Merkel model 140AE 450-400 3" NE

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I'm excited and had to share. I just took delivery of a new Merkel double rifle. I was unable to handle it before purchase, and was a little worried about the fit, but I am extremely happy with how it turned out. It fits me perfectly, the bead is nestled in the bottom of the V when I snap it to my shoulder. Just like a well fitted bird gun, but a lot heavier! It has also been equipped with a Burris red dot sight, and has EAW 30MM swingmount. It is a plain, entry level model but is the best I could afford and I'm thrilled. I have a hundred Hornady cartridges for it, so as soon as I get the Easter family gatherings out of the way I'm going to the range to try it out. Wish me luck!

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Congrats Longwalker and welcome to the Merkel club. If the pictures you posted are your rifle I would say it has nice wood sir. Let us know how it shoots!
 

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Looks VERY nice! Congrats! Let us know how she shoots :)
 

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Yes, the pictures are of my rifle. The stock has plain straight grain, with nice contrast, so should be functional and strong. I have a hunt booked for Sept. 2019 in the Zambezi region of Namibia, this will be my Buffalo an Elephant rifle if all works out as planned.
 

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Yes, the pictures are of my rifle. The stock has plain straight grain, with nice contrast, so should be functional and strong. I have a hunt booked for Sept. 2019 in the Zambezi region of Namibia, this will be my Buffalo an Elephant rifle if all works out as planned.

Ivory in your future I see!!
 

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Congrats @Longwalker! I don't know if you've shot the caliber before or not, but it is quite pleasant. A bit less compared to the .470NE. Enjoy!!
 

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Congratulations!
 

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I took a few shots with it today, and it seems to shoot OK with Hornady factory loads. I certainly need a better rest than leaning against a tree to properly determine how well it shoots. I was pleasantly surprised at the relatively low recoil. Didn't seem to produce any more recoil than a .375 / 300 grain.
 

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Wish I were there to help you break it in at the range. Have shot the 450/400 in an Italian O/U. About the same recoil as my RSM .404!
 

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Congratz! welcome to the DR group of fun loving hunters. 450/400 is just a pleasant double to shoot. I have never owned a Merkel, but have shot several and they were regulated well and a solid rifle for the price. Have fun!!!
 

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Yes, a very attractive rifle and effective cartridge from a long proven maker.
Enjoy and let us know how it shoots.
 

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I'm excited and had to share. I just took delivery of a new Merkel double rifle. I was unable to handle it before purchase, and was a little worried about the fit, but I am extremely happy with how it turned out. It fits me perfectly, the bead is nestled in the bottom of the V when I snap it to my shoulder. Just like a well fitted bird gun, but a lot heavier! It has also been equipped with a Burris red dot sight, and has EAW 30MM swingmount. It is a plain, entry level model but is the best I could afford and I'm thrilled. I have a hundred Hornady cartridges for it, so as soon as I get the Easter family gatherings out of the way I'm going to the range to try it out. Wish me luck!

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Congratulations, great caliber and maker, enjoy!
 

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Congrats, it's a beautiful gun! Hopefully it brings you a lot of enjoyment in the field!
 

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Send it to me and I’ll take it in May to PawPrints and break it in for you:D:LOL::ROFLMAO:!
Always want to help my AH friends out!

Kidding aside, I hope it shoots as well as my Merkel drilling did...12x12x243 Win. I miss having it. Another of my life mistakes selling it.
 

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Congratulations, can I ask whom you dealt with for purchasing ? North of of our friends down south? or did you import from a US retailer?
Any insight I would be grateful, as a fellow Canuck.
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Nice gun, I like mine also. Love the 450/400, got one in a No.1 that shoots like a dream.
Congratulations on acquiring
 

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I like it, sounds like it will fill the bill for many years to come.
 

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