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 Post subject: Returning a Merkel O/U Lever to center
PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:59 pm 
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I feel pretty dumb, but I can’t figure out how to return the top lever of my Merkel to center when the barrels and forend are removed. There’s no breech face buttons like on a typical Italian gun. Can anyone explain how to do this? Thanks! (Model 2001EL)



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 Post subject: Re: Returning a Merkel O/U Lever to center
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:11 am 
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I've reviewed catalogues & manuals and I just do not think it is possible. Internally the toplever is rigidly positioned there until re-assembly.

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 Post subject: Re: Returning a Merkel O/U Lever to center
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:46 am 
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There has to be SOMETHING in the receiver of the Merkel that tells the top lever to return to center when the barrels and/or the forend are assembled to the receiver. I just don't know what that "something" is because I don't have a Merkel here to experiment with.

However, I'm reasonably sure that if you start probing, pushing, sliding, moving or somehow applying pressure to some part or parts inside the receiver, you should be able to find the combination needed to move the top lever to center. That's just the way that machinery works. There's no "brain" or electronic parts inside this gun to tell it when the barrels are installed on the receiver, so there has to be some little bar, button, slide, lever, or something that moves when the barrels and/or the forend are assembled onto the receiver. The OP's job is to find it. :) :)

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 Post subject: Re: Returning a Merkel O/U Lever to center
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:41 pm 
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OP, why do you think you should do that. I’ve never heard of that before.

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 Post subject: Re: Returning a Merkel O/U Lever to center
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:09 pm 
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If I read the post correctly, you have the receiver off the barrel/for-end and the lever is in the open barrel position. I have two different Merkel's that have different release methods.

M203 has a button on the Breech face that must be depressed while the lever is held to it's most open position and then ride lever to center position.

M200 has a Lever that projects from the right side of action close to the Breech, follow above procedure to release lever.

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 Post subject: Re: Returning a Merkel O/U Lever to center
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:14 pm 
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OP, why do you think you should do that. I’ve never heard of that before.


My purposes would be to protect ab otherwise protruding Kirsten bolt while the gun is traveling in its takedown case, but one would also want the top lever to be in the closed position if the stock needed to come off in order to avoid damaging the stock.

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 Post subject: Re: Returning a Merkel O/U Lever to center
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:20 pm 
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gthudspeth wrote:
If I read the post correctly, you have the receiver off the barrel/for-end and the lever is in the open barrel position. I have two different Merkel's that have different release methods.

M203 has a button on the Breech face that must be depressed while the lever is held to it's most open position and then ride lever to center position.

M200 has a Lever that projects from the right side of action close to the Breech, follow above procedure to release lever.

Good Luck,

Gene


Thanks Gene. There’s no button on my breech face, so I’ll try the M200 method. My 2001 has a small lever that protrudes from the right side of the receiver, similar to your gun I’d imagine. Unfortunately, I’ll have to wait a week or two to try it out, since I’m having a new recoil Pad fitted to replace the squashed kick-eez that’s on there now. I dropped it off at the smith the day after I made this post. (D’oh!)



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