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I just bought the above gun. The 16 ga shotgun was built in 1954 in East Germany by Gebruder Merkel and has ejectors, not extractors. It was made for export. . The BBF was built by Krieghoff in Ulm in 1959 calibers 7X65R and 16Ga and it too has ejectors. The BBF has one rear claw mount base and two front claw mount bases. The current scope is a Hensholdt rail scope, variable power 1.5-6X. The second front claw base is forward of the current scope base and is currently unused. The BBF barrel and scope are marker F Schafhausen (retailer?) II've never seen a BBF with ejectors. How rare are they? I have a rear claw mount aperture sight that I'd like to install on a rear claw base in place of the unused front claw base. Also a taller front sight. The current front sight is a big shotgun bead. Is there someone who could do that? Photos: https://imgur.com/gallery/wzE00TS

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Franz Schafhausen of Hildesheim learned his master craft from a French Arquebusier and apparently received his gunmaking sheepskin as a French apprentice. His stint was from the mid to late 1800 and then his son Friedrich took the reins and pressed on till say 1972 when Wolfgang Paulus was the owner.

I have seen ejector BBFs and Drillings but they are few & far between.

The two bases are for either 2 different bullets or 2 different sighting distances in different environments; like close & far.... Long distance Corn Field shot vs Mt terrain. A hunter would have been well equipped to have such a choice.

On the Gunsmith, I would check with the likes of NECG(New England Custom Gun), Larry Schuknecht of German Hunting Guns or maybe even JJ Perodeau.

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Those 7mm cartridges, 7X57R & 7X65R are excellent choices with phenomenal accuracy. What is the design bullet weight?
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Too, what is the barrel length of the BBF? I have a drilling in 7X65R that is 60.5 cm whilst a BBF in 7X57R that is 60cm.

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The BBF barrels are 23-5/8", or 60 CM. The shotgun barrels are exactly 28". My experience is that export guns had even inch barrel lengths. The Quality 1 stamp on the rear lug of the shotguns barrels was usually applied to export guns. This one has it. That was East Germany trying to earn hard western currency. I doubt that East Germany sold the gun directly to West Germany. I know they sold lots of guns to the Swedes. But this one wound up in Ulm, West Germany somehow for the BBF barrels to be installed.

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It is as I thought and for the most part you will not see the 7X65R chambered in tubes less than 60cm where the maker will switch to 7X57R for the 7mm choice.

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