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Gun Review

Gun Review
December 13
08:02 2017

WEB5-13-12-17A gun I shall return with some reluctance – the Kofs Sceptre SXE 28-gauge shotgun

By Marksman.

THE 28-gauge shotgun is a much underrated calibre. Some years ago now I purchased a Benelli Raffaelo semi-automatic in this calibre and was amazed at just how hard-hitting this cartridge turned out to be. Using it for night-time forays after the rabbits with Lyalvale 28g 6s proved it could roll rabbits over virtually as well as my 12-gauge.

Since then I have used a 28-gauge a great deal and found it a real pleasure. So it was with some considerable interest I was able to try out one of the first Sceptre SXE 28-gauges imported by the Sportsman Gun Centre.

This is a Turkish made gun and there is no doubt Turkey has become one of the world’s leading gunmakers. Some of the earlier offerings from that country were a little rough around the edges but not any more. This particular gun is from the Kofs factory and without a doubt is one of the nicest small gauge guns I have seen for a long time.

First impressions always count for a lot and taking the Sceptre from the box certainly impressed. As you would expect coming from Turkey, the woodwork was of high-quality and showed some attractive figuring with the grain running just as it should. Oil finished, it was certainly up to the standard you would expect from a much more expensive gun. The action was heavily etched with a typical European leaf pattern with a black background throwing the silver raised pattern into sharp relief.




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