I am going to Africa in June to hunt Buffalo. I am considering trading a couple rifles and handguns that I never use (and some cash) for a used Merkel .470NE Double to take with me. I know absolutely nothing about them. Asking price is $8900.00 and I can likely get that cost way down with trades and make a cash offer. They told me it has been there for at least a year....maybe more. Is this a nice rifle? It handled very nicely and looked great. I bought a Winchester Model 70 .375 Safari brand new last week. I would either keep it or trade it on the double. Strangely enough I handled about 15 rifles today ranging in cost from 1200-10000 and I liked the Merkel double and the CZ550 the best. I am 29 and it is my first time to Africa. If that matters.