Hornady Unveils 224 Valkyrie Ammunition

Hornady is now making 224 Valkyrie.

I’ve said it before, but 224 Valkyrie is the greatest AR development since the free float handguard, at least in my opinion.

Since it’s initial release just a few months ago, it has taken the small frame AR world by storm. I was absolutely stunned when I was able to put lead on steel at a full mile with Federal’s Valkyrie offering.

But just because I like it doesn’t mean everyone else will.  As we all know, the road for a new caliber to acceptance is littered with the shattered bones of many that fell along the way.

The fact that Hornady is now throwing their hat into the Valkyrie ring is a great sign for the cartridge.  Hornady told me at NRAAM that their 88-grain version will hit store shelves in June.  I have never seen Hornady jump on a new caliber faster, which also speaks volumes about its potential for it to become a mainstay.

The skinny on the deets.

SEE ALSO: Flight of the Valkyrie: .224 Puts Rounds On Steel at 1 Mile — Review

Pre-order today.  Trust me, this is going to go fast.

Hornady has been crushing it in recent years with accuracy and consistency, across the board. The 224 will be from the ELD-Match family to start with and I bet we see offerings in Black and ELD-X in the future.

The 88-grain projectile has an advertised ballistic coefficient of .545 G1/ .274 G7 and an advertised velocity of 2700 fps. This is going to be a winner.  I recommend you pre-order some today.  This stuff is going to sell faster than they can make it.

For more information visit: Hornady.com.  Get your AR some revolutionary feed.

About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Charles Dangerfield May 29, 2018, 2:33 pm

    Keith, that is a very good idea. You can do exactly what you want to do in life. I served in the Army to defend everyone’s right to freedom. If you don’t like something, you have the absolute right to not buy it and go for one of those other calibers. I have AR’s in 5.56, 6.8, 7.62×39 .300 Blackout and am in the process of building my .224 Valkyrie. Do I need another AR? No. Do I need another long range rifle in addition to my .308, 6.5 Creedmoor, .338 Lapua and .50BMG? No. I just think that it is cool to be able to engage targets out past 1,000 yards with less. (Think landing a 6’ sailfish on 16lb test line vs 100lb test). I for one think it will be a fun caliber to play with and plan to develop a handload for it to maximize the potential of the caliber.

    If you don’t think it is a caliber for you, then you are absolutely correct. That is why they make Ford, Dodge and Chevy. Different strokes for different folks. The main thing is that you are responsibly enjoying your second amendment (and all other) rights and not impugning others choices based on what you like, remember – it is a free country and you can spend your money and time on what you want.

  • Keith May 10, 2018, 10:48 pm

    A new rifle caliber that looks almost like 5.56 x 45. I would take the 6.5 x 39 Grendel or .300 AAC Blackout or 6.8 x 43 Special Purpose Cartridge over this.

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