First Look: Federal's New 224 Valkyrie

The new round promises to bring ARs into the seriously long-range game, with less recoil.

Federal Premium Ammunition has made a big announcement this week about its new cartridge, the .224 Valkyrie.

The company is calling it the best AR-platform cartridge ever developed, able to maintain supersonic speeds past the 1,300-yard mark with a 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing bullet.

Not only that, but the round is supposed to have about half the felt recoil of a 6.5 Creedmoor rounds.

While the round was designed for ARs, it offers superb long-range performance in bolt-action rifles, the company says.
While the round was designed for ARs, it offers superb long-range performance in bolt-action rifles, the company says.mfg photo

Federal says the Valkyrie will finally offer practical 1,000-yard performance in an AR thanks to the heavier bullets and extremely high ballistic coefficients of new cartridge. 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.

“Federal Premium has drawn from its 95 years of ammunition manufacturing excellence to develop an all-new cartridge that transforms the MSR 15 platform, unleashes shooters’ long-range potential and shatters the boundaries of ballistic performance,” the company said in a statement. “The 224 Valkyrie provides extremely flat trajectories and match accuracy beyond 1,300 yards. The cartridge offers significantly less wind drift and drop than other loads in its class, as well as less than half the recoil of cartridges with comparable ballistics. Loaded in an unmatched array of high-performance projectiles, 224 Valkyrie is the new choice for both long-range target shooters and hunters.”

The 224 Valkyrie boasts reduced recoil over other cartridges in its class.
The 224 Valkyrie boasts reduced recoil over other cartridges in its class.mfg photo

Federal hasn’t said much more about the new cartridge, just that while it’s designed primarily for AR-type rifles, the company says it will produce extreme long-range performance from bolt-action rifles too.

The Valkyrie will be available with four bullet options: 100-grain Fusion MSR ($28.95), 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint ($29.95), 75-grain American Eagle TMJ ($13.95), and the 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing ($31.95).

The Valkyrie will be released with four bullet options.
The Valkyrie will initially be released with four bullet options.mfg photo