Big Hammer

Howa’s 1500 in .375 Ruger packs serious punch for the biggest, most dangerous game.

Howa rifles, imported by Legacy Sports International in Reno, Nevada, are quickly gathering a serious following among hunters. These bolt guns are accurate, tough and reasonably priced. And now Howa offers their 1500 line chambered for the .375 Ruger. This means you get big money punch at a budget price.

Rick Homme of LSI sent me a new Howa 1500 Ruger for testing last year. The .375 Ruger is a seriously capable cartridge that produces over two tons of muzzle energy yet shoots relatively flat (for a big gun). Best of all, the .375 Ruger was designed by Hornady engineers to fit in standard (.30-06) length actions. No big action equals less weight and lower cost.
Let me say that this is not a beginner gun. You won’t be shooting woodchucks with this thing (Howa makes other guns for that) and your fourth or fifth group from the bench will open up a little. That’s not because the Howa doesn’t shoot well; for a dangerous game rifle the Howa is extremely accurate. The reason you will not be shooting perfect little cloverleafs is because the .375 is a thumper! However, it has the accuracy and reliability neccessary to keep you alive when you are facing the world’s most dangerous game. I’d love to take this gun with me the next time I head to Africa. Then we will see if Howa’s big boomer is capable of taking on the big stuff.
Check out my full article on the Howa in the current issue of Gun World magazine.
To learn more about this rifle or to order your own Howa .375 visit

Brad, Craig and Papa in Atlanta

Brad and outdoor writer and TV host Craig Boddington with Ernest Hemingway’s .577 Nitro Express double rifle. Today the gun is owned by a private individual who allowed Craig to keep it in his booth in Atlanta.
I had a rare chance to see a special piece of sporting history at The African Hunting Show in Atlanta, a gun that Ernest Hemingway carried while on safari in East Africa. Hemingway referenced the rifle several times in his Look magazine articles and it was also included in his book The Green Hills of Africa. Such a gun rarely makes its way into the public spotlight but Craig Boddington, noted outdoor writer, editor, television and video host, knows the rifle’s owner and managed to have the gun displayed at his booth at the Atlanta show. Also in Boddington’s booth were two of F.C. Selous’ rifles. Craig wrote the foreword for my upcoming book Morning Shadows, Evening Sun.
The African Hunting Show was a success and a wonderful opportunity to meet with editors, safari company owners, PHs and related professionals. In addition, lectures that touched on several different aspects of African hunting were free to attendees. Not all the rifles at the show were historical, though. Gulf Breeze Firearms had several beautiful Dakota bolt guns on display and some wonderful Krieghoff doubles. One particulr Krieghoff in .470 Nitro Express fit my shoulder extremely well. Someday…