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That's a three inch circle.  I buy a roll of them off of Amazon for about $8.

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224 Valkyrie Hunting and Varminting / Another two deer
« on: December 29, 2020, 03:56:40 PM »
Took the 224 loaded with my reloaded Fusion bullets out again this morning. I shot the spike first, kept sitting in the blind, and just before I was going to call it a hunt, this doe stepped out. 
For her, it was a blessing to die quickly.  It's hard to tell from the picture, but her jaw is swollen really bad and she was down to skin and bone.  She probably wouldn't have survived another week or two on her own.  Either die from the elements, starve to death, or coyotes would have gotten her.
Saw lots of deer and had several more in the group I could have culled, but once I shot that spike, all my culls skedaddled.  The bucks I can't shoot kept on eating.  Go figure! 
Loving my new hunting rifle.....and these FUSION bullets are awesome.  Haven't had a deer run more than 40 yards.
And an old 9 pt cull that I'm not allowed to shoot.  Hopefully a Veteran will get a shot at him next week.

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224 Valkyrie Photo Gallery / Re: 224 V 1st build
« on: December 28, 2020, 09:31:12 PM »
I need to replace my barrel with a 6.5    :(

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224 Valkyrie Reloading and Ammunition / 62 grain pulled Fusion bullets
« on: December 28, 2020, 03:38:41 PM »
I've been absent from the website for a few months.  I have been pretty discouraged with my 224, at least with the reloading portion.  It shoots factory loads just fine, but I want to shoot reloads and have had really poor results.  I was using SMK bullets in 77 and 90 grains, a half dozen powders, varied the seating depth, with crimp, without crimp, nothing mattered.  Looked like I was shooting an improved cylinder choke on a shotgun.  I decided to put her up, in the back of the safe, until I could afford a new barrel.  Mine is a 7 and I keep hearing the 6.5's are better.
For some reason, can't blame it on alcohol or drugs, I decided to try some of these 62 grain Fusion bullets I have.  A couple of years ago, when supplies were plentiful, I bought a couple thousand of these 'pulled bullets' from American Reloading.  I didn't buy them for tack driving accuracy, but rather for plinking bullets for my 223 rifles.  Thought I'd also use them on the occasional hog or coyote and that was about it.
So fast forward, I get the 224 out, dust her off, and decide to load up some of the 62 grain bullets, just for the heck of it.  Won't bore you with the details, but it didn't take long to realize that she kinda liked these bullets being pushed by Varget powder.
I kept messing around with different load workups and settled on 26.4 grains of Varget, CCI Magnum Small Rifle Primers, and once fired FED cases. 
When I started to consistently get groups like this at 100 yards, which is the typical shot that we take on deer at our ranch, I decided to load some up and take her to the blind.  Currently, she's two for two on south Texas does and I'll be using her again this week.  Hoping a hog comes out and presents a shot.  The doe pictures are in the hunting section. 
Here is my shot group at 100, I'm afraid to think what it would look like at 400, which is the longest range that I have access to, but I will give her a try in the near future.

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224 Valkyrie Hunting and Varminting / Re: Your valkyrie hunting use?
« on: December 27, 2020, 11:29:14 PM »
When I built my Valkyrie, hunting with it never crossed my mind.  Now, it's my go to weapon for whitetails here in south Texas. 

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224 Valkyrie Hunting and Varminting / Re: 224 vs 400 pound hog
« on: December 27, 2020, 11:27:49 PM »
That's a good hog.  Glad it worked out for you and it's good to read stories about the Valkyrie being used for hunting.

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224 Valkyrie Hunting and Varminting / Couple of south Texas does
« on: December 27, 2020, 11:22:45 PM »
I have to admit, finding a load that my Valkyrie would shoot accurately was a frustrating process.  Which led me to putting her in the gun safe and vowing to leave her there until I could afford, or justify, replacing the barrel.  And there she sat, collecting dust, until I thought, why not go down in grain weight and try the 62 grain Fusion bullets I have in stock.  These are the pulled bullets I bought to reload in 223.  Surprisingly, I had good success and finally settled on a load that was getting decent groups at 100 yards, the typical distance for us to shoot deer at our ranch.
It's a good feeling when you put a rifle together yourself, then work out a load that it likes and shoots well, then combining those two and having positive results in the field.
Two shots, two deer.  Nothing fancy, no world records, just deer management in action, and all with an AR platform rifle in 224 Valkyrie.

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224 Valkyrie Range Reports / Re: PSA .224V 20" Woes
« on: July 02, 2020, 11:04:49 PM »
No pics but I'm happy to report that the Faxon 20" 1-6.5 barrel is sub .5" MOA with the Federal 90 gr SMK factory load! This is the Match series heavy fluted stainless/nitride so my luck has changed!

Must be my 1:7? It's one of the early ones too.  I'm not having luck with the 90 grain or now with the 77 grain.  I've tried five different powders so far and by looking at the target, you'd think I was shooting buckshot.

I'm waiting on some RL-15 to come in, after that, I give up.  I'll just except it as a plinker and load it for shooting the gong at the range.


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20" Krieger 6.5T w/ no muzzle thread, brake or suppressor:

90 SMK (Moly) w/ 25.4 gr. H4350 @ 2.340" COAL.
(Requires cutout of front of magazine.)

I think my 1:7 barrel is my downfall?  More testing to be done..

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My bad, you are right. typo.  should read 2.26, 2.27, and 2.28   :o ???

Thanks for pointing that out....and I hand feed them for now....have a mag coming tomorrow for a Valkyrie   

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I'm going to try some BL-C2 with those 90's and also some BL-C2 with the 77 SMK's.  Have 5 sets of five loaded for each, will try this week and see how it goes.  Also have some H335, but I don't think there's a recipe for the 90's with that powder? 
I'm going to shoot them at the 200 yard range this time, bypass the 100 yard mark, see if that makes a difference. 
The local range that sells powder is still out of AR-COMP and RL-15, RL-16, and RL-17.

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224 Valkyrie Range Reports / Re: Sierra 95 Grain & RE-15
« on: June 13, 2020, 03:20:15 PM »
I need me sum RL-15......hopefully the range will get some in soon.

If you mentioned it, I must have missed it, but what is your barrel length and twist rate?   I have a 20" SS with 1:7"

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224 Valkyrie General Discussion / Re: 224 Val is it Dead
« on: June 11, 2020, 02:04:43 PM »
Very nice write up, I enjoyed reading that information.  Thanks for putting that together.
For me and my Valkyrie, we're just a pair made for plinking together at our range, which goes to 400 yards.  I enjoy shooting the rifle and I'm still messing with load workups.  But just as you mentioned in your article, I too can get three shots in a beautiful, tight group, then have two wild flyers.  After reading your article, I'm a bit relieved that it 'may' be the barrels and not my shooting or recipes I'm loading.
Although it does shoot the factory 75 grains stuff pretty well.  For that reason I ordered some 77 grain SMK's and those arrived yesterday.  Hoping to have some ready to shoot by next week.
Again, thanks for the article. 

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224 Valkyrie General Discussion / Re: 224 Val is it Dead
« on: June 09, 2020, 01:09:40 PM »
I can only comment on the 90 SMK's I have been loading and those are in the 2600 fps range, from high 2500 - high 2600 fps.

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224 Valkyrie General Discussion / Re: 224 Val is it Dead
« on: June 08, 2020, 06:16:42 PM »
I hope it doesn't die, the 224 that is.  I love mine.  It shoots the factory 75's just fine.  I'm just messing with reloads to find a load that it likes.  I hope to find that load soon and then I'll be really happy.  It's a journey so far to find the load that performs well, but if it was as easy as grabbing any recipe and getting a perfect group, that wouldn't be any fun at all.   8)

If anything, I hope to one day have a 224 bolt AR platform.  That would be sweet.

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