This new cartridge from Federal is designed for speed at long range. All things considered, the differences between these cartridges are very small and, while there are real differences between the .223 Remington, .224 Valkyrie, and .22 Nosler, it’s almost all at the margins. So, while the 22 Nosler could shoot those bullets 200-300 fps faster than the .223 (which isn’t nothing), that was basically the extent of the performance improvements of the 22 Nosler vs the 223 Remington at first. Don’t underestimate the impact that recoil has on the ability of a person to shoot accurately either. Before we get started, I have an administrative note: Some of the links below are affiliate links. Many hunters likely don’t know much about the .224 Valkyrie. at 100 yds., 1002 ft. lbs. Even so, I’m not sure that is a big enough reason for most hunters to transition over to the .224 Valkyrie on its own. At this point, American Eagle, Federal, and Hornady are the main sources of .224 Valkyrie factory ammo. Drop is 733 inches and windage is 173.47 inches. Additionally, since the cartridge was made from 6.8 SPC brass, it has a larger case diameter than the .223 Remington, which necessitates the use of a larger bolt face than the other two cartridges. The 22 Nosler is a proprietary cartridge, so there’s a limited selection of both loaded ammunition and even brass for reloading. Trajectory: +/- 1.5" MPBR = 235 yards (far zero at 204 yards). The cartridge has an extremely mild recoil and is capable of excellent accuracy. at 100 yds., 1890 ft. lbs. This is a big plus in favor of the 22 Nosler and .224 Valkyrie since they do offer improved performance compared to the .223 Remington with very little additional recoil. The table below compares 55gr Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint (.266 BC) and 62gr Federal Fusion Soft Point (.310 BC) loads in .223 Remington, 60gr Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint (.270 BC) and 90gr Federal Fusion Soft Point (.424 BC) loads in .224 Valkyrie, and 55gr Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint (.266 BC) and 70gr Nosler AccuBond (.370 BC) loads in 22 Nosler. Energy: 1639 ft. lbs. Trajectory: +/- 3" MPBR = 284 yards (far zero at 242 yards). Here are some basic facts and relevant comparisons. While performance at extreme long range is less important for hunters than for target shooters, the .224 Valkyrie is still a noteworthy choice for big game hunters in particular because it can effectively use 90 grain bullets. Most .224 Valkyrie rifles have a fast 1:7″ rifling twist rate. Since it is pretty new, many companies are still in the stages of development. This is primarily due to the fact that it has a larger case capacity and is also capable of shooting the same weight bullet 200-300 fps faster than the .223 Remington. The Big Game Hunting Blog is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.au, and other Amazon stores worldwide. Here are five of the most popular systems currently available for the 224 Valkyrie. The .224 Valkyrie also offers a sizable improvement in performance over the .223 Remington, especially for very long range shooting. Trajectory: +/- 3" MPBR = 246 yards (far zero at 209 yards). I currently use a 223 A.I. Federal also really helped out their marketing and promotional efforts with their name choice for the cartridge. However, they set out from the very beginning to build a cartridge that was also capable of using longer, heavier, and more aerodynamic bullets. These high velocity, rapidly expanding bullets aren’t really suitable for big game hunting, but they’re absolutely devastating on varmints and predators. That’s how the 224 Valkyrie compares to the .223 Remington in a nutshell. What is the difference between 20 practical and 204ruger besides case length. Trajectory: +/- 3" MPBR = 267 yards (far zero at 227 yards). I do not know enough about the intricacies of PRS shooting to judge how valid is the argument for the .224 Valkyrie. The Valkyrie takes standard .224-inch diameter bullets … The three cartridges have several things in common. There’s not much that I can say about the Barnes TSX that hasn’t already been said and this copper hollow point bullet is well known as one of the best choices around for big game hunting. Chuck Hawks (here), the American Rifleman (here), and Nosler (here) provided the case capacity for each cartridge. For instance, in addition to manufacturing their Gold Medal line of ammunition featuring the aforementioned 90 grain Sierra MatchKing bullet, Federal Premium also offers a load in their Fusion MSR line loaded with a 90 grain Fusion Soft Point bullet. It’s possible to find FMJ or TMJ ammo for the other two cartridges that’s not as expensive as the premium stuff, but it will still probably cost about twice as much as similar quality ammo for the .223 Remington. Trajectory: +/- 3" MPBR = 289 yards (far zero at 246 yards). It is just barely adequate for hunting deer at 100 yards. Energy: 2660 ft. lbs. In addition to manufacturing ammo suitable for long range shooting, Federal also opted to manufacture a line of ammunition for that cartridge suitable for big game hunting that still functions well in a modern sporting rifle. The Ruger is a much more known quantity. They’re followed by the .204 Ruger and the .220 Swift. How Accurate is the .224 Valkyrie? Velocity: 2700 fps MV, 2503 fps at 200 yds., 2314 fps at 200 yds., 2133 fps at 300 yds. Velocity: 2450 fps MV, 2283 fps at 100 yds., 2125 fps at 200 yds., 1974 fps at 300 yds. [Re: Slowflyte] varminter .223 Die Hard Member III Registered: 03/01/10 Posts: 2715 Loc: south central Illinois 22 Nosler has advantage over the valkyrie out too 300 imo. Shoot low Sheriff, they're riding shetlands. It is based on the 6.8mm SPC case necked-down to accept .224" diameter bullets and claimed to outperform the .223 Remington, .22 Nosler and 6.5mm Grendel. ME, 1668 ft. lbs at 100 yds., 1419 ft. lbs. The .224 Valkyrie If you want to get hits at stupid long range with an AR-15, the .224 Valkyrie is the way to go. To top it all off, the cartridge does all of those things while generating very little recoil. The chart below compares how much a 10 mile per hour crosswind impacts those same loads for each cartridge out to 500 yards. at 200 yds., 1064 ft. lbs. Since this article is focused on the performance of these cartridges for hunting, I didn’t include any ballistic data past 500 yards in the table above. It was unveiled at the 2018 SHOT Show, with much fanfare. at 100 yds, 892 ft. lbs. ME, 1144 ft. lbs. There are several caliber options including .204 Ruger, .22-250, .223, and the versatile new 6mm Creedmoor as well as magazine options that increase capacities up to 10 rounds. Federal's new .224 Valkyrie is based on the 6.8 SPC so it fits in standard AR-15 lower receivers. These loads also offer a modest improvement in performance over the .223 Remington for predator and varmint hunting. .224 Valkyrie - Federal factory load using 60 grain Nosler BT; BC .270, SD .171, .22-250 Rem. Thanks for your support. This is primarily due to the fact that the cartridge was specifically designed to use very heavy, long, and aerodynamic bullets. If you handload the 20 practical or 20 tactical. I’ll also provide some information on how it stacks up next to the .223 Remington and 22 Nosler cartridges so you can decide if it fits your needs as a hunter. The .224 Valkyrie buried itself, it doesn't need help from Hornady. That being said, most .223 Remington loads top out at 77 grains. at 200 yds., 688 ft. lbs. There is a little bit more difference when talking about the heavier bullets though. The .224 Valkyrie may have some utility for PRS match shooting, but it is not a world beater as a varmint cartridge and it sucks as a deer and pronghorn hunting cartridge, even from a 24" test barrel. Most importantly though, the cartridge was specifically designed around a 90 grain Sierra MatchKing bullet (SMK) from the start. Though the .223 Remington and 22 Nosler both have a .378″ rim diameter, the .223 Remington is a rimless case while the 22 Nosler has a rebated rim. Take two identical rifles—one in .224 Valkyrie, the other in .223 Remington—along with identical ammo, and pit them against each other. Neither the 22 Nosler nor the 224 Valkyrie is really rare, but they can’t hold a candle to the .223 Remington in that regard though. “The 224 Valkyrie is based on a 30 Rem./6.8 SPC case necked down to .224 caliber. The cartridge also has a relatively long neck, which is also an asset when using those long, streamlined bullets. This is especially true when it comes to low cost ammo for practicing and plinking. The Valkyrie cartridge has about 11% more energy at the muzzle and about 24% more energy remaining at 500 yards than the 22 Nosler. All things considered, the .223 Remington is a darn good cartridge itself and it’s a whole lot easier to get good quality, reasonably priced rifles and ammo for. Though it’s certainly possible to find rifles chambered in .223 Remington/5.56 NATO that have a 1:7″ twist barrel (I even own one), that cartridge is simply not built in a manner that results in optimal performance with bullets heavier than 80 grains. The .224 Valkyrie is a very well designed cartridge that offers marginal advantages over similar cartridges like the .223 Remington and .22 Nosler. Based on brass availability I would go Ruger. Ideally, ratios of 1:6.5, 1:7, or even 1:8 will be suitable for .224 Valkyrie … Regardless of how well a given person handles recoil, all other things being equal, they will absolutely shoot better with a milder recoil, which is very similar for all three cartridges. To quote the Vista Outdoors Press Release, "it offers comparable performance to larger rounds like the 6.5mm Creedmoor, with roughly half the felt recoil and at a more economical price.". John Snow’s article for Outdoor Life was used as a reference for the history of the 224 Valkyrie. The MMR Pro comes with one 28-round magazine. Energy: 1451 ft. lbs. Since the cartridge uses a completely new case, it’s not even possible to form .22 Nosler brass from a different cartridge case. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to create free content that’s useful to hunters like yourself. Once again, the comparison velocities are easily attainable with several powders. Engineered for rapid expansion at a wide range of impact velocities, this ammo uses bullets with a lead core chemically fused to the jacket to minimize the chances of core-jacket separation. The Valkyrie sits between the .223 and the very fast .22-250, side-by-side with the .22 Nosler, which are two different takes on the same concept. In addition, Hornady also offers an 88-grain Valkyrie ELD Match load. Maximum pressure obtained from SAAMI (p26 for the .223, here for the 224 Valkyrie, and here for the 22 Nosler). - Nosler reloading data using 60 grain Nosler BT; BC .270, SD .171. U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)-Your AR-15 is a ton of fun at close range. Complete Upper … While the 224 Valkyrie was designed primarily to offer improved performance at long range for shooters who want to use a .22 caliber cartridge in an AR-15, it does offer advantages to hunters as well. 224 Valkyrie-69 grain Blitzking 243 Winchester-70 grain Blitzking. at 300 yds. Look for barrels with a twist ratio of 1:7. Like the 90gr Fusion load, this is also great .224 Valkyrie ammo for deer hunting. at 300 yds. This data is for Nosler Trophy Grade, Nosler Varmint, Federal Fusion MSR, and Federal V-Shok factory ammo using a 200 yard zero. Copyright 2018 by Gary Zinn and/or chuckhawks.com. The .224 Valkyrie would generally be inadequate for deer and pronghorn antelope beyond 100 yards and inadequate for larger or tougher Class 2 game at any range. I used the Hornady Ballistic calculator and Shooters Calculator to compare wind drift, the range each bullet goes subsonic, and recoil for the cartridges. Finally, all three have the same maximum overall length of 2.26″, which means they’ll fit in an AR-15. The .224 Valkyrie would generally be inadequate for deer and pronghorn antelope beyond 100 yards and inadequate for larger or tougher Class 2 game at any range. Consistently ranking among the Top 5 or Top 10 best selling rifle cartridges in the United States each year, the .223 Remington is by far the most popular of the group. at 300 yds. Whether hunters want a plain old 5.56/.223, 7.62 /.308, or prefer to step-up to something newer and more exciting like 6.5 Creedmoor or .224 Valkyrie, … The 224 Valkyrie is capable of shooting heavier and more aerodynamic bullets than the 223 Remington. 1000 Yards: .224 Valkyrie Vs. 6.5 Creedmoor The .204 Ruger is the most pleasant of these three cartridges to shoot and the most pleasant cartridge included in this article. ME, 1252 ft. lbs. Now if you’re into long range shooting and you want to also use that cartridge for a little hunting on the side, then the .224 Valkyrie makes a whole lot more sense. I push the 80gr ELD-M at 3050 fps with 25.5gr of Varget. Brass is formed from .223 Rem brass so it's dirt cheap and it works flawlessly on an AR. Energy: 1457 ft. lbs. The .224 Valkyrie is also a great varmint and predator hunting cartridge. Same deal with a 100 yard zero and 10 mph full value wind. However, as we drill down into the details of their similarities and differences though, several factors emerge that are important to keep in mind. Any one of those 20's will keep up with the 22-250 and will do it burning less powder and recoil. In that same vein, those rifles also typically have a relatively fast rifling twist in order to ensure that they’ll accurately shoot heavier bullets with a high ballistic coefficient. The .22 Nosler offers a noticeable improvement in ballistics when compared to the .223 Remington. This is especially important when we throw the 22 Nosler into the mix as well. Nosler rolled out their proprietary 22 Nosler cartridge back in 2017 in an effort to improve upon the performance of the old .223 Remington cartridge, especially at extended range. If those traits are important to you, then by all means make the switch. As you can probably imagine, there’s been a bunch of buzz around the 224 Valkyrie cartridge from the very start and it does offer some pretty good benefits to hunters and shooters. Note that all 10 of the powders listed for the .22-250 in the Nosler Reloading Guide can drive a 60 grain Ballistic Tip bullet to at least 3500 fps MV and eight of the 10 can exceed this velocity by up to 112 fps. The 224 Valkyrie uses a modified 6.8 Remington SPC case (which is itself a modified .30 Remington case) necked down to .22 caliber. Interest in long range precision shooting has seen a tremendous amount of growth in the past few years. Yes, the .224 Valkyrie shoots a tiny bit flatter, drifts a little less in a crosswind, and hits a little harder, but it’s not a dramatic difference between them. Make sure you follow The Big Game Hunting Blog on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. (The minimum KPS is 12.5 for deer-sized game.). Is the shoulder the same angle? ME, 2243 ft. lbs. Velocity: 3500 fps MV, 3112 fps at 100 yds., 2758 fps at 200 yds., 2431 fps at 300 yds. All that being said, I’m not advocating shooting any big game animal at 500 yards with either cartridge. There are currently only a few options for loaded rifle ammunition, but that list is slowly growing and there are a few pretty good options for both big game and varmint hunting. Valkyries are female figures in Norse mythology that choose who will die in battle and then take their chosen ones to the Valhalla. Having both and others to push away my thoughts are that a 20 Practical will run neck and neck with the 204 in any barrel length and a top end 556 will run so close to the Nosler as to be indistinguishable down range in a shorter more portable package. While all three cartridges are known for their exceptional accuracy (sub-MOA in the right hands), the 224 Valkyrie cartridge in particular is better suited to use high BC and high SD, heavy for caliber match grade hunting bullets than the .223 Remington because of the aforementioned differences in cartridge design and faster rifling twist in rifles chambered for that cartridge. On the other hand, 90 grain bullets are very common for the 224 Valkyrie and have been available from the beginning. Enjoy this article about the 224 Valkyrie? If you're shooting light bullets go 204 ruger unless you handload. The barrel twist is a ratio associated with the overall accuracy of the rifle. at 200 yds., 776 ft. lbs. Therefore, the 224 Valkyrie has a flatter trajectory, less wind drift, and more retained energy than the 223 Remington at long range when using very high BC 90 grain bullets. Loaded with a 60 grain V-Max bullet at 3,300 feet per second, this is a very accurate and extremely flat shooting varmint hunting load at all practical ranges. Additionally, all three have the same SAAMI maximum pressure of 55,000. .224 Valkyrie vs. 6.5 Grendel: The Ultimate Battle of 1,000 Yard AR-15s. at 200 yds., 909 ft. lbs. Really long range. The .223 Remington load has about 10% more bullet drop than the 22 Nosler at 500 yards and the 224 Valkyrie load has about 30 ft-lbs (about 7%) more kinetic energy than the 22 Nosler. 1:8″ and even 1:9″ twist rates are fairly common with the .223 Remington. So where do we stand overall with the .223 Remington, 224 Valkyrie, and 22 Nosler? During PRS competitions, shooters must quickly engage targets at a variety of ranges out past 1,000 yards. Its claim to fame is heavy for caliber bullets staying supersonic out to extended ranges. And, deer- and hog-capable factory loads are available. Complete Upper Halves. .224 Valkyrie - Federal Fusion 90 grain factory load; BC .450, SD .256, .243 Winchester - Speer reloading data using 105 grain Spitzer SP; BC .424, SD .254, .25-06 Remington - Hornady reloading data using 117 grain Hornady SST; BC .390, SD .259, 6.5mm Grendel - Hornady reloading data using 123 grain Hornady SST; BC .510, SD .252, 6.5mm Creedmoor - Hornady reloading data using 123 grain Hornady SST; BC .510, SD .252, As these comparisons clearly show, like all .22 caliber cartridges the .224 Valkyrie is a very poor choice for hunting Class 2 game. If that sounds like what you want, then strongly consider using this ammunition for coyote, bobcat, and prairie dog hunting. 224 Valkyrie is a One Trick Pony for shooters trying to max their AR15's performance at 1000 yards by using heaviest bullet that will fit inside the magazine. at 200 yds., 1533 ft. lbs. Loaded with a 60 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint bullet at a blazing 3,300fps, this load is great for hunters who want a really fast expanding bullet that rapidly delivers a tremendous amount of energy to game. If you wanted to use a .22 caliber AR-15 for deer hunting, I’d recommend going with the .224 Valkyrie and using either that 90 grain Federal Fusion load or the load below featuring a 78 grain Barnes TSX. The data used to compare the trajectory of the cartridges was obtained from Nosler (here and here) and Federal (here, here, here, and here). A mild recoil also facilitates with spotting misses and taking a rapid follow up shot both at the range and afield. At the same time, if you’re the type of person who wants to wring out all the performance you can from a certain caliber, then by all means get a .224 Valkyrie. The .223 Remington has a 23 degree shoulder while the .224 Valkyrie and 22 Nosler both have a steeper 30 degree shoulder. This gives it similar geometry to the 22 Nosler — although the Valkyrie’s ingenious blend of case capacity and ample ogive space, coupled with a highly efficient, heavy-for-caliber .224 projectile, produces downrange exploits the 22 Nosler can’t touch.” It is the ultimate for coyotes thus far in factory offerings in the AR 15 platform. Learn More.224 Valkyrie Uppers. Indeed, Federal advertises that load as being supersonic out past 1,300 yards and touts the cartridge as an excellent option for engaging targets in excess of 1,000 yards. The 224 Valkyrie is a lighter bullet, and it is slowly but surely making a name for itself not only as an effective varmint round, but also as one meant for medium game. .22 Nosler ammunition and rifles are not as easy to find or a reasonably priced as .223 Remington ammo though. Velocity: 3300 fps MV, 2930 fps at 100 yds., 2589 fps at 200 yds, 2273 fps at 300 yds. It’s probably one of the top 5 most popular centerfire rifle cartridges in the United States, so there is an incredible variety of ammo and rifles to choose from. Velocity: 2900 fps MV, 2712 fps at 100 yds., 2537 fps at 200 yds., 2369 fps at 300 yds. The .22-250 shoots flatter and is more powerful than the .224, shooting identical bullets. “The .204 Ruger is a centerfire rifle cartridge developed by Hornady and Ruger. This is another outstanding choice for hog or deer hunting with the 224 Valkyrie. From rifles with equal-length barrels, the .22 Nosler’s 85-grain beats the velocity of the .224 Valkyrie’s 90-grain by 50 fps—2,750 fps versus 2,700 fps respectively. Well, Federal decided to build another cartridge with a similar goal as the 22 Nosler. That’s really the biggest factor that sets the .224 Valkyrie apart from the other two cartridges: the .224 Valkyrie was designed from the beginning to use the longest and heaviest bullets possible without sacrificing case capacity and while still functioning in semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 as well as bolt action rifles. 22-250 vs 224 vs 204 Ruger vs 220 Swift: Clash Of the Speed Demons. Energy: 1632 ft. lbs. Not surprisingly, the big ammunition and rifle manufacturers have developed a number of new products in order to satisfy this emerging new market desiring long range precision capabilities in an AR-15 platform. Who built the cages, Joe? Learn More.350 Legend Uppers. The competition is timed, so first round hits are ideal, but there’s more to performing well at these competitions than just shooting small shot groups. Next, let's compare the .224 Valkyrie factory load for deer and other Class 2 game to four larger caliber cartridges, using bullets with sectional densities very close to that of the 90 grain .224 bullet. That said, the .223 Remington has the most arching trajectory, retains the least energy as it travels downrange, and has the least resistance to wind resistance out of the group. For that reason, most rifles chambered in .224 Valkyrie have a pretty fast 1:7″ rifling twist rate. Ruger’s Power Bedding system helps produce excellent accuracy and the three-lug bolt design allows for a short bolt lift for rapid cycling and fewer mashed knuckles. The Nosler cartridge has a greater case capacity than the .223 Remington and therefore offered a substantial increase in performance compared to the older Remington cartridge while still functioning reliably in a standard AR-15 style rifle. Like the .223 Remington, the .224 Valkyrie is also a really good varmint cartridge. ME, 1424 ft. lbs. at 200 yds., 1200 ft. lbs. Please share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. The 224 Valkyrie is based on the 6.8 SPC case and retains the same rim diameter. SPC cartridge and so is too large to fit in a 5.56mm magazine, but 6.8 mags work just fine. 224 Valkyrie vs 223. On the other hand, while the 22 Nosler still has the flattest trajectory of the bunch with the heavier big game load, the .224 Valkyrie has an even bigger advantage in retained energy. Trajectory: +/- 3" MPBR = 307 yards (far zero at 262 yards). at 100 yds., 1070 ft. lbs. Here’s what all the ballistic data means for shooters. With a case shape inspired by the 6.5 Creedmoor, the .224 Valkyrie is one of the newest AR-15 cartridges. Could you take 204 dies and trim them down and use then to load with? ME, 2009 ft. lbs. The .22-250 Remington is the next most common. The 204 Ruger was developed from the .222 Remington Magnum, which has the second largest case capacity in the family that began with the .222 Remington. The company now manufactures 22 Nosler ammo using their extremely aerodynamic 85 grain Reduced Drag Factor (RDF) bullet. If it sounds like I’m splitting hairs here, it’s because I am. The CZ 527 Varmint rifle chambered in .204 Ruger is a reliable, accurate bolt-action rifle that works well on the range or in the field hunting predators. As far as ammunition and rifle availability go, the .223 Remington wins hands down. At the same time, the popularity of AR-15 style rifles has dramatically increased among American hunters and shooters as well. with a 27" 1-7 twist barrel. The same can be said about varmint hunting with the .204 Ruger or the .22-250 Rem. Trajectory: +/- 1.5" MPBR = 249 yards (far zero at 216 yards). Note: This article is mirrored on the Rifle Cartridge Comparisons index page. Compared to other cartridges commonly used in AR-15 style rifles, those long, sleek Sierra MatchKing bullets retain energy exceptionally well, are very resistant to wind drift, and have a very flat trajectory at long range. at 200 yds., 1585 ft. lbs. Even so, initial 22 Nosler offerings used bullets that topped out around the 77 grain mark, which is also about as heavy as you’ll commonly find bullets used in .223 Remington factory ammo. Even so, the 224 Valkyrie has received a lot of coverage in the media and is extremely popular in some circles. Federal Premium, which developed the cartridge, is already offering factory loaded ammunition with 60 grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint and 90 grain Fusion bonded soft point hunting bullets. Basically every sporting goods store will have a good selection of reasonably priced .223 Remington ammo and rifles. On the other hand, the .224 Valkyrie and .22 Nosler generally offer better ammunition options for big game hunting than the .223 Remington. 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So, if the 90 grain Federal Fusion ammo isn’t really your cup of tea and you prefer something with even more controlled expansion and higher weight retention, or if you need to use lead free ammo, then this ammo loaded with their 78gr TSX bullet is perfect for you. Both of these developments have eaten into the edge previously enjoyed by the .224 Valkyrie. 224 Valkyrie: Breaking Down the Numbers . All rights reserved. Nor is the .22-250 the highest performance .22 caliber varmint cartridge. The .224 Valkyrie Compared as a Hunting Cartridge, The .224 Valkyrie cartridge, loaded with 90 grain Sierra MatchKing bullets, is being touted as equal to or better than the 6.5 Creedmoor for long range match shooting (Precision Rifle Series). Nosler has also recently expanded their line of .22 Nosler ammunition to include a good big game option with the 70 grain AccuBond as well as an improved long range shooting option with the 85 gain RDF. I do not know much On the other hand, the .224 Valkyrie has a shorter case length than the .223 Remington and 22 Nosler, which helps explain why the .224 Valkyrie can shoot longer bullets than the other two, but still has the same maximum overall length. The ability to make rapid follow up shots and quickly correct for misses is also extremely important, especially in windy conditions. One of the biggest strengths of the .224 Valkyrie is the ability of the cartridge to effectively use 90 grain bullets and still function reliably in an AR platform. While it does provide undeniable advantages in certain areas (like extreme long range shooting), the small benefits it offers over more established calibers like the .223 Remington probably aren’t significant enough to justify making the switch for most hunters. Watching Frank make hits at a mile and at 2112 yards really got me thinking about this neat little round. Complete Upper Halves. Short barrels will hobble both. Finally, though the .22 Nosler and .224 Valkyrie will work with a standard AR-15 style rifle, they require the use of 6.8 SPC magazines. Learn More.450 Bushmaster Uppers. Hi Everyone, I'm interested in building 224 Valkyrie bolt gun. Fortunately, there are also plenty of other good 6mm hunting bullets that will work very well in the 6mm Creedmoor. There’s virtually no difference in wind drift between the lighter varmint bullets in the three cartridges: just .2″ of separation between the .224 Valkyrie and the 22 Nosler and 1.6″ between the .223 Remington and 22 Nosler at 500 yards. The designers at Nosler were largely successful in achieving their goals. All of these cartridges have an extremely mild recoil that most shooters and hunters should be able to handle. at 300 yds. The .223 Remington is an extremely common cartridge and hunters who want to use it have abundant supplies of quality rifles (both semi-autos and bolt guns) and ammunition. 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