Ammo showdown: 6.5 Grendel vs .224 Valkyrie (VIDEO)
By Ben Brown
The AR-15 platform chambered in the traditional .223/5.56 has always been lacking in long distance capabilities. The 6.5 Grendel and the .224 Valkyrie are two rounds that are taking the AR15 platform to new distances. The data that is available when comparing these two rounds is vast and can be overwhelming. In this segment, I am hoping to just give an introduction as to the general specs and capabilities of these two awesome rounds. Down the line hopefully we can build off this.
The 6.5 Grendel came out in 2004 from a company called Alexander Arms. It is a 6.5mm bullet in a necked down 7.62×39 casing. The 6.5 Grendel is capable of staying supersonic well past 1,000 yards. The last 14 years has given the market time to produce a number of rifles, components and ammo types for the 6.5 Grendel. Feeding is optimized by using a 6.5 Grendel magazine that is very similar to your standard 5.56 mags.
Developed by Federal Premium, the .224 Valkyrie just busted onto the scene in 2017. Its roots come from the 6.8 SPC casing which is necked down to hold .224 caliber projectiles. The .224 Valkyrie is also capable of supersonic speeds past 1000