Over the last 3-4 years I have proved comfortably to myself that a 45/70 lever action can and does take down the largest of our game and cannot be discarded as an unworthy rifle for Africa – there are simply a few things one needs to be aware of and I have addressed these throughout this website. My quest for the ultimate African carrying rifle has seen me try many of the popular bullets and methods, make the small and big fixes recommended for each rifle and I have more often than not been thoroughly surprised at the outcome. I grew up in humble times in a small African country so have hunted what many consider the most dangerous of game with calibers that may have not seem suitable, especially to our modern day experts – BUT when I say that I have proven to myself that the 45/70 is suitable for me, it does come from more than 25 years of experience on dangerous game!
My grandfathers and grandmothers came to Zambia, then part of the Rhodesias, on foot leading teams of oxen pulling great big trek wagons, with worn out shoes and rifles from the boer war slung over their shoulders. Others arrived on the newly built railway line which stopped at Lusaka, the one Owen Letcher Thomas traveled upon and wrote about in his famous hunting book, the furthest most stop north of the day. They were all seeking a new life, a new beginning in a land that was untamed, after a
devastating war in South Africa which robbed many of them not only of land but also their loved ones.