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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.

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.

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.

224 Valkyrie Reloading and Ammunition / 77 grn SMK - need recipes plz
« on: June 07, 2020, 07:55:26 AM »
I have some 77 grn SMK bullets on the way, in search of recipes that others have had success with.

224 Valkyrie Range Reports / Best Bench Rest for Testing Loads
« on: May 29, 2020, 02:20:00 PM »
Any recommendations on a really good bench rest for securing your rifle during load testing? 
The Hyskore products look good.  The #30275 Dual Damper Shooting And Sighting Rest seems ideal.  I like the fact that you can mount the rifle and use the hydraulic system to pull the trigger.  They claim, once it's set up and all secure to the table, you can pull the trigger, reload, pull the trigger, etc., and the rifle should not move, giving you the best possible way to shoot the rifle and take the human factor out of it.
I always seem to have a flyer, or two, was that me, wind, the load?
A couple of videos on youtube, but like usual, they tell you about how well it's built, how nice the paint job is, and all the normal BS stuff, but no thoughts on how it performs after using it for a while.

Based on what I've read thus far, I wanted to get started with my powder testing using H4350, RL16, and RL17.  They were out of RL16 and RL17.  I opted to go with H4350, StaBALL 6.5, and I thought I'd try Varmint as I have yet to see where anyone has tested it.  There was a recipe for it on their website, so why not try it and see?
I'll post results and details soon, I hope.  8)

My rifle:  Built it from pieces, my first full AR build.

Barrel: PSA 20' SS, non-fluted, with 1:7 twist, no muzzle break/flash suppressor, just an end cap for now.
Bolt Carrier Group:  PSA 224, ordered with the barrel
Upper: Spartan, side charge, non-reciprocating billet upper
Lower: Anderson Lower, standard trigger and parts
Furniture:  Hogue Kit in black
Scope: SWFA fixed 20X scope  (I know, it's a bit much, but I thought "why not?")

224 Valkyrie Reloading and Ammunition / Recipes and Testing
« on: May 13, 2020, 10:02:50 AM »
Just curious, as I'm about to start reloading for my 224, what distances do you prefer to start at with the 224? 
I see where some start at 50 yards, others 100, and some at 200.

Optics and Tools of the trade / Mounted Brass Catchers
« on: May 13, 2020, 09:48:20 AM »
Any luck with the various rail mounted brass catchers?  I bought a Caldwell a year or so ago, with an extra mount piece, and just now remembered I had it.  I have it mounted now but have not shot with it at the range yet.  The reviews on the Caldwell all complain about the net melting.  I now see on Amazon, that there are a couple of other brands that claim to have HEAT RESISTANT material.  The Caldwell is on sale now for $30 and the extra mount bracket is another $11, on Midway.
You can get one of the other brands on Amazon, with an extra mount bracket for $25.  Pretty good price and the reviews don't mention melting netting.
I'm not real picky on collecting all my 223 as I can get plenty of it at work, but the 224 brass, I be searching for those until they are all located.

General Discussion / Brave enough to pet a Rhino
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:31:12 PM »
Not really related to the Valkyrie but thought I'd post this of my daughter petting a rhino.  She wasn't too brave to start with, but she did end up petting them both.  A female and a big male.  We were in Namibia, the country just north and west of South Africa this past June on a hunt.  A bow hunt, no firearms.  It was for her and she took four of the five animals on her list, all with her bow.  I'm very proud of her for the accomplishment.  This video was shot on an afternoon off from hunting, at the Omaruru Game Preserve, just outside of Omaruru, Namibia.  They have lodges there and can provide the whole "African" game drive experience.  I was not feeling well when I shot this video, in fact, once we got back to our lodge, I went straight to bed and slept in the next morning.  I only got one of her bow kills on camera and that was of the warthog.  You can find that on our YouTube channel.  Here's the rhino.

224 Valkyrie Reloading and Ammunition / Lee 224 Die set
« on: October 15, 2018, 12:13:51 PM »
I was just on the Lee website and see that they are now selling dies for the 224 Valkyrie.  My setup is all Lee, so I'm glad to see them for sale.  My question, being new to the reloading scene, what is the Quick Trim Die they sell separately? 

224 Valkyrie Videos / Johnny's Reloading Bench
« on: September 03, 2018, 10:22:12 PM »
I'm probably the last guy to know, but I just stumbled upon this guy and his videos on YouTube.  He's done a series on the Valkyrie and I'm not all the way through watching them.  I'm impressed so far, he's done a lot of testing, both factory and handloads. 
I've started watching other videos of his on reloading and I'm learning a lot. 

224 Valkyrie Reloading and Ammunition / Final Recipe Chart
« on: August 20, 2018, 09:00:12 PM »
I'm not sure if this will be helpful to you experienced reloader's, but I've been using the Lyman Reloader's Data Log to track my load work ups but now that I have a couple of recipes that I like, I wanted a page just to log those for quick reference.  I made these forms up, and I'm not much on using Publisher, but the forms should work for what I want them for.  If you think they can be useful for you, feel free to use them.  If you see something missing or something that is incorrect as far as the data fields, please let me know and I will correct or add.
The third one has the COAL field, something last minute I saw one of you guys mention earlier today in your posts about reloading.

Triggers / Two Stage Trigger
« on: July 30, 2018, 10:49:10 AM »
My next upgrade for my Valkyrie will be a two stage trigger.  After the money I've put into it so far, I hate to be 'chinchy' and go cheap, but I can't afford, at the moment, to go expensive.  The Rock River two stage comes highly recommended by friends of mine that use them and they are in the $100 price range. 
I'm thinking the Varmint model, at 3.5 pounds, sounds about right for my setup.

224 Valkyrie Bolt Gun Photo Gallery / On my list
« on: July 29, 2018, 03:15:17 PM »
I don't currently own a bolt Valkyrie, but I put it on my bucket list after seeing a guy on YouTube shooting his.  I believe it's made in Utah?  Pretty pricey, but I want one! 

224 Valkyrie Troubleshooting / brass hitting upper
« on: July 29, 2018, 03:13:17 PM »
After the first trip to the range with my new Valkyrie, I noticed bare metal at the rear of the ejection port.  Assuming I hit something in transport or at the range, I just touched it up with a gunsmiths black marker from Birchwood/Casey.  Returned from the second trip, bare metal again.

Should I just file that small section and reapply the marker, leave it alone until it files itself, or is it a sign of a bigger issue?

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