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Hootch
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:29 pm  Reply with quote



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Location: Eagle, Nebraska

Just bought a new to me Merkel Model 8 in 16ga, double triggers. Built in '76.
Has good dimensions, fits me very well, choked great too, light imp cylinder and light modified. Should be a really good pheasant, quail, hun and chicken gun.
Knuckle buster, just like my Merkel 12ga.
Just ordered some bump guards for it.
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skeettx
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:01 pm  Reply with quote
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Congratulations !!!

I use these Smile

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Hootch
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:20 pm  Reply with quote



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I was thinking about something like that, thanks, I will give them a try.
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fin2feather
PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:00 pm  Reply with quote
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I have these on all my double guns; wouldn't shoot without it! They work a lot better than any of the "home made" ones I tried, and look a bit classier too Wink




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fn16ga
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:54 am  Reply with quote
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Don't remember ever having that problem with my double guns. Just lucky I guess.
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gunsrus
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:21 am  Reply with quote
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That's too bad , I've never had that problem . I wonder why some do .
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16gaDavis
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:37 am  Reply with quote



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Char used to have band aids waiting for me when I went to Moo - Davis is a knuckler !!

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Carlos
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:43 am  Reply with quote



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Location: Victoria BC Canada

I have a 16 ga. Merkell Model 8 of about the same vintage. I bought it used online from a vendor I knew and trusted. Lo & Behold. It arrived with a first quality mark. I shot 23/25 at trap with it at a vintage match for third place, with the first shots I ever put through it. It never caused me any injury.

P.S: date mark is 274. February 1974. Double trigger. Plain looking, but comes to the eye perfectly when coming to the point.


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Riflemeister
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:54 am  Reply with quote
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Strange, but my single trigger SXS's never abuse my second finger. My only double trigger gun that I keep around to remind myself why I don't prefer them does that with great regularity.

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Charles Hammack
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:02 pm  Reply with quote
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3/4 , 5/8 or 1/2 oz loads never do harm .

13/16 would be the perfect load with 7/8 oz as the Magnum loads according to Ole Ben Felton .

My heavy load is 3/4 oz with 5/8 my norm and 1/2 oz is coming on strong as my favorite for most things with choke.

Ole Ben and I both agreed that the 13/16 oz loads were the best of the best loads tested , but I have used 3/4 oz since the 80's and have never looked back.

Folks history , tradition and always done it this or that way is keeping you from the greatest joy in shooting .

LIGHT LOADS !!! 🤗🤗🤗🤗

If you need more range than what light loads will cover ???

They make a tool for that , it's called a RIFLE.

No pain makes for more gain than extra shot that serves no purpose.

Take it for what it's worth .

Regards , Nick
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MaximumSmoke
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:39 am  Reply with quote
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The Knuckle Buster Issue -- I find those that "fly" their elbows have knuckle busting problems with straight grip guns. These are most likely folks that started their shooting lives with rifles, most likely pistol-gripped rifles, probably shooting prone, and carry the trigger hand elbow (and probably the pointing hand elbow also) parallel to the ground in their mount/stance. Some extremists have the elbow ear high or even higher. This rotates the trigger hand so the middle finger is "endangered" by the back edge of the trigger guard, and "weakens" the grip, preventing the hand from taking recoil through the grip as well as it should. The gun is then more free to slide back, and recoil drives the trigger guard back into that endangered middle finger. Probably, the more the victim is affected, the more he turns up or "weakens" his grip in anticipation of pain, making things worse. The answer is to change the mount to lower the elbows (both of them) to around 45 degrees down, and get the pointing hand (the forward one) a little straighter, too -- more forward.
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