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Those clever Minnesotans at Federal Premium had a simple concept for the 224 Valkyrie: to offer a long distance shooting cartridge with the performance of a 22 Nosler that is compatible with AR-15 platform rifles.
The 224 Valkyrie is essentially a 6.8 SPC case necked down to seat a .22 caliber projectile. Its smaller 75 to 140 grain bullet gives the 224 Valkyrie significantly less recoil than larger modern sporting rifle rounds such as the 6.5 Creedmoor or 308 Win. So long and thin a bullet further offers an inherently high ballistic coefficient, which has succeeded in earning the 224 Valkyrie the reputation as a long distance shooter’s cartridge just as Federal had hoped.
But the 224 Valkyrie isn’t exclusively useful at the rifle range. When equipped with an appropriate hunting bullet it is also suitable for varmints or whitetail, which the round is capable of killing at several hundred yards.
How does 224 Valkyrie Compare?
It's fairly common for shooters to look at the 224 Valk as an upgrade over the .223/5.56. Simply put, you get better downrange ballistics. However, you're also likely going to pay more for ammunition and your rifle to get that better performance. So, it may not be worth it to you depending upon what you do. It's not uncommon for the Valkyrie to give you 20% better energy down range, which can mean bagging game at longer distances and taking down game more humanely. If you'd like to learn more, check out our 224 Valkyrie vs. 5.56 guide with tons of details here.
What About That Name?
And why is the 224 Valkyrie named after a Norse mythological figure? No doubt a nod to Minnesota’s proud Scandinavian heritage!