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.