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For truly big game, African hunters rely on double rifles with powerful chamberings. Unfortunately, a big-bore double can be extremely expensive. But European American Armory (EAA) has begun importing affordable Baikal double rifles, including the MP221, which author Mike Beliveau was able to test in the upcoming November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower.

Traditional double rifles can cost tens of thousands of dollars because the makers have to regulate each barrel, through an extensive testing process, to get them firing where they sbould be. Yet the MP221 has an MSRP of $1,084. How did Baikal do it? According to Beliveau, “Baikal eliminates that cost because they don’t regulate the barrels. Instead, they equip the barrels with a jackscrew mechanism that allows you to regulate them yourself. So, in a sense, Baikal exchanges the expensive labor of the trained craftsman for your own, presumably free, labor.”

Aside from this, the rifle is equipped with fast sights, classic wooden furniture, and a durable, reliable break action. Was Beliveau able to adjust the barrels and get on target? To find out more, check out the November 2013 issue of Rifle Firepower, available on newsstands and digitally August 13, 2013. To subscribe, go to http://riflefirepower.com/subscribe.

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