I'm considering a double rifle and reviewing the makers with which I have any experience, the only one is Merkel. I have a Merkel 201E 12 ga made in 1953. It was for several years in the US base at Ramstein trap club where it was fired thousands and thousands of times prior to a servicemember bringing it to the US, where I got it. It is still tight and completely functional. If the Merkel rifles in 470NE are as well built as this 60+ yr old gun I'd have no problem in springing for a new 140AE. However I did a search and noted a few threads where some members have had less than expected results from their Merkels. What are your opinions of Merkels current production of double rifles?