My first ever stalking rifle was a Geyger[Berlin.] on a Merkel action which I bought in 1961.
It was in 7x65R calibre[Rather similar to a rimmed .270 in some respects.]
It was an O/U which was regulated for the 11.2 GRAM or 173 Grain bullet.
I shot Chamois,Roe, Fallow ,Reds,Sika and Muntjac with it over the years.
I sold it to a famous GUN FIRM for nearly £2500 pounds profit a few years ago.[Possibly the only time in my lifetime when I thus succeeded!!!]
Get hold of a copy of Craig Boddington's safari rifles - very good on double rifles nad most rifle shots particularly those after dangerous game fall inot the category of either Double Rifle owner, or want to be one. I am in the latter category.
Stag - your over and under double on a merkel action sounded a lovely rifle - why did you sell it??? How accurate was it - obviously if you were happy shooting chamois it must have been accurate enough.
I looked at a Merkel the other day - 16 bore over 7x65R with claw mounts and 8x56 scope, with a set of 16 bore barrels as well. In one case you had everything you ever required in terms of a hunting piece.
But I do like having different guns for different purposes.
well Bambi count your lucky stars you are still here to talk about it. So what went wrong
I have to say I personally loaded every round for my Buffalo hunt. But I admit after hitting it twice with a 375 H&H loaded with 300 grain solids and it just bellowed and carried on looking at me, it gets a bit disconcerting. On any dangerous hunt the last thing you need is a miss fire or jam Not good news.
I couldnt afford a double rifle, so I stuck with the good old BRNO bolt action, which holds 5 rounds including one in the spout.
Mozambique 2007, lifetime desire, Buff 40 yards away, two shots form my Merkel .470NE 500gn Woodleigh weldcore solids and it just shrugged them off, i then dropped the pair i had between my fingers of my left hand as i tried to reload. I must of drilled that a couple of hundred times and still fluffed it when it mattered. Super super intense.....
Bambi do tell?
I too have memories of double rifles, As the trainee on Argyll Estates. My job, to carry the d***ed things. The Dukes wife had her French pals over and they tended to favour the double rifle. Double the weight. Its a long carry over Glen Aray or Shera with that on your back. It might be fine for sitting on the back of an elephant but as a stalking rifle give it a miss, Jim
Myself in the `60s with the 7X65R and a brace of Roebucks.
I sold it for financial reasons but for general sporting purposes a bolt action rifle cannot be beaten especially if the shooter is a re-loader.
Doubles are fussy things !
I got the chance to shoot a Chapuis SxS in 7.92x57R at Bisley some years ago and if I could have afforded it I would had done so in a heart beat as it shot wonderfully. Of course with hindsight I should have got a loan and brought it but if I recall correctly the price was £4500 for the rifle then the mount was about £220 and then the scope another £500 and it was simply not within the grasp of my finances. Something I regret every time I think about it .
On that day we had a supply of RWS 196 grain ammunition and the rifle certainly liked it. Recoil was a bit stout from the prone position though.
Hey I didn't know that was still running! Although no doubles I did attend being a member with a .458 and 9.3x57 but for soem reason the news letters stopped coming so I thought it had died. Minsterly was a heck of a drive from Gatwick. It's bit nearer now that I am in Lincolnshire.
The last time I was there George was playing with that 505 Gibbs from Belguim. I cannot say I was that impressed with it though. Way over priced and it was giving trouble I recall.
Sadly my Rigby is a miniture Bore being a .256" ........................ Mind you bell used one on Epherlumps.