January 29, 2019
Federal's .224 Valkyrie was designed to fit, feed, and fire in the popular AR-15 platform. Demonstrating a solid commitment to a successful debut of the new cartridge, Federal introduced four different factory loads with the Nosler 60-grain Ballistic Tip, American Eagle 75-grain TMJ, Fusion 90-grain SoftPoint, and Sierra 90-grain MatchKing. Those loads have factory-rated muzzle velocities of 3,300 fps, 3,000 fps, 2,700 fps, and 2,700 fps respectively.
I set about acquiring an AR-style and a bolt-action rifle chambered for the new cartridge so that I could work up some handloads. For more about the new round, see Steve Gash’s full-length review beginning on page 56 of this...
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