April 29, 2011
Rifle Review: The Krieghoff Semprio Slide Action Big Game Rifle, Part II
By David E. Petzal
The Semprio shares a number of features with the Blaser R8. You can interchange barrels and bolt heads. It takes down for travel. It operates with a decocker instead of a safety so you can keep a round chambered with no danger of the gun going off. And it is accurate.
My test rifle, a .30/06, was one of the most consistent-shooting guns I’ve ever taken to the range. It produced the occasional sub-moa group, but more important, it shot five different brands of ammo and two different bullet weights (150- and 165-grain) with boring excellence. A bad group was 1.3-inch; a good group was 1.1-inch. There was nothing you could feed it that it would not digest. I don’t know whether this was by accident or on purpose, but I’ll take it any day.
Despite the light barrel and compact length, it weighed 9 pounds with a big Leica scope aboard. Part of the weight came from a sensational, dark, highly figured Turkish walnut stock that was possibly more gorgeous than Ms. Elisha Cuthbert.
Speaking of gorgeous, the Semprio comes in its own fitted case which is a thing of beauty and which, unfortunately, shrieks “STEAL ME!” to all who behold it. If you have a brain in your head you’ll get a plain padlocking aluminum case to travel with.
There are all sorts of options available; cartridge groups, engraving, finishes, wood upgrades, and recoil reducers. And none of it is cheap; my rifle, which is the base grade, sells for $4,690, and I can tell you that if I had that kind of money, my test gun would never have gone back to Krieghoff. The Semprio is a remarkable firearm.