I have two lever guns worthy of taking the Africa or just about any where else. First is a Browning 1886 Carbine 45-70 that had been modified to take 2.8" OAL rounds. Very easy done with a minor loading port mod to get the longer shells in and long throating the chamber. I replaced the rear sight with a Marbles short folding leaf and installed a Williams receiver sight. For recoil management, I've installed a slip-on leather pad made by Cimarron specifically contoured to the carbine butt with a couple Dr Scholls gel pads inside. I load her to launch 405 Woodleighs at about 2100 fps. I used to load her hotter, but brass life was short so, I backed down to a more comfortable and accurate load. My other girl is an original Winchester 1895 (c. 1922) 405 WCF Express Rifle. She wears a deluxe shotgun buttstock w/ the typical hard rubber recoil pad. The rear sight is an original Winchester express sight with one standing and two folding. What I find so interesting about this rifle is the stock wear. You can see the finger indentations in the forearm from being carried on many hunts. There are also a number of notches cut on both the butt (14) and forearm (9) indicating The number of game taken. Though used for her intended purpose, she's been very well taken care of and still crisp with reasonable finish remaining and a lovely bore. Wish I knew more about her history. Anyway, it's hard to imagine going to Africa and not taking her along.