Can You Shoot 224 Valkyrie in a 223? (Details Explained)

The answer is “yes.” All 22 caliber centerfire cartridges are interchangeable in any rifle chambered for them. All the rifles will shoot all the different cartridges with identical accuracy and point of impact.

All 22 caliber centerfire cartridges use bullets of exactly the same outside diameter, which is 0.224″. The only difference between the cartridge cases is their shape, length, and internal volume.

Except for the 22 caliber centerfire cartridges based on those specificities, all the other 22 caliber cartridges have a .224″ bullet size.

223 Remington uses .224″ bullets, as do the 22 Hornet, 218 Bee, 219 Donaldson Wasp, 220 Swift, 221 Remington Fireball, 222 Remington, 223 WSSM, 224 Valkyrie, and 225 Winchester, among others.

The field is so crowded that the different calibers are grouped together to be used as substitutes.

Can I shoot 22 long rifles from the same barrel as .224 ammo?

Can I shoot 22 long rifles from the same barrel as .224 ammo

Depending on the barrel twist rate and load, .223/5.56mm can be shot from a .22LR barrel. It’s not highly recommended as there is a high chance of damaging the rifling in the barrel as well as causing excessive wear.

The rifling of a .22 LR barrel (one twist every 16 inches) will not stabilize a .223 bullet, so you’ll be shooting an un-stabilized bullet, which causes very poor accuracy and will damage your barrel possibly leading to catastrophic failure.

The rifling in a .223 barrel is different than that for a .22LR barrel. A typical .223 has one twist every 7 inches or so, which is perfect for stabilizing the long, slender shape of the standard 55 grain 5.56/.223 projectile

If you were to shoot a 45 grain or lighter bullet through your rifle, then it would probably be okay to shoot it through your pistol barrel, but again, this isn’t recommended as the twist rate of a rifle barrel is much faster than that of a pistol’s.

The difference between those two bullets is that one is designed for use in rifles and pistols, while the other is designed specifically for rifles.

What is the difference between a .22 bullet and a .223 bullet?

difference between a .22 bullet and a .223 bullet

The .22 caliber bullet was designed to be a target round in rifle and pistol but has become the most popular small game round in the world.

The .223 Remington is designed as a military combat round, designed to kill or disable an enemy combatant.

The .223’s velocity (3,200 fps) makes it inherently more destructive than the .22 (1,500 fps). The .223 will cause more damage to soft tissue.

If the two rounds strike bone, however, the .223 will shatter bone and create more damage than a .22. This is because of their relative energy levels.

The .22 rimfire is a low-power, high-velocity round. The bullet diameter (.224) is very close to the powder charge diameter (.227).

This means that there is less room for powder and pressure builds quickly. Because of this, a 22 rimfire bullet can travel at 1,500 feet per second from a rifle barrel or 500 feet per second from a pistol barrel.

The .223 Remington is a high-power and velocity round (3,200 fps). It has space for more powder and can reach higher velocities without blowing up the gun or damaging the shooter.

How deadly is a .223 bullet?

How deadly is a .223 bullet

A .223 Remington bullet is a very light and small bullet that travels very rapidly. It’s designed to come apart in the body, unlike a military round which is designed to not come apart in the body.

A military round will go through a body and often out the other side and continue on. A .223 Remington, however, is designed to come apart and make a big cavity inside the body.

The smaller the bullet, the larger the cavity it will make because it has less mass to stay together as it travels through your body.

Finally, a .223 bullet is deadly. Full stop. However, a .223 bullet is not as deadly as a .30-06 or a .338 Lapua Magnum.

If you’re referring to the diameter of the bullet, it’s the same. Two different terms for the same thing.

Can a 224 valkyrie lower fire 223 remington?

Can a 224 valkyrie lower fire 223 remington

The .223 Remington (5.56x45mm) is a very popular sporting rifle cartridge. The .224 Valkyrie is a new cartridge designed to achieve long-range performance superior to all previous intermediate cartridges.

The .224 Valkyrie uses the same size case as the .223 Remington and 5.56x45mm NATO, but it’s not just a necked-up version of those cartridges. The shoulder of the case is moved back, the neck is longer, and the body is blown out.

For this reason, it can hold more powder, resulting in significantly higher velocities than the 223/5.56 cartridges can achieve.

A special bullet shape gives it a high ballistic coefficient and makes barrel length less important to accuracy than with other cartridges of similar power.

The ability to fire both 223 Remington and 224 Valkyrie ammunition in rifles chambered for both cartridges depends on the design of the bolt carrier group (BCG). Some BCGs can reliably fire either cartridge without modification.

Others may need different firing pins or other modifications before they can safely fire both cartridges or even one or the other cartridge.

Because there are so many possible combinations of parts, we cannot say whether any particular BCG will work with both cartridges without knowing which combination of parts you have in your rifle.

What can .223 kill?

The .223 Remington is commonly pronounced as either two-two-three or two-twenty-three.

This cartridge is loaded with a 0.224-inch (5.7 mm) diameter jacketed bullet, with weights ranging from 40 to 90 grains though the most common loading by far is 55 grains.

The 223 Remington is popular for varmint and small game hunting, as well as deer when used in limited ranges, and/or controlled expansion bullets are employed (note that many US states have specific regulations limiting the use of 223 Remington for hunting deer).

What kind of gun uses .223 bullets?

What kind of gun uses .223 bullets

The military version of the cartridge used a 55 gr full metal jacket bullet and was designated M193. In 1980 NATO modified the .223 Remington into a new design which is called 5.56×45mm NATO type SS109.

The civilian version of the cartridge traditionally uses a lighter bullet ranging from 40 to 85 gr (2.6 to 5.5 g).

The 223 caliber bullet can be used for hunting varmints, predators, and small game but is also used for home defense and personal protection by law enforcement agencies and civilians alike.

Why do gun owners think a .223 is weak while others think it’s strong?

Why do gun owners think a .223 is weak while others think it's strong

Not all gun owners think the .223 is weak at all. In fact, the .223 is one of the most popular cartridges in the United States and around the world.

The reason some people might be saying it’s a light round is that it’s used as a varmint round. Varmint rounds are lighter so that they don’t have a lot of recoils, but also to control over-penetration.

The light bullet goes very fast and expands rapidly, doing a lot of damage inside, but then not going through what you are shooting at (like if you were hunting on a farm and didn’t want to blow holes in your barn).

As far as being deadly, a single round can be deadly, but it’s not very likely to kill someone.

More likely, it will wound them severely (shot in the gut, for example), which could be fatal depending on how bad the wound is and where they get shot. A body shot might be survivable; head or neck shots usually aren’t.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is 224 Valkyrie Compatibility?

224 Valkyrie’s parent cartridge is the .223 Remington. This means that most modern AR-15s built on an M4 platform should be able to fire 224 Valkryie provided that they are not chambered in 5.56 NATO, which means they are not compatible with 5.56 NATO rounds.

2. Is 224 Valkyrie bad?

It depends on how you define bad. When we’re talking about shooting around in something it isn’t designed for, it’s never good.

To answer that question definitively, you need to find out if your gun can shoot a round that it wasn’t designed for.

Most rifles that aren’t chambered for 5.56 NATO should be able to fire .223 Remington rounds without problems.

But then again, most AR-15s are chambered for 5.56 NATO and not .223 Remington, so this creates a problem regarding the compatibility of 224 Valkyrie.

3. Is shooting 224 valkyrie in a 223 good idea?

Is shooting 224 Valkyrie in a 223 good idea

You should not shoot the 224 Valkyrie in a 223 rifle because the two cartridges have different dimensions.

The 224 Valkyrie requires a bolt face change when firing it in an AR-15 platform rifle that was designed for 223 cartridges.

The two cartridges are very similar in length and design. However, their differences make them incompatible with each other.

4. What rifle is best for 224 Valkyrie?

It depends on your needs. For long ranges, the bolt gun has advantages over the AR platform.

However, if you want a versatile rifle that can be used at all ranges, an AR is a better choice because of its lighter weight and lower recoil.


You can shoot .224 Valkyrie in a .223, but it’s not recommended. Although the two cartridges are similar in size, they have different parent cases and pressure specifications.

The .224 Valkyrie has a maximum pressure of 55,000 psi, while the .223 Remington has a maximum pressure of 55,000 CUP (copper units of pressure).

Copper units of pressure are measured differently than pounds per square inch (psi), so they aren’t directly comparable.

Pressure differences notwithstanding, the two cartridges are too close to comfortably shoot interchangeably.

If you’re going to purchase a barrel and want to shoot both cartridges, get one chambered for 5.56 NATO.


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