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What’s the Deal With 224 Valkyrie?

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In this video we shoot and discuss the 224 Valkyrie, both the good and the bad. We’ve been exposed to the caliber since January 2018 when we started testing 1:7″ barreled rifles with less than stellar, and certainly less than advertised results. We decided to wait it out a bit before putting out a video on the subject and in that time, faster twist barrels became available and so far seems that a 1:6.5″ twist rate is the ticket for the Valkyrie with all bullets weights. There are many that say the 1:7′ twist rate is best for the caliber but so far we and many others have to disagree. Using the Miller Stabilization Formula, all bullet weights have a higher stabilization factor in the faster twist rates.

We did experience some issues with jackets separating from the cores of the 90gr Sierra Matchking factory loads outside of the barrel, an issue that has reared its head recently. We had three jackets separate in this range session likely due to increased muzzle velocity from the heat and the Power Pro 2000-MR powder used in our handloads. We have heard from multiple sources that Sierra is redesigning these particular projectiles and Federal has since notified the shooting public that they are working to correct the apparent issues with the 90gr factory loads.

We do still have load development to do with the 88gr ELD-M projectiles from Hornady and the new 95gr Sierra Matchkings as well as testing a 1:6″ twist rate barrel. We will update the results in the sheet above as new data is collected for those interested in following our progress. Stay tuned, much more on the way.



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13 thoughts on “What’s the Deal With 224 Valkyrie?

  1. Very interesting video start to finish. Hopefully ammo/barrel makers can get on the same page and get the bugs worked out.

  2. Good video. Here’s my take on the valkyrie. An over hyped solution looking for a problem. If you want to shoot an AR, stick to 556. Otherwise shoot a bolt gun with an appropriate bolt gun cartridge. Just my opinion.

  3. Not sure why everyone thinks this is a hot cartridge. The .223rem holds 30grs of H2O…… this thing only holds 33grs of H2O. Not really much of a difference when it comes to barrel wear. The 22-250 holds 47grs of H2O. It’s the twist rate this calibre comes with that makes it so good…. not the case capacity. It’s a shame the hype outweighs the performance. A 22-250AI is super sonic to nearly a mile with the new high BC pills…… with the proper twist barrel.

    1. neckstumping Everything always has trade offs for sure. No problem, glad you enjoyed it. Hoping to get out to 1,300-1,400 yards in the next video, we have a range about two hours away from us so it would definitely be a day trip.

    2. Wow that is actually very impressive from a 33gr capacity. I will be paying more attention to this cartridge now. All the new high BC pills are absolutely awesome these days. The toss up is between fast twist .243 and fast twist .224 at the moment. Both have their respective advantages/disadvantages as usual. Cheers and thanks again for the great video.

    3. neckstumping Aweome. I haven’t pushed the Valkyrie past 800 yards but so far my drop data is spot on, showing supersonic out to 1350 yards at my DA. Pretty stellar performance with a AR mag length cartridge.

    4. The 250 AI holds 51 odd grs of H2O as opposed to the standard 250 at 47grs. Could be a barrel burner….. don’t know. From memory the standard 22-250 is super sonic to 1500 yards with those high BC pills. I’m tossing up on a .224 cal rebarrel right now.

    5. I don’t get it either at this point, just cleaned and examined this barrel after 2k rounds and the throat looks brand new, lol. I’ve been wanting a 22-250 bolt gun for a while, I think you may have just sold me on the AI idea, lol. Wow!

  4. Why OH WHY, does IV8888 give 6.5 Grendel no love???? What gives? You hyped 25-45 Sharps, which we can all agree now is absolute butt. Now you are on the 224V hype train… but no 6.5 Grendel to be found! Shooting long range with a 22 cal is cool and all, but doing so with enough energy to actually drop deer sized game (or 2 legged predators) is even better! Get with it fellas. You are missing out. Your viewers are too!

    1. You’re actually very wrong there. We are sharing real and factual data related to the .224 and calling it exactly as we see it. We aren’t jumping on any band wagon, we are scrutinizing the band wagon, big difference

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