- May 6, 2009
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I also have a .500ne Merkel flavor, whuch I use for brown bears, etc, and cats, as in if I had to do Catepillars, w/tungsten solids. D8's and such.
The "old slow" 9.3x74R does a great job, fed the right bullets. Nothing gets threre but the bullet. Nothing. So it is ALL important. The bullet. PERIOD.
Best to you, happy shooting, mate, as the Kiwis say. h
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!