Savage Arms new MSR 15 rifle in 224 Valkyrie

The 224 Valkyrie is a very recent addition to the already varied world of ammo. Now Savage Arms is the first to introduce a semiauto chambered in this new long-range cartridge with its MSR 15 rifle. 

Valkyrie logo on the new MSR 15 rifle by Savage
The Valkyrie logo on the rifle handguard.

The Savage 224 Valkyrie MSR 15, that will be will showcased at the 2018 SHOT Show in January, is an upgraded variant of the MSR 15 Recon. It sports an upgraded 18-inch carbon steel barrel with 5R rifling and a crisp two-stage trigger. With its distinctive Elite Series Cerakote finish that forms a tough, protective layer on the upper and lower and its adjustable mid-length gas system that can be customized to specific ammunition, the rifle also features a Hogue pistol grip, a Magpul UBR Gen 2 buttstock, forward assist and a muzzle brake with 1/2x28, Class 3 barrel thread. The AR15-style magazine is detachable. The buttstock can be set at any of eight positions to offer a comfortable cheekweld for any shooter. 

The new MSR 15 Valkyrie harnesses the power of the 224 Valkyrie cartridge

Pioneered by Federal Premium Ammunition and advertised as “the world’s first supersonic 1,300 yards MSR 15 cartridge”, the 224 Valkyrie is based on the 30 Rem./6.8 SPC cartridge case necked down to a .224-caliber bullet.

It produces flat trajectories, supersonic velocities up to 1,300 yards downrange and match-grade accuracy, providing comparable ballistics as larger counterparts like 6.5 Creedmoor with only half the recoil.

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The Savage 224 Valkyrie MSR 15 has been showcased at the 2018 Shot Show in January.

According to Federal statements, the cartridge also offers significantly less wind drift and drop than other loads in its class. Since the new cartridge is designed to be used in existing modern sporting rifles (MSR), the interesting thing is that if you already own a MSR chambered in another caliber you can buy a new upper in 224 Valkyrie and use it with your existing lower. The necessary modifications can be carried out by any gunsmith or person trained in building MSRs. 

At present, Federal offers the 224 Valkyrie in four loads: 90-grain Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing, 60-grain Nosler Ballistic Tip Varmint, 90-grain Fusion MSR and 75-grain American Eagle TMJ.

Left side of the Savage MSR 15 rifle in 224 Valkyrie
The Savage MSR 15 rifle in 224 Valkyrie sports a 18” barrel with muzzle brake.

Savage claims that the MSR 15 in 224 Valkyrie is competition-ready and built to squeeze the maximum performance from the hottest new round in long-range shooting and ballistic performance. The MSR 15 in 224 Valkyrie comes at a price of 1,499.00 USD (approx. 1,265 Euro, excluding taxes).

For more information please visit the Savage Arms website.

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