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
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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