Hi Harv, welcome to AH and it is nice to hear about your little Merkel Mod 141 9.3X74R double, and that you are happy with it. I also have two Merkel double rifles and both are my two favorite doubles for different purposes. I have a 140E-1 that is a 9.3X74R and for any place in North America it is the rifle I carry most often. The other is a 140-2 safari 470NE for the big bad boys, but I wouldn't hesitate to shoot a cape buffalo with the 9.3X74R with 286 gr Nosler partitions for the first shot, followed by several North Fork CPS copper expanding solids. I have developed Macular degeneration so I am going to have to scope all my double rifles with lighted reticles so I can, at least, see the aiming point fairly clearly. I think the 9.3X74R Merkel will be the first done because it is the one I use the most and I think I will do a Docter Optic on the 470NE Merkel. I've hunted Alaska, and Canada a lot and have used both double rifles and bolt rifles in both places, but, like you. I prefer the doubles. ................Again welcome here!