Shotgun Review: The Benelli 828U Sport - Made For The Target Shooter
Benelli's 2015 release of the original 828U O/U shotgun, revealed a revolutionary design and a truly refreshing surprise from Benelli, a renowned Italian manufacturer better known for their semi-automatic shotguns.
Back in 2018, the 828U Sport was finally revealed to US consumers and once again we were taken by surprised.
Essentially, the 828U Sport is based on the revolutionary 828U with its patented and innovative steel locking plate, streamlined receiver, and 40-position adjustability, however it now comes with additional features specifically for target shooting.
A crucial factor to consistent performance is balance. Benelli engineers have realized that and adapted that ideology to the 828U's innovative system through the use of a combination of small weights in the buttstock. By simply adding or removing these weights , the user changes the center of balance fore and aft, allowing the shooter to balance the 828U Sport to their preferred shooting style.
Benelli gunsmiths outfitted the 828U with their patented Steel Locking System. The heart of Benelli's Steel Locking System is a solid steel breech block that locks directly to the monoblock, containing all pressure from the shotshell and preventing its transfer to the receiver and hinge pins. This eliminates wear and tear on the receiver and hinge that cause traditional O/U's to fail.
Benelli engineers additionally paired the internal Steel Locking System with a steel receiver. The additional weight in the center of the gun creates a system that is well-balanced and aids in reducing felt recoil during the thousands of shots fired with a target gun.
One of the 828U's flagship features is it's ability to create up to 40 possible stock positions. The kit makes it easier for the 828U Sport shooter to easily adjust to find a proper alignment and fit without the added time and expense of stock modifications.
Another enjoyable feature of the 828U Sport is it's customizable trigger. The trigger can be moved forward or backward so your finger sits exactly where you want. On the same note, a wide carbon-fiber rib on the 828U Sport features an integrated sight channel that guides your eye to the front white bead for consistent and precise alignment along the sight plane.
Each 828U Sport comes with a choke wrench and 5 extended nickel/red Crio® chokes in C, IC, M, IM, F.
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