10 Questions With ScoutLook Hunting: Kent Cartridge

Back then it was a small group of sportsmen discussing the future of shotgunning; today the company is an innovative, international cartridge leader.

by Mark Melotik

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From its new and improved non-toxic Bismuth shotshells aimed at savvy waterfowl and upland hunters, to its complete line of high-performance shotshells ready to serve waterfowlers, uplanders, turkey hunters and target shooters, Kent is ready to make your next outdoor adventure more memorable and productive.

KentBismuth1 600Much has happened at Kent Cartridge since its humble beginnings in 1996. Back then it was a small group of sportsmen discussing the future of shotgunning; today the company is an innovative, international cartridge leader.

From the start the goal was simple; develop a non-toxic shotshell that would equal, and possibly exceed, the performance of high-quality lead waterfowl loads. Today sportsmen around the world are proving that Kent not only accomplished its mission; it surpassed even its own high expectations.

Even better news for sportsmen? The company continues to innovate. Kent’s Tungsten Matrix remains the only true alternative to lead and is the choice for hunters demanding the very best. Fasteel has established a reputation among steel shotshells that is both unrivaled and well deserved; it has rewritten the recordbooks for speed and performance. Upland and turkey hunters are well covered with Kent’s Ultimate Upland, Upland Fasteel and Upland Tungsten Matrix shotshells. And don’t forget to tune up for the season with Kent-Gamebores venerable target loads and Protrial training blanks.

HuntStand: What sets KENT Cartridge apart from the competition—what makes your company unique?

A: KENT Cartridge, unlike the bigger competitors, focuses on the traditional hunter’s needs by providing products of exceptional quality and performance. KENT Cartridge, much like the traditional hunter, is dedicated to environmental issues and continually strives to find solutions that address these concerns.

KentBismuthExploded2 600HuntStand: What are some new developments at KENT Cartridge for 2017?

A: 2016 saw the introduction of Bismuth [See images at top and above], and for 2017 KENT is focusing on expanding the Bismuth product line.


HuntStand: How and when did KENT Cartridge get its start, and where are you currently based?
 KENT was started in 1996 by a small group of hunting enthusiasts concerned about the future of shotgunning, and the interaction of steel shot and its limitations. KENT’s manufacturing is currently based in Kearneysville, WV.

HuntStand: What accomplishment is KENT Cartridge most proud of over the last year?
A: Over the past year, KENT’s proudest achievement is bringing back Bismuth.

KentUltFL5_600HuntStand: How does KENT engage its customers for feedback, ideas, or suggestions for improvement?
A: For this type of feedback we utilize online, social media and dealer/retailer communications with customers.

HuntStand: What are two things most people don’t know about KENT Cartridge?
A. Number one would be that Kent Cartridge has a factory in England and sells products throughout the world. Number two would be, that KENT is the only company in the world that makes and sells its proprietary Tungsten Matrix-Polymer non-toxic shot.

Kent-TealSteel4_600HuntStand: What is your company mission statement?
A: “Performance, Quality and Tradition above all.”

HuntStand: How many people do you employ, and are you currently hiring?
 KENT Cartridge currently employs about 60 employees; currently we are not hiring.

HuntStand: If you could change one thing about KENT Cartridge right now, what would it be?
A: At this time KENT wouldn’t change a thing about who and what we are.

KentBismuth1 600HuntStand: What are some short-range (less than two years) company goals?
A: Expand the Bismuth product line to include larger shot sizes, and continue to develop our famous Fasteel.





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