Discussion in 'Free Classifieds' started by pmwojtek, Aug 17, 2014.
Looking for double rifle for DG!
A friend of mine has a Blaser S2 in 470 NE. He only wants $6,500 for it. Great starter double.
Since money is hard won in my life, I am quite fond of Heym.
Likewise, for even a bit less money than Heym, I have heard nothing but good things about Verney-Carron and Chapuis as well, regarding reliable / acceptable performance in affordable double rifles these days.
If money was no object, I would definitely have a Westley Richards drop lock.
The cartridge choice would be a real struggle, as I like more than one DG caliber very much.
My top 3 at the moment listed in order of preference are:
.450/400 NE 3"
.450 NE 3.25" straight taper (but the 3.5" bottle neck would do, in fact that is what I shot the buffalo in my avatar with)
.500 NE 3"
Personally, I prefer ejectors on any double rifle but especially on a DG one.
So far I have only shot one DG animal (buffalo) and the rifle I had at that time did not have ejectors.
No problems occurred but, some day it might be an issue so, I prefer them, just in case.
Also, barrel length is probably a very personal matter for each person but, I prefer barrels of about 26", a semi-pistol grip and hinged front trigger.
What specie / species of DG do you plan to hunt with a double rifle?
my advice is to by new! used doubles are not worth what ever savings you may get.
as for chambering, i like the 450 NE 3.25" or the 500 NE 3". i also prefer ejectors in my doubles. for barrel length my opinion is the longer the better, with 28" barrels being my ideal.
Buffalo in Africa and Australia.
I shoot 2 x buffalo in Zimbabwe.First with broken shoulder and punctured thorax went 1.5 km and were found by locals few days letter. Second I shoot to upper shoulder - we seen the bullets entry and we didn't find animals. During follow up we have ancounter with lions - they following the same wounded buff.
I had 375 HH ,fixed scope , high grass. No more with small 375. I was scared like hell.
No chance to stop buff from 5 - 8 meters
I will try to hunt also in rain forest in Cameroon.
So i need something reliable, without big recoil.
Cheapest is Krieghoff - but decoking system is not my favorite. I could not trust in fast action.
I will see Chapuis, Merkel, Searcy or .. will go back to lovely CZ in Rigby
Thanks for letter.
I understand and I agree with you that for buffaloes, the .40 and larger calibers are more comforting.
450NE is the calibre...................I have a 470NE at the moment, but still covet a 450NE.
I agree with the Heym recommendation. I currently have a Krieghoff and really enjoy it but concede the cocking mechanism takes some getting used to.
Thoroughly happy with my Chapuis .450/400 3 inch NE. Regulates very well with Hornady DGX and DGS.
Ihave a 500 NE Merkel for sale at a good price if you are interested in it.
Robert, where are you based?
Hmm, on further checking, I see New York.
Yes, New York.
Do you have interest in the Merkel ?
Checking the gun stores in SA.
I saw that they had a few boxes of the following for double rifles:
450 NE 3.25 inch
Rifle wise. Look at What you can afford. Purchase quality.
Look at handling the rifle, some rifles will balance better than others in your hands.
Hyem - Merkel - Krieghoff to name a few quality makers.
Depending on your bullet selection look at a rifle near 10 lbs.
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