Savage Arm’s recent MSR-15 rifle is now featuring a new cartridge, the .224 Valkyrie. The .224 Valkyrie is an up and coming new cartridge from Federal Premium Ammunition designed to work in the common AR-15 platform while providing an AR-10 performance. The .224 Valkyrie stays supersonic out to 1,300 yards and features significantly less drop than comparable cartridges like the .223/5.56, .22 Nosler, and 6.5 Grendel – all while fitting inside of a standard AR-15.
Many manufacturers are jumping headlong into the .224 Valkyrie bandwagon, and Savage Arms is no exception with their MSR-15 rifle line.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this many firearm manufacturers this excited about a new cartridge. You can really hear the excitement from Patrick, the rep for Savage Arms.
With an MSRP of $1,500, the Savage Arms MSR-15 will outperform higher priced AR-15s in the standard .223/5.56.
Why is the .224 so exciting?
The .223/5.56 is the current king of the AR-15, mainly because it is in such common use and it is used by the US Military. The .224 Valkyrie outperforms it in every way. By pushing a heavier cartridge at these speeds, the .224 Valkyrie has significantly less drop at greater ranges. This means shooters have less drop to worry about making for easier and more accurate shooting at unknown distance engagements. The heavier bullet also results in less wind drift. Finally, the minimal recoil allows shooters to engage targets faster and spot their own long distance shots.
All of this is made possible out of an AR-15 rifle – no need to step up to the larger, heavier, more expensive AR-10 rifle.
More about the .224 Valkyrie
The MSR 15 has never offered practical 1,000-yard performance. That’s all changed thanks to the heavier bullets and extremely high ballistic coefficients of new 224 Valkyrie. Loaded with the 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing, the cartridge offers as much as 127.88 inches less drop and 68.76 inches less wind drift at 1,000 yards when compared to existing MSR 15 cartridges.