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When the Hunting was Bad

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When the Hunting was Bad

Parts of the story within this article literally came off the bumper of a lorry (commercial truck) driving down a sealed road in Zambia, Africa. Painted on that bumper were the words “When the Hunting was Bad”. Sadly, these five short words sum up the Henry Rifle Africa Project / HRAP. After long conversations with Andy Wickstom, the General Manager of Henry Repeating Arms, the plan of HRAP was to put a Henry Brass lever action rifle chambered in 45/70 into southern Africa for the purpose of hunting medium and large game.

If you do some quick research on the ballistics of the original 45/70 cartridge that the US military introduced in 1873, you will not be all that impressed if you plan on hunting big game with it. Your potential survivability factor if you are hunting Cape Buffalo or Hippopotamus, and only wound one of those very dangerous animals would be questionable. The original Springfield trapdoor, single shot rifles could not take the pressure of some of the modern 45/70 ammo on today's market.

What do you think?

25 Comments
  • Ccbennetsen
    October 19, 2018

    These are ALL great reads! Thank you! I look forward to continuing to read them.

    Clint Bennetsen

    • Rhack1942
      October 19, 2018

      Articles are very very good enjoyed keep it coming

  • mctwinroads
    October 19, 2018

    Excellent!

  • roadrunner638
    October 19, 2018

    Good article. Sounds like Zambia is a rather sleezy country.

  • capyjoe
    October 19, 2018

    Excellent article. I am a Lever Believer!

  • bgshideler
    October 19, 2018

    This has been a very interesting article and enjoyed reading it. My wife is reading “Bury my heart at wounded knee” right now.

  • troop.dragonslayers
    October 19, 2018

    Great and fun story to read about pvt. Stanley. Wonderful account of the Henry Rifle. troop

  • wayrick
    October 19, 2018

    Very good reading. Looking forward for more of the same

  • sethkaplow
    October 19, 2018

    Prideful, simply prideful!!!!!

  • Pirgroup
    October 19, 2018

    Excellent articles, well written.
    Keep it up.
    J.F.

  • shooter700
    October 19, 2018

    Great read, keep’m coming.

  • hshort3
    October 19, 2018

    Still have my 94 and i’m 72 years young

  • ROCKETMAN31472
    October 19, 2018

    Great read! Thanks for publishing it here.

  • Leasedavid74
    October 19, 2018

    That’s messed up

  • MIKEHUGHES9761
    October 19, 2018

    vey good story

  • davesmith_
    October 20, 2018

    Awesome reading online magazine. Please keep them coming – Very much enjoyed…

  • jrfraley310
    October 20, 2018

    My new Henry 22 is my first lever action. I love it as much as my 1938 Winchester model 62 22 caliber pump action & that’s saying something.

  • chiefcharlie60
    October 20, 2018

    This article reminded me of something when I was vert young. I am talking 7 years old or younger and I am 57 now. My mother had a 78 1/3 RPM record on Henry Stanley meeting Dr. David Livingstone in Africa. I don’t remember the whole story but it probably would be quite easy to search it out again. Those records were somewhat old when my mom brought them out for me to hear. I think her mother (my grandmother) probably bought them for her. She had 2 or 3 of these historical stories on those thick records. They were probably vinyl. Thank you for bringing back these memories!

  • roboss6
    October 20, 2018

    Sad it is so bad there. Poachers should be shot. I hope the rifle gets in the museum. Fascinating story.

  • davenap43
    October 21, 2018

    I am a Henry owner. I have a 22lr octagon. I love it. I take it to the range almost every week. my friends have to shoot it. very accurate, lots of fun to shoot. very good looking rifle. I read all the stories and they were very interesting. Looking forward to the next issue. Thanks, Dave

  • dgpatterson2
    October 21, 2018

    Really enjoyed the article. The story is a sign of our times unfortunately but the attempt was a good one. By the way, your rifle is still the best looking original firearm in the world. Keep trying new things, you are appreciated.

  • strongco
    October 22, 2018

    Terrific. Great job Tony.

  • chester.salisbury
    October 23, 2018

    Greetings,
    Lever guns are my favorite for many reasons. The Henry’s are fantastic! Hopefully, there is a .410 and .44 magnum in my future.
    As for the Zambia / Africa situation… The destructive results of poverty and corruption are never going to change until whatever resources they have are gone.
    Ignorance in action is fightening to see. They have a lock on it.

    Chet Salisbury

  • lfflasphalt
    October 29, 2018

    Wish the animal rights activists who seek to ban legal hunting and import of trophys from outside the US could see the devastation thier misguided policies contribute too.
    I live in a free state so I own a full featured modern sporting rifle simply because I can. But, honestly, it spends more time in the safe while my lever actions and single shot spend more time in the desert being used. I just ordered a Skinner peep sight for my .357 big boy carbine. I turned 50 this year an that buckhorn is getting hard to see.