The neat thing about the brand new 224 Valkyrie Cartridge from Federal Premium is that it’s designed to pack long-range performance into a package the same as traditional .223 Remington or 5.56 NATO ammunition. Since the overall length of the cartridge is the same as standard AR ammo, the caliber can be used in the AR-15 platform with a bolt, magazine, and barrel swap.
So what? Lots of calibers work in standard AR rifles. Here’s what’s special. The 224 Valkyrie uses longer and heavier bullets, usually about 90-grains compared to the standard 55 of .223 Remington. That means they carry velocity over longer distance, drop less, and are less affected by wind. In fact, depending on conditions and altitude, the bullet can remain supersonic out to 1,300 yards.
The new Savage MSR-15 Valkyrie sports and 18-inch barrel with a mid-length adjustable gas system tuned for the new cartridge. Both upper and lower receivers are Cerakoted with a nice-looking flat dark earth finish.
Other upgrades include a Hogue pistol grip and Magpul UBR Gen 2 buttstock. The trigger is a two-stage and the rifle ships with a tunable muzzle brake. MSRP: $1,499