224 Valkyrie: Coming Your Way!

Since I heard about 224 Valkyrie, I’ve been wanting to get hands-on with it. It’s taken a while, but I’m getting close to kicking-off a content series that will go in-depth on this exciting new cartridge. But I need your help! I’d love to hear your feedback, and get ideas on what exactly to show!

Ammunition and Reloading

I plan to load 224 Valkyrie ammunition that will perform well in demanding scenarios at extreme distances (for a 22 caliber cartridge). What do you all want to see for bullets? How about powders? I’d love to hear exactly what  you all are curious about! It will be fun to chronograph loads, and work up some laser-accurate ammunition. Do you load 224 Valkyrie? I’d love to hear what you’re using, and how your ammunition is performing.

Rifles

For rifles, I’m hoping to show an AR-15 long-range setup, and also a bolt-action rifle. This way, we’ll see how 224 Valkyrie performs in the platform it was designed for (MSR/AR-15), and also how well it can perform without all of the semi-automatic variables (first and last shot, increased tolerances, etc). I’ll hone in on factors like barrel length and twist rate, and focus on match-grade components in order to achieve best results. Is there anything specific you want to see in terms of rifles? Please leave a comment!

Shooting Scenarios

I see 224 Valkyrie as a great choice for long-range match shooting (where 22 caliber is called for), long range predator hunting, and for recreational mid-to-long-range target shooting. Are there other shooting applications and scenarios you’d like to see? Please leave your ideas and feedback in a comment below!

I’m looking forward to this new adventure, and hope that you’ll subscribe and follow along! More updates shortly.

Thanks,
Gavin

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9 thoughts on “224 Valkyrie: Coming Your Way!”

  1. I would like to see same twist rate and barrel length on both. To better show accuracy and distance accuracy differences between the two rifles.

  2. I think that, realistically, to take advantage of the capabilities of the cartridge, you should use a 24 to 26 inch barrel in your AR. Heavy barrel and billet receiver. This, I think, will reflect what a PRS or F-TR shooter would use.
    For the bolt action, the best you can afford and a barrel at least 28 inches.

  3. In the video, you have RCBS dies + Forster… Understand the purpose of the two Forster dies, but, What’s the purpose of the RCBS dies? (Reloading newbie here)…

  4. Gavin, I’m excited about this new caliber since I have a spare Lower just sitting around. Since the AR-15 is now the MSR (Modern Sporting Rifle) would a bout rifle be a ASR (Ancient Sporting Rifle)? As for barrels anything from 18 – 26 inches, so long as it is the same for both rifles.
    Looking forward to the series, especially when you check the finished products in reloading; concentricity, velocity, and accuracy.

  5. I have heard and read in a few different places that the 80 grain .224V can be hot rodded to achieve 22-250 type speeds, while still able to fit into the 6.8 spc mag and still reach out past 1000yds…lots of potential!!

  6. My initial excitement faded to doubts when I wondered how so much energy was obtained in relation to not so much case growth (5.56 as refer). Also wonder about rates of barrel wear relative to alternatives. Has wind cheating paper punching excelled at the costs of other characteristics. Could it best the 5.56 in battle? I have a Mega Arms Billet AR-15 upper/lower wanting for a caliber selection. What about the 6.5 Grendel? Maybe I’m afraid to believe it the real deal.

  7. Lets talk about the gas gun first, I would recommend at LEAST a 1×7 twist rate for the gas gun with wither a 22, 24, or 26 inch barrel. Rainier Arms is making a 26 inch AR Barrel, as far as I know that’s the only 26 inch barrel being made.
    White Oak Armament, Rainier Arms, CMMG, and CMT Tactical all make 24 inch barrels. Proof Research, BSF Barrels, Rainier Arms, Criterion, and White Oak Armament, all make a 22 inch barrel. I wouldn’t recommend going under a 20 inch barrel for you lose the velocity required to make it past 1000 yards. Check out this YouTube video on Velocity Testing:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdfgJUwmrwA

    Now onto the Bolt Gun, I would strongly recommend going with a Bartlein Stainless #13 Varmint Contour 5R 1×6.5 Twist 26 Inch Barrel. 1×6.5 Twist is what Sierra recommends to PROPERLY stabilize a 90 grain MatchKing. A 1×7 twist can stabilize a 90 grain MatchKing but it is not 100 percent stabilization.

    It your looking to purchase a 224 Valkyrie in the AR Platform instead of building on, I would highly reccommed the CMMG MK4 DTR2. Very little upgrading is needed with this rifle, for it comes standard with a Magpul MOE Grip, Magpul PRS Gen 3 Stock, and Geissele SSA Trigger. The only other thing I would recommend is an adjustable gas block with is anywhere from $50 to $100 for a good gas block.

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