.224 Valkyrie

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.224 Valkyrie

Post by Rich Jordan » Sat Feb 17, 2018 4:22 am

LaRue Tactical's BuildAR program just presented me the option of (oh God) branching out into a new caliber, .224 Valkyrie. 6.8SPC case necked down to .224, works in an AR15 platform with a different bolt, barrel, and magazine. LaRue is selling a 20" barrel and bolt for $249. Not sure about the gas block and tube, but no magazine included.

I need to buy one to stay on the list (and I want to stay on the list). I'm not ecstatic about 'another caliber', especially a sparkly new one, but it is an interesting one from all I've read (supersonic to 1300 yards out of an AR15 platform). I currently don't have access to a range past 200 yards without a multi-hour drive, though I may have found a club that has 600 yards about 80 minutes away; checking on them soon.

Thoughts on the caliber?

Worst case I can sell them. I've got a spare upper/lower right now and spares of parts except a hand guard/rail, so buy a couple of magazines and start (oh God...) locating and buying ammo for it... sigh...

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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by Precision » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:55 pm

The main reason I haven't bought one is it is a paper puncher. Carried energy is poor beyond normal ranges, but considering it is a 223 I guess that is to be expected.

Looks like a fun range toy and I may end up with one, but...
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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by Steamforger » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:49 pm

I need to buy one to stay on the list (and I want to stay on the list).
Buy and sell.

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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by Netpackrat » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:28 pm

A more normal problem is getting off companies' fucking mailing lists once you have bought something from them.
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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by Rich Jordan » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:44 pm

Precision wrote:The main reason I haven't bought one is it is a paper puncher. Carried energy is poor beyond normal ranges, but considering it is a 223 I guess that is to be expected.

Looks like a fun range toy and I may end up with one, but...
My eyes aren't going to make 600+ yard tiny groups a readily achievable goal, even with a high end rifle and optics. The heavy barrel AR and the someday 7.62x51 should be able to do 600 yards duty. And 6.8 mags aren't cheap either.

So I'll buy just the one set and resell it as Steamforger recommended.

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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by Rich Jordan » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:55 pm

Netpackrat wrote:A more normal problem is getting off companies' fucking mailing lists once you have bought something from them.
I'm happy to be on LaRue's lists. The BuildAR is a special list; LaRue offers a deal every quarter, $399 or less, usually for a lot more than that in value. Two quarters the deal was $399 for a $600 gift card, with the restriction that it was only usable on LaRue made parts (so you can't use them towards a Nightforce scope, f.ex). It started in early 2016 and put out the parts to build a pretty premium AR in 5.56 (mine) or .300 Blackout for an overall very good price.

If you skip a quarter and don't buy the deal, you are off the list. When the number of people on the list drops to a certain level (not as yet defined) the list will be discontinued.

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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by HTRN » Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:25 pm

Why in the blue fuck did they make it .224? Now, 6mm would be interesting as a long range cartridge...

Hhhhheeeeeeyyyy, waitaminute. What about necking one of the larger cases meant for an AR15 down to 6 or 6.5? Something that can drive a Berger 105 hybrid at better than 2500 feet/sec?
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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by First Shirt » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:51 pm

Someone was doing a wildcat based on the 6.8 SPC necked down to 6.5mm, called it the Six5. Supposed to give better velocities that the 6.5 Grendel.
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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by HTRN » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:58 pm

The 30 ar, which is based on the 450bushmaster, holds 44 grains of water.

The problem is rim diameter if its too large, it can weaken the bolt, reducing max pressure limits.

Something based on the 50 beowulf would probably be the way to go..
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Re: .224 Valkyrie

Post by Rich Jordan » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:06 pm

Doesn't look like much excitement for this caliber here! When I get my (single) kit I'll look elsewhere to sell it.

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