Every once in a while, a gun is introduced that cries out for discussion. The new Benelli 828U over/under game gun is one.
Just the outward look of the gun suggests that it is something different. Its designer lines are not traditional. The barrel/receiver lockup system allows for use of an ultra-light receiver, which is very nice for a gun that is intended to be carried in the field all day.
BENELLI 828U NICKEL is a distinctive shotgun, designed for high performance in the field. This is a thoroughbred hunting shotgun.
“For the double-gun purist, Benelli’s newest offering delivers the mandatory point-ability, custom comb and drop adjustments and the kind of ergonomic feel and balance inherent to all fine shotguns,” Benelli reported. “The 828U is at once both contemporary and beautifully practical, from the smooth body and exquisite checkering to the wide, low-profile rib bridge, no side rib and monoblock treatment.”
The 828U features floating crio barrels and crio chokes, weight-reducing carbon fiber rib and high-grade alloy receiver, complimented by walnut stock, and forearm.
Durable steel-on-steel hinges, removable guard and easy-to-remove trigger system make for easy cleanup when the hunt is done.
The 828U comes in nickel-engraved and black anodized models and both sport interchangeable 26-inch or 28-inch barrels.
Drop and cast fine regulation means the gun can be tuned to 40 unique, personal settings in order to get that perfect fit and sight picture. The recoil-taming Progressive Comfort System is integrated into the 828U and helps keep muzzle flip to a minimum.
WHEN BROKEN OPEN, the Benelli 828U shows that fast reloading is easy, and that there is plenty of clearance for the gun to spit out empties when speed is required in hunting situations.
“From the first prototype to the final design, the 828U started and finished as a hunter’s shotgun—the style, weight and comfort which field and sport shooters appreciate is apparent the first time you pick one up,” said Tom Kaleta, VP of Marketing for Benelli USA.
The nickel-engraved version comes in at $2,999 retail, and the black-anodized model at $2,499 retail. The 828U will be available at Benelli authorized dealers in the summer of 2015.
Barrel Length: 26" and 28"
Weight: 6.5 and 6.6 lbs.
Finish: AA-Grade satin walnut with anodized or nickel-plated receiver
Crio® Chokes: C, IC, M, IM, F
Sights: Fiber-optic front sight with red insert
Drop at Heel: 2-1/8"
Drop at Comb: 1-1/2"
MSRP: $2,499 or $2,999 depending on receiver finish.
For information visit www.benelliusa.com.
Throughout history, companies have come out with designs that challenge the traditional parameters of visual perspective. Sometimes they are embraced by the marketplace, sometimes not.
Or, sometimes they create a kind of “cult” following, as has been the experience of Browning’s Cynergy over/under.
Certainly the price point of Benelli’s new model is squarely in the wheelhouse. The challenge for the company will be to get hunters to actually put their mitts on the new gun.
Aesthetics aside, there is no question that this gun handles extremely well and, given the company’s track record, I don’t doubt that they will work fine (haven’t had an opportunity to put one through the paces).
I predict that the 828U will do just fine. There is always room for another good gun.
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Steve Comus is a nationally recognized hunting editor with Safari Club International and a former WON Guns and Hunting Editor. His column appears every other week in WON and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.