Next weekend I am fortunate enough to be heading to Tanzania for 3 weeks of hunting and photography in the Rungwa bush, from my side, this is long overdue! It has been a good few years now since I last took the time to go to Africa, so I am looking forward to it very much.
I don’t actually ‘own’ a double rifle, I have plenty at my hands but not one with SC on the oval, I find it more interesting to try whatever happens to be lying around at the time. Hence the photographs of Sutherland’s .577. I went to the vault this morning to see what we had and put my hands on this, thinking that I should give it a trip back to the bush. Alas, there is no Elephant where I am going and anyway I think this rifle ( is too heavy for an old fart ) and only deserves that sort of hunt, if it is to return to Africa it should be to do what it is used to doing.
I am taking instead the ‘baby brother’ a .500 WR and the back up a Leica M.
If there is any rifle I have held which has stories to tell, this is the one. It has hardly any checkering left, oil oozes from the stock, is bruised and dented but is tight and fast to the shoulder. A quite wonderful rifle.