When it comes to grouse and woodcock guns, a lot of hunters pass over twelve gauges. That’s a shame. Twelve gauge shotguns are the most versatile doubles out there. Size wise, I find twelve gauges feel better in my hands twenties. When their weight is right, I think they’re perfect for all kinds of upland hunting.
Another thing I like about twelves is their versatility. Because there’s so much ammo out there for them, you can load a 12g up for wild pheasants (1 1/8oz loads) or down for smaller game (try 7/8 oz loads). And if you want to shoot a few ducks, you can even pick some non-tox ammo (or steel if you’re shooting a modern 12).
This Merkel looks like it would be a great do-it-all double. With double triggers, ejectors, and 2 3/4″ chambers, it’s as versatile as any shotgun gets. And because it’s pretty light (6lbs 8oz.), you can carry anywhere, too.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2 3/4″
Metal Condition: Strong barrel bluing, Case colors present only at the protected areas of the receiver
Wood Condition: Refinished, Scattered dings and scratches
Bore Condition: Very Bright
Triggers: Double Trigger, Articulating Front
Stock: Round Knob
Stock Dimensions: 14 1/8″ LOP
Fore End: 3 Piece
Butt Pad: Suhl Plate
Weight: 6 Lbs 8 Ozs
Sights: Solid Rib with White Mid and Front Bead
Chokes: .048/ .052, Extra Full