Benelli ultra light

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  1. rookieshooter

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    Anyone have experience with this auto?
    Only 6 lbs, carbon fiber rib, and alloy reciever.
     
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    I had a new Benelli M2 20ga with a 26 inch barrel that I bought for upland hunting. Gun weighed 5.8 lbs. Nice to carry in the field but it was too light for me to control and swing smoothly. I quickly traded it for a new Zoli EL game 20ga O&U with 30 inch barrels.
     
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    Rookie, I don't know what you are planning to use this gun for if you bought it, but I have owned several 12 ga Benelli's for waterfowl hunting over the years and mine have been bullet-proof. I will tell you that the Benelli's models with the stepped rib (12 & 20ga) shoot a full pattern high using Neil's 13yd POI methodology and confirmed at 39 yards. I have talked with Benelli Customer Service and have told me that Benelli designs them that way. Benelli does not one a single pellet below the point of aim (POA). This also applies to their sister companies who offer shotguns with stepped ribs. That is another reason I got rid of my 20ga M2 for upland hunting.
     
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    Garry, thinking of meat shoots and ata.
    See my thread on ''shooting from hip''. POI is a moot subject since I would build a 12'' to 14'' pedestal mount anyway and will be able to adjust POI easy with Burris ulta small red dot pistol scope.
    I need a really light auto.
    Shot some clays yesterday from hip, it puts the FUN back in shooting. Even the people watching me had fun.
    Do you know if it would cycle 1 oz loads.? I use Claydot powder.
     
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    I would recommend that you call Benelli Customer Service and ask them your questions.

    Phone: (301) 283-6981 (option 2) or (800) 264-4962 (option 2)
     
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    Will do...THANKS
     
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    I bought one for grouse hunting, loved the weight of the gun and had no issues with the swing or handling. My issue was if you just barely brush the bolt against clothing or anything it wouldn't shoot. The issue was with others as well. My opinion is a good 1100 is hard to beat.
     
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    Called , and they said do not shoot 1 oz loads.
    Also patch 2 is right about the bolt issue.
    You guys just saved me $1,400. I'll just keep shooting my heavier 1100, even though i removed the rib.
     
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    In that weight class, I'd prefer a Franchi 48AL. Being a traditional recoil op shotgun, you may have moderately more recoil, but you're talking about a 28 ga so that really isn't relevant. But to my experience they don't come with the problems the Ultra Light has either.
     
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    Much lighter than the 1100's mentioned, and a lot easier to clan.
     
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    It's a great gun. I've got one that I used 1 time 4 years ago hunting Chukar and Quail in Central Calif. It was the last day of the season and I got 7 Quail and 4 Chukar. I have since quit hunting and my nephew is going to get the gun.
     
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    It ain't a Trapgun, kuld be used 4 one thougs spits chew juice.
     
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    I contacted Beneli's tech department, and they said ''do not shoot a tournament Trap shoot with 1 oz loads, may not eject properly''. That's directly from the horses mouth as one can get. So that's a no-go for me.
    In my opinion, the rotary style bolt takes up too much energy.
     
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    A friend of mine shoots a 12 ga Benelli ulta lite every Wednesday on skeet. He shoots 2 to 3 rounds a week & shoots only 1 ounce loads. He loads Clays powder & Claybuster wads. So far no problems with it.
     
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    Hmm, that's interesting...cause I use Clay dot 1 oz in my Rem 1100 and my Perazzi. Never had a cycle problem in the auto loader using the pressures that Clay dot generates. Where as I have with other powders using 1 oz loads. Even 7/8s cycle well.
    The fact that it's not a real trap gun does not bother as much as dependability. Since I now have to shoot from hip, I don't see no part of the gun or even feel the stock. All I know and feel is that my left and right hand is in same axis/plane as the barrel. I could literally shoot a piece of pipe just as well as a $15,000 gun just as long as it prints the pattern well. Now that would be site with a piece of 3/4'' gas pipe with Brily chke tubes.
    I really need to try that gun using Clay dot powder, especially since i now have over 4000 loaded up.
     
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    Load up those 1 oz. reloads with enough Clays powder and the Benelli will think it's a 1 1/8oz load....
     
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