Sporting Shooter - - Gun Test -

I al­ways en­joy com­par­a­tive test­ing of semi-au­to­mat­ics as I use them so much. The test gun was quite light, un­der 6½lb with its 30" bar­rel. It felt lively, per­haps a litte too lively. It shot well, though.

I had no mal­func­tions with 28g loads (the rec­om­mended min­i­mum). The trig­ger pull was quite heavy, I would say about 5lb, and re­coil was no­tice­able. In­er­tia guns tend to kick more than gas op­er­ated ones as dis­cussed, all the more when they are light.

The qual­ity of the Power Bore’s kills was also no­tice­able – with a Half choke tube in, the pat­terns looked as if they were Full choke. Al­most ev­ery tar­get in­side 30 yards was smoked.

In­trigu­ingly, Benelli have gone the other way to Beretta and Brown­ing, they pre­fer tight bores now as used to be the norm on Con­ti­nen­tal guns. My own ex­pe­ri­ence is that open bores may be more pleas­ant to shoot, but tight ones max­imise pen­e­tra­tion (as you may test for your­self us­ing old tele­phone di­rec­to­ries).

Over­all, this is an out­stand­ing, well-en­gi­neered semi-auto. It is a bit pricey at £2,175, but the Power Bore mod­i­fi­ca­tions seem more than just mar­ket­ing hype – you re­ally could see a dif­fer­ence in the way this gun shot.

I’d also con­sider the ba­sic no bells and whis­tles M1 around £1,000 if you’re look­ing for an in­er­tia-ac­tion workhorse (it stands out as a par­tic­u­lar bar­gain at the mo­ment). Mean­time, the Raf­faello ticks the boxes and looks smart.

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