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Merkel drilling

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by RWBlue, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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  2. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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  3. Haldor

    Haldor Retired EE

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    Drillings have always interested me. I know the German Airforce used to use them for pilot survival guns. The ones I have handled are not light. And since the shotgun barrels are over the rifle, I am not sure how accurate you are likely to be with the rifle.

    I decided to partly assuage my drilling lust and got the poor mans drilling. A Savage 24C.

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    .22 LR over 20 gauge. Very compact and light weight (5.5 lb) and this is probably THE ultimate EOTHAWKI gun. The rifle shoots great, the shotgun is definitely more for occasional use. I used it to shoot a couple of rounds of skeet and my shoulder told me I really shouldn't have. It would be fine for hunting (especially for the pot).

    You can get them in larger calibers (.223 over 12 gauge is particularly popular). I have seen them in 30-30 over 12 gauge as well. These versions are a lot heavier than my 24C. I would hate to have to lug one of these bigger ones around all day.
     
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012
  4. ronin.45

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    I've handled a few drillings, but never a Merkel. Interesting guns.
     
  5. Merkel does make some fine guns - and has done so for a long time. I have my hands on a double shotgun from Merkel. They come in different grades, nice wood and engraving will bring the price up to astronomical figures.