American Rifleman - October 2016 - 95

SPECS

IMPORTER: STEYR ARMS, INC. (DEPT. AR), 2530 MORGAN ROAD, BESSEMER, AL 35022; (205) 417-8644; STEYRARMS.COM
455⁄16"
25⁄8"

15⁄8"
277⁄8"

145⁄8"

MANUFACTURER: MERKEL JAGD- UND SPORTWAFFEN GMBH, SUHL, GERMANY
ACTION TYPE: SIDE-BY-SIDE, BREAK-ACTION
SHOTGUN

GAUGE: 12, 3"; 20, 3" (TESTED), 28
TRIGGER: DOUBLE MECHANICAL: 5-LB., 1-OZ.
PULL (FRONT); 6-LB. 1-OZ. PULL (REAR)
SIGHTS: BRASS BEAD
STOCK: GRADE 2 OIL-FINISHED WALNUT,
STRAIGHT GRIP, SPLINTER FORE-END

SHOOTING RESULTS (40 YDS.)

AVERAGE OF 10 PATTERNS

WEIGHT: 6 LBS, 4 OZS.
METAL FINISH: SILVER NITRIDE RECEIVER,
COLD-BLUED BARRELS
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL, LOCK
MSRP: $4,595

BROWNING BDX EXTRA DISTANCE (LEAD)
20 GA., 3", 1¼ OZ., NICKEL-PLATED NO. 5
AVERAGE PELLET COUNT: 202
MEASURED VELOCITY @ 10 FT.: 1204

= POINT OF HOLD

13
12
14.6 18.1

9.6
10.5
13.5 13.9

19.7 19.9
12
13.4
The 40E's Anson & Deeley boxlock action
sports Purdy-style double underlumps and
a Greener crossbolt for secure lockup.

Merkel, it receives less personalized
attention than the stocks on the company's more extravagant models. It
bears a linseed oil finish that can be
easily repaired with no need to send
it back to Germany if it were to be
dropped on a grouse hunt. A simple
black, plastic buttplate, reading "Gebr.
Merkel Suhl," tops the butt-and it is
fastened by timed screws.
In lieu of hand-engraving or colorcasehardening, the forged receiver is
nitrided. It appears to have been left in
the white, even though nitriding is a
tough finish. The engraving is a laseretched scroll pattern. It is on both the
receiver sides and the underside. The top
lever and trigger guard bear some laser
engraving as well.
A staffer took the Model 40E to
Five Star Plantation, a southern
hunting venue with a rich history,
on bobwhite quail over pointers. The
gun was also fired on a challenging five-stand course at Five Star, as
well as on several trips to northern
Virginia's Bull Run Shooting Center.

15.3 12.2
13.2
11.7

MODIFIED (0.011")
LEFT

21" INNER CIRCLE: 72 (36%)
30" OUTER RING: 51 (25%)
TOTAL HITS: 123 (61%)

In total, more than 1,200 rounds from
Aguila, Browning, Federal, Fiocchi
and Winchester were fired, both game
and target loads, without a single
malfunction. The extra strength of
the action does not detract from the
gun's liveliness. It points quickly
and swings solidly. It is a gun for
instinctive shots but not whippy if
one needs to stay on a bird. And it
throws nice patterns, as can be seen
from the accompanying table. The
gun was patterned at 40 yds. with
Browning's new BXD Extra Distance

IMPROVED CYLINDER (0.0061")
RIGHT

21" INNER CIRCLE: 55 (27%)
30" OUTER RING: 45 (22%)
TOTAL HITS: 100 (49%)

20-ga., 3" shotshells with 1¼ ozs. of
nickel-plated No. 5 lead shot-a load
designed with late season pheasants
in mind, not the shooter's shoulder
at the patterning board. The RCBS
AmmoMaster clocked the load at 1204
f.p.s. at 10 ft., just shy of the 1250 at
the muzzle listed on the box.
In the Merkel 40E, shooters and
hunters will find a gun that can stand
up to a lifetime of shooting, points
extremely well and has the features
one needs without the ornamentation
many cannot afford.

The American Rifleman has used the phrase "Dope Bag" since at least 1921, when Col. Townsend
Whelen first titled his column with it. Even then, it had been in use for years, referring to a sack used
by target shooters to hold ammunition and accessories on the firing line. "Sight dope" also was a
traditional marksman's term for sight-adjustment information, while judging wind speed and direction
was called "doping the wind."
WARNING: Technical data and information contained herein are intended to provide information based
on the limited experience of individuals under specific conditions and circumstances. They do not detail
the comprehensive training procedures, techniques and safety precautions absolutely necessary to
properly carry on similar activity. Read the notice and disclaimer on the contents page. Always consult
comprehensive reference manuals and bulletins for details of proper training requirements, procedures,
techniques and safety precautions before attempting any similar activity.
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