Several years ago I bought a great old British Martini-Henry rifle.
Made by BSA in or around 1879, it had a great bore, and shot well with a load of 85 grains of Swiss 1 1/2 F under a 480 grain Buffalo Arms bullet.
While it shot pretty well at the range, and I have even hunted with it a few times, I had never had the opportunity to take an animal with it until now.
My friend Dan's company owns a hunting preserve upstate, and he invited me to a doe hunt on their last weekend for this season.
I had one last chance to make meat with the big single shot.
We chased 'em around quite a bit, and I shot over one, but finally the stars aligned and we had a nice Sika doe at a do-able range for an antique rifle with iron sights, and a hunter with antique eyes.
I got her lined up, touched off one of those big bottle shaped .577/450's, and when the smoke cleared she was down.
An interesting project, a fun hunt, and meat in the freezer.
A fun couple of days upstate, and a great end to the 2019 hunting season.