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I have been offered a Merkel 140AE in 450-400 Nitro Express 3" that I am considering for a hunt for buffalo and elephant in 2019. It has been fitted with EAW turn in scope mounts, and a Burris fastfire red dot sight. It has shot less than 40 rounds, and appears as new. It has plain wood and simple scroll engraving. It is a private sale in Canada for the equivalent of US $7150.

From those who own Merkel doubles - is that a good $ deal, and are there any tips you can give me about common faults or things to look out for in a used Merkel double? I am used to double shotguns and have owned a couple Merkels but never a double rifle. Any tips appreciated.
 

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longwalker . I would shoot the rifle and make sure that A , It regulates and B , that it doesn't double discharge.

I have seen a number of Merkels double discharge.

Shoot numerous shots with it.

Good luck
 

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Thanks jand. I was told these rifles had interrupting sears to prevent "doubling" - is that not correct information? Also, I need to know what ammunition they are regulated with. The seller says Norma, but I find no reference to Norma ammunition in this caliber when I do a internet search. Hornady and Kynoch are the only two manufacturers that I find. ??
 

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You may have to reload for it. I have one in 470 NE and it was regulated for Federal ammo using Woodlieghs. I got Barnes XCL bullets to regulate and when they no longer made the I tried Hornady and couldn't get better then 3 inch spread at 50 yards, I got Woodlieghs from Tradex and used a load that duplicates the old Kynock load and I get 1 inch at 100 yards. That is a good price for Canada for the rifle I've seen them go for up to $14,000 and never under $10,000.
 

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