A Lot of Gun… A Long Way From Here

by
posted on July 18, 2011
keefe2015_fs.jpg

As this is written, I am less than 24 hours away from a very long airplane ride that will put me, with stops and layovers, in the fabled Caprivi Strip in Namibia three days from now. The rifle I am taking—the Kimber Caprivi—is named for that strip of land in Northeastern Namibia that linked what was formerly German South West Africa to the Zambezi River and Germany’s former colony on the East African coast, Tanganyika. Named for German diplomat Leo von Caprivi, who negotiated a deal with the British for the land in 1890, the Caprivizipfel in German remains one of the wildest parts of Africa, chocked full of African game, including those of the dangerous variety.

Once there, I will be joining up with professional hunter Jamy Traut from Jamy Traut Hunting Safaris, who I have hunted with twice before, to test out the rifle resting in my crammed SKB case, which is similar to the one I wrote up for the November 2007 issue in “Born Of Africa: The Kimber Caprivi.” While that one was chambered in .375 H&H Mag., the Caprivi I’m taking is a bolt-action, dangerous-game rifle—really a magazine rifle in the parlance of those hunting Africa in the Golden age—chambered in the .458 Lott.

I know probably a little too much about the cartridge from another story I wrote in November 2003: “All Business: The .458 Lott.” The stock design of the Caprivi, on which I was consulted, is the best of the American factory dangerous game rifles today. It is thin where it can be and heavy where it must be. The comb is straight and the footprint of the butt pad is wide to better spread the 5,870 or ft.-lbs. of energy produced by pulling the trigger on a Federal Premium cartridge with a 500-grain Trophy bonded Sledgehammer. Shooting the Lott is not a lot of fun with a rifle with a poorly designed stock, but quite manageable with the Kimber.

Latest

Federal Custom Shop Ammunition F
Federal Custom Shop Ammunition F

Federal Custom Shop Offers Custom Loads For Springfield Model 2020 Waypoint

Federal's Custom Shop now offers handcrafted ammunition designed particularly for use in Springfield Armory's Model 2020 Waypoint rifle.

The Taurus Judge Story

Originally started as a gimmick by Taurus with its .45 Long Colt revolvers, the Judge line has established itself in the market as a potent compact package with its .410 bore chambering.

Rossi's Model R92: A Popular Brazilian-Made Lever-Action

The Rossi USA R92 line—based on the Winchester Model 1892—continues that tradition with versions that satisfy everyone from traditionalists who insist on the warmth of wood, to gun owners who demand modern touches.

Favorite Firearms: Granddad’s Winchester Model 62A

Once his grandfather's gun, a pump-action Winchester Model 62A became a personal favorite for NRA member Mike Shoemake.

Preview: Breek Arms Warhammer Micro Mod2 Charging Handle

Breek Arms recently introduced a Micro version of its Warhammer Mod2 AR-15 charging handle, with shortened bilateral latches that measure 2.4" across both handles.

Post-Black Friday 2022 Industry Deals

There is no shortage of post-Black Friday deals. Judging by the ongoing deals, gun and gear makers have no intention of losing that momentum for the 2022 holiday season.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.