With the much anticipated announcement coming earlier this week from Federal Premium about it’s brand new, high velocity cartridge, today Savage Arms has announced a new rifle chambered for the 224 Valkyrie.

Simply named the Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie, the semi-auto AR-platform rifle is designed to wring the maximum performance from the hot new cartridge, which is, in turn, designed to offer the best ballistic performance possible from an AR-platform rifle.

“Together, rifle and cartridge take the popular MSR 15 platform to unheard of heights in long-range precision and ballistic performance,” the gunmaker said in a release. “Savage will showcase the new 224 Valkyrie MSR at the 2018 SHOT Show January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.”

A left-side profile of the Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie, expected to hit stores in January.
A left-side profile of the Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie, expected to hit stores in January.mfg photo

The new rifle is based on the company's MSR 15 Recon and was built around the 224 Valkyrie.

What makes the Valkyrie a perfect fit for the MSR line? It delivers extremely flat trajectories and match-grade accuracy thanks to its blistering speed: Federal says the Valkyrie maintains supersonic velocities at distances of 1,300 yards.

Additionally, it produces about half the recoil of larger short-action cartridges, like the 6.5 Creedmoor, that can attain comparable trajectories—which means it is ideal for lightweight, quick-firing rifles like the MSR.

The other side of the Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie.
The other side of the Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie.mfg photo

The MSR 15 Valkyrie is competition-ready out of the box and includes an upgraded 18-inch barrel with 5R rifling and a two-stage trigger.

The adjustable mid-length gas system can be tuned to specific loads for the most reliable cycling possible and the rifle is finished with an Elite Series Cerakoting to protect the upper and lower.

The 224 Valkyrie promises to be a game-changer, potentially making the AR platform a true long-range contender, and the MSR 15 Valkyrie with its features and price point, will no doubt make for a great way for shooters to get started with the new cartridge—especially since those who already own an AR can simply by a new upper in 224 Valkyrie, once they become available.

The upper and lower come protected by a Elite Series Cerakote finish.
The upper and lower come protected by a Elite Series Cerakote finish.mfg photo

Savage says the rifle will most likely hit gun shops in late January, while 224 Valkyrie ammo will get to retailers a bit sooner.

“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.”

The public will get the full technical specs on the Valkyrie once it has been approved by the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) for standardization, which is expected in January at SHOT Show.

Federal says, at that time, information such as chamber specifications and cartridge pressure standards, proof pressure range, and barrel length/twist recommendations will be released along with cartridge and chamber drawings.

The Valkyrie will be debuted 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—an assortment that will provide options for long-range shooters, target shooters, and hunters going for anything from small game to deer and similar sized animals.

The 224 Valkyrie round is expected to be approved by SAAMI by the 2018 SHOT Show in January.
The 224 Valkyrie round is expected to be approved by SAAMI by the 2018 SHOT Show in January.mfg photo

Here at Range365, we'll be testing the Valkyrie in the next couple of weeks using a precision bolt gun to see how much we can get out of the new round, and we will conduct a full range test on the Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie as soon as we get our hands on one.

Federal says, while the 224 Valkyrie was designed primarily for gas-driven AR-platform actions, it’s also “extremely effective from bolt guns.”

We shall see…

Savage MSR 15 Valkyrie Specs
Chambering: 224 Valkyrie
Action: Semi-auto with mid-length adjustable gas block
Barrel: 18-Inch Length, 5R rifling
Trigger: Two-Stage
Grip: Hogue pistol grip
Muzzle: Muzzle brake with 1/2x28, Class 3 barrel thread
Stock: UBR Gen 2 buttstock
MSRP: $1,499