I hunt, nowadays, with a tiny Merkel double. Great sheep gun, all 6lbs 2ozs of it. Investment value? Amazing, worth more 'experienced' than new. But I'm not quife done wifh it, thanks. That's for wife to concern herself about. Later; after me. Oh, and it groups one ragged hole, 100 meters, Norma soldered core hunting ammo. Good 'nuff for me.. Doubles, an expensive enigma? No, not after this. Just get NRA insurance--it is good--then buy the rifle. Or, othereways, cannot insure somerging not in hand. So get the investment, I did, just an 'entry level' Merkel, a damn good piece, accurate, dependable . . . , what more can you ask? Beauty? OK, Fact: Merkel does not make ugly rifles. Period. Okay, pain, large $$. Fine, Its insured, OK?. Now it is yours. For good and ALL. It does its job. How to feed and care for a double--Very short version: Give it factory loads. Midway has the ammo, though I hate to say so. Norma is superb-to use a big, honest word. Cannot be.beaten. Just is. Solder is better than epoxy glue. Just is, 44,060 lbs psi Is better than anything used now Or ever; fact. Back on track: Double rifle, scope is great. Recommend 1x3 Leupold. Better = Leitz. Pricey. Excellent optics. Your choice. . So now what? Shoot. A lot. Doubles are essentially a one-barrel gun. Super accurare, that one. One. For Dall sheep (or moose, or white tailed deer, or Kodiak bear, or . . . whatever, if it is close and gonna hurt you, pull the second trigger. OK? Simple 'nuff? Just do it, it works and has for way over 100 years. Therin lies my love of the double. Period, no more, thats all folks. Yes, I have more than a few bolt guns. Including a Sako Finnbear .375, constant companion through the years. We are one. Through many, many whitetails, moose, C'boo, blacktails in AK, and a few brown bears, including a couple of K bears, it has done its job. Now time is for the tiny Merkel (28 gauge-sized frame), six lbs, both barrels. Yes. A Little less than .375, but so am I. Sigh Old man's gun. Thanks, Merkel. We are well wedded. Appreciate it, you lately of E. Germany. Wonderous gunmakers, you are. Tlhanks. Much.