bolt — You need a new barrel because the chamber dimensions are different, and you need a new bolt because the cartridge base diameter is larger.

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    • Adam

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      7.62×39, 30-06 Springfield, and 308 Win all use bullets of the same diameter, but that doesn’t make them interchangeable in the same rifle.

      There’s more to a given cartridge than just the diameter of the bullet. Different cartridges will also vary in case volume, overall length, and pressure rating.

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    • Josh

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      Wrong. 7.62x39MM is not the same bullet diameter as 30-06 and 308/7.62x51MM. But, the point you are trying to make is right.

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    • TomC

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      Sorry, Adam, but 7.62×39 does NOT use the same diameter bullet as .30-06 and .306 Win.

      .30-06 and .308 Win (aka 7.62x51mm or 7.62 NATO) both use a bullet diameter of .308 (surprisingly enough, given the way calibers are often named).

      But 7.62x39mm uses a bullet diameter of .312 (or sometimes .311).

      Some US reloaders and possibly even manufacturers have made incorrect “7.62×39″ rounds using .308 bullets — which are wildly inaccurate and tend to keyhole.

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    • CJ

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      They might have meant the 7.62 x54r

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    • TomC

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      Also .312

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    • Charles Smith

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      Gents: The actual mil spec bore diameter is .310 across the bottom of of the grooves of the bore. .311 is the common diameter used in both 7.62 x 54 and 39. by most militaries. Hornady offers .310 bullets and loaded ammo in this diameter. I have never seen .312 bullets used by a military but this diameter will work. Especially in badly worn bores. This is a common experience with the .303 series arms.The mil spec here is 120 to 125 grain bullets .310 but .311 are often used. .308 does work in the better bores and I have used this diameter back in the 1970s when lighter bullets for 7.62 x 39 were not available and no research data for bullets heavier than 130 grains. No .303 bullets less than 150 grain were not offered. Accuracy was ok but definitely not tack driving. But then again this is not a match grade cartridge.It was meant for high volume fire at combat ranges out to 350 meters.I was casting a 130 grain round nose lyman bullet with no gas check which shot well. I also used speer .308 130 grain hollow points that shot well. I hope this info helps to clear things up and is helpful to you guys.

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    • Josh Dillard

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      Still a different bullet diameter and completely different round even if some “might” work in bores of various conditions.

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