My new Arrowhead MZL

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My new 45 cal smokeless MZL from Arrowhead Rifles finally came in and it appears to be a ringer!
First off, Specs.: 28" #17 Brux 18-twist, ASG Gen2 breech plug, 300 gr ASG XLD NSR bullets, PVA shockwave self timing brake, AG Composites Chalk Branch stock, NF NX8 2.5-20x F2 Mil-C, and TT diamond set at 1#.

The two groups shown are the first 6 shots I fired out of it this past Friday. The 70gr. H4198 load was my bore-site group at 100 yards and the first 3 shots I fired. The only hole not touching was the first round fired on the brand new barrel, all subsequent shots were cutting the previous hole. The 71gr. H4198 group was my next three shots after adjusting elev/wind. to my 100 yard zero.

Since I didn't have the Arrowhead recommended load of H322 at the time, I went with a proven smokeless load I have used before on my other smokeless MZL. This netted me 2824 fps average in 95 deg heat and 90% humidity. I figure by mzl season the temps will be on average 50 degrees cooler and my avg. velocity will be down around 2,800 fps which is fine with me. My other smokeless MZL does 2,900 fps with a 300 gr. pittman and IMR 3031. *Note: This load is my own, do not duplicate without proper work-up and consultation with your MZL builder.*

Impressions: Other than the stellar early performance and easy load work up, I really liked the load-thru funnel. You can pour the powder down through the muzzle brake as well as seat the bullet through the funnel. The one thing I was skeptical about was the no-sizing-required bullets. The NSR-ASG bullets were designed around Brux and Krieger bore dimensions. Loading and seating pressure was as good as my sized bullets that I run through a die and they obviously shot fine. I also liked the ASG magnetic bolt-stop. It is a simple solution and works.

All in all, I am very pleased with this build. Luke at Arrowhead Rifles was a pleasure to deal with and patiently answered all my questions before and during the build process. Next stop, 500 yard steel!

 

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Looks like I need to send you my TC Pro Encore to tune for me. ;)
Great looking setup and great shooting. Those big bucks that eluded rifle season will have no chance against you.
 

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Looks like I need to send you my TC Pro Encore to tune for me. ;)
Great looking setup and great shooting. Those big bucks that eluded rifle season will have no chance against you.
I pushed the easy button on my encore years ago and bought a Arrowhead smokeless encore barrel as my backup gun. I'm not sure what Ohio's MZL regs are but you can shoot smokeless or BH209 in the Arrowhead encore barrel. This is a straight bullet to bore setup that will yield velocities in the 2500's with great accuracy.
 

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What a great rifle and builder. One day I’d like to have one of his muzzleloaders. I shot my first deer with one last year and I’m hooked.
 

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First outing success! Shot this 9pt. first day of the Virginia muzzleloader opener last Saturday. Still hunted with the tripod mostly covering about a mile a day. Shot an 8 pt. on Tuesday as well. Saving my last buck tag for gun season! 9pt(1).jpg 9pt(2).jpg funnel.jpg beans.jpg mzl.jpg
 

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You Virginia boys are hammering it this year! Congrats on a great buck! Pretty cool you guys can take more than one buck.
 

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Congrats getting those two bucks. Getting the 4wheeler bloody. That’s sweet. The Arrowhead MZ is shooting sweet.
 

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Thank you gents! I had a blessed hunt and came back in one piece to the family bearing meat.
 

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2022 Updates:

Got a nice one down during the last week of the VA muzzleloader season. Loving the NX8 2.5-20 SFP on this SML, it has been a great hunting scope and dials great too. I've been shooting a lot out to 550 yards with this gun and it is solid! Absolutely spanks the gong way out there, no mistaking a hit.

Happy Thanksgiving Gents! 2022 buck - resize.jpg SML 1 - resize.jpg SML 2 - resize.jpg
 

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Nice buck, Arrowhead SML and hunt. Happy Thanksgiving to you.
 

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