When asked what he hunts with, SCI Member Mike L. replied with an unusual brace of guns he recently took to South Africa. Mike writes:
“Last year I had the good fortune to hunt in the eastern cape of South Africa. I was hunting at East Cape Safaris located near Somerset East. I wanted the hunt to be something a bit different from what most hunters do, so I chose to take a flintlock Kentucky rifle and a miniature (20% smaller) Sharps model 1874. I wanted to hunt with open sights one more time in my life.
“The miniature Sharps was made by Little Sharps Manufacturing at Big Sandy, Montana, by Ron Otto and Aaron Pursley. The rifle has a 29-inch octagonal barrel and is chambered in the old .38-72 Winchester with a .375 bore. The smokeless loads are the equivalent of a .375-06 or a .375 Scovil. I was able to make effective kills with open sights to 300 yards with it utilizing Barnes .375 250-grain TTSX bullets.
“The second rifle is a .54 caliber Kentucky flintlock rifle in .54 caliber with a 42-inch swamped and flared barrel. It was made by rifle maker Charles Heistand of Marietta, Pennsylvania. A 230-grain roundball proved very effective. The sugar based Sanadex powder available in South Africa shot clean and ignited quite easily. I used this rifle on medium sized game and for culling springbok from the herds.”