Going Scientific On 224 Valkyrie

224 Valkyrie Ladder Test 90gr SMK 100 Yards

Again I know many of you are asking why is this guy even fooling with 224 Valkyrie many years after so many experts have validated it is not a 1MOA cartridge as promised with heavy freedom pills. I simply wanted to see if it were really as BAD as everyone has claimed. I just needed to see for myself. One might say I really believe in the use case for the Valkyrie, AR15 platform, Magazine fed, heavy freedom pills at long distance. Which is initially why I started this testing with COAL’s of 2.300, it is the longest of which my magazine will accept. As many have stated if I had to single feed them why not 223 considering I have had great success with 223 and 80grSMK at distance but I digress.

So in the name of science or more like in the name of thick bull headed show me guy I will continue on with this test. The next round of testing is really focused on gathering chronograph data, which should lead to tuning of overall length. At least that’s process I plan to use that would work best.


Data Used and Captured

This data is not intended to replace the appropriate reloading manuals data and should not be used without verifying and double checking the loads between two different official published reference points — IE reloading manuals. If you elect to utilize any of this data it is at your own risk. REMEMBER this is all testing for my specific rifle.

Starline Brass once fired trimmed to 1.583

Sierra 90gr SMK

Reloader 15 — 22.6-24.4grains

Federal Small Rifle Gold Medal Match Primer

Cartridge Overall Length — 2.300

Redding Black and Gold Premium Dies

No Crimp



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