Merkel 140AE .470NE CCH

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I am selling this beautiful Merkel 140AE in .470 NE. The metal is finished in Color Case Hardening with Arabesque laser engraving on the receiver. The CCH colors are beautiful! The wood is very nicely grained, and is Class 4 according to the Merkel archives, as provided by Tobi. The rifle was manufactured in 2016. The barrels are 23.6 inches in length (600mm) and are rust-blued. The front site is gold-bead and the rear is a wide-V express site with 50 and 75 fold-down blades. The rifle weighs 10 lbs., 14.5 ounces according to my postal scale. The LOP is 14.375 from the front trigger and 13.31 from the rear. It has provisions from the manufacturer for a rail-mounted, aftermarket, front site if so desired. It comes with a manufacturers leather case with factory lock-setting directions included. The 140AE features double triggers, Anson & Deeley Box Lock, Greener Locking Mechanism with double underlug locking as per Merkel specs. This rifle is the little brother to the .500NE 140AE sold by Mtn_Infantry a few weeks ago on this forum. He was most helpful with connecting me with Tobi to obtain relevant info on this outstanding Double. I thank him for his assistance.

I purchased this rifle online and I do not have any of the history on it. I have not fired the rifle and it appears to have had a minimal number of rounds put through it by previous custodians. Please see the photos and decide for yourself. The right side of the receiver face shows no surface markings to indicate that a meaningful number of rounds have ever been chambered on that side. Unfortunately, I do not have any information on the regulation of this rifle and I do not plan on shooting it.

I can find no visible flaws in the external metal finish. It is in as-new condition in this regard. Anything visible in the photos that resembles a flaw is likely a fiber from the pre-photo wipe down, or dust particles. The rifle is ‘factory-new-stiff’ and locks up tight. It shoulders wonderfully, and the sites intuitively line up perfectly with the eye when in shooting position. It feels like an extension of one’s arm when shouldered. It is extremely well-balanced.

The wood finish remains in excellent condition with only a few very small imperfections. The greatest of these is on the lower left side of the stock and is pictured for your scrutiny. There is another, smaller mark on the lower left side of the forearm, also pictured. There are two insignificant imperfections in the finish (finish only) on either side of the release lever where the stock surrounds the tang and meets the receiver. These do not extend into the wood at all. Again, I am being very picky here for the sake of full-disclosure and I urge you to analyze the photos. The wood finish is beautiful and you are unlikely to be disappointed.

I have satisfactorily closed numerous transactions on this forum, as documented by exclusively-positive reviews left by the members of this group. I have been on GB under the same username since 2009 and have 244 positive reviews, with 0 negative. I will reasonably work with a buyer to ensure a mutually-secure transaction. A Face-to-face transaction in Minnesota is an option, or I will ship to your FFL with shipping and insurance at your expense. Whenever I am asked why I am selling something, I always answer the same way. “For the money.” In all seriousness, I have a V/C Safari Azur in .500NE that I bought from a member of this forum, as well as a large amount of ammo for it. I am in love with that one, so I can’t (reasonably and rationally) justify keeping this rifle. If I have time to think about it much more, I could change my mind. So don’t wait too long to make your move if you have been waiting for this one to come along.

I am offering the rifle with case for $11,500USD + shipping/insurance/other. Please PM me to discuss in more detail

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Wow! Beautiful rifle at a fair price! I am a Merkel fan having owned one.
 
Rifle looks great! I am seriously considering it and if I decide on it, I could meet in person depending on where you’re located. I’m in Eden Prairie.
Franz, I will either be driving through the T/C area tomorrow or Saturday. I'm from the Walker area. I could bring the rifle with me for you to inspect if that would be helpful? If you want to try to work something out, send me a PM. I wouldn't expect you to make a purchase that quickly, but you could at least see it in person.
 
That is a beautiful rifle. Congrats and I'm jealous as well.
 
Franz, I will either be driving through the T/C area tomorrow or Saturday. I'm from the Walker area. I could bring the rifle with me for you to inspect if that would be helpful? If you want to try to work something out, send me a PM. I wouldn't expect you to make a purchase that quickly, but you could at least see it in person.
With absolutely all due respect to everyone…I would. I see so many times great offers on great rifles like this go up for sale and people lose out because they can’t make a decision then lament they lost out. Just me
 
Congrats to both buyer and seller. Cant wait to read the hunt report
 
With absolutely all due respect to everyone…I would. I see so many times great offers on great rifles like this go up for sale and people lose out because they can’t make a decision then lament they lost out. Just me
I was thinking the same thing as I drove away after the sale, Rare Breed. This member and his B-I-L made the effort (and the drive) to connect, and so did I. We had a great visit and they had an opportunity to inspect the rifle in-person. Questions were answered, rapport was built, commonality was found, a deal was reached, and a sale was concluded. In addition, I believe it is likely that a friendship was formed that will extend forward. African hunting (and DGR) enthusiasts aren't exactly common in Northern Minnesota. I wouldn't be surprised if these two gentlemen and myself find ourselves around a Minnesota campfire enjoying a whiskey and a cigar while swapping stories in the not-too-distant future.
 
I was thinking the same thing as I drove away after the sale, Rare Breed. This member and his B-I-L made the effort (and the drive) to connect, and so did I. We had a great visit and they had an opportunity to inspect the rifle in-person. Questions were answered, rapport was built, commonality was found, a deal was reached, and a sale was concluded. In addition, I believe it is likely that a friendship was formed that will extend forward. African hunting (and DGR) enthusiasts aren't exactly common in Northern Minnesota. I wouldn't be surprised if these two gentlemen and myself find ourselves around a Minnesota campfire enjoying a whiskey and a cigar while swapping stories in the not-too-distant future.
Simply Outstanding!!!!! I have tremendous respect for both buyer and seller !!!
 

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