Lin­coln Vogue HSX Sporter 12-bore

The Hunter Sport­ing Cross-over is in­tended to be a gun for ev­ery job, from game shoot­ing to clays, and for Roger Glover it ticks all the boxes

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The Lin­coln Vogue HSX is the lat­est devel­op­ment of the Vogue game gun. The HSX, or Hunter Sport­ing Cross-over, is de­signed for clays as much as for game or rough shoot­ing and is Lin­coln’s at­tempt to please all par­ties and cre­ate a sin­gle gun for ev­ery job.

The 30in bar­rel length is pretty much stan­dard for most guns these days — long enough for a good swing and a bit of reach, yet not un­gainly in a pi­geon hide. Cham­bered at 3in and chromed right through, you can use it with steel shot or any other non-toxic load.

The side ribs are vented, both as a weight re­duc­tion and to aid bar­rel cool­ing in repet­i­tive fir­ing sit­u­a­tions. The top rib is at the typ­i­cal Sporter width of 11mm, par­al­lel along its length and heav­ily ven­ti­lated to re­tain a clear sight pic­ture. A ma­chined triple groove track draws your eye to the red op­ti­cal fore­sight el­e­ment.

Both bar­rels fea­ture mul­ti­chokes. These are Lin­coln’s XP70 chokes: 70mm over­all length, 50mm of which is in­side the bar­rel and 20mm ex­ter­nal. Dou­ble knurled bands are there for grip, but if you have a choke re­sist ex­trac­tion there is a pro­vi­sion in the form of four slots and a key to drive it. The gun comes with a selec­tion of five chokes, from cylin­der through to full, all bright plated to stave off cor­ro­sion and add a lit­tle glint to the aes­thet­ics.

The ac­tion is taken di­rectly from the Vogue game gun, which in turn was a devel­op­ment of the Pre­mier Gold. This is a strong ac­tion, sim­ple by de­sign, eco­nomic in its pro­duc­tion and has been used for long enough to have proven its worth in the field.

“The 30in bar­rels are pretty stan­dard — long enough for a good swing but not un­gainly in a hide”

Though the cross-bolt is the full width of the breech­face, the bite in the lumps only mates up to half of that width — not a vast contact area by any means, but the bite is very low in the block rel­a­tive to the hinge pivot point. The trun­nions them­selves, though, are of a de­cent di­am­e­ter to af­ford a good bear­ing sur­face and con­sis­tent lock-up. The ham­mers are driven by coil springs, the most pop­u­lar method, whereas the sears and

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