I also have a NEF Handi Rifle with only a 12g rifled barrel which I bought while working in Michigan in 1995.
Have taken no meat with it yet.
My wife comes also from the Markredwitz area.
I will be in Wunsiedel for 1st May roebuck season start.
USA in Sept/Oct 2009.
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...