When someone says “Benelli,” what’s the first word that comes to mind? We’ll answer that for you: It’s obviously “shotgun.” Few things on the planet are finer than a Benelli M4 12-gauge. Ballistic fans even gave the Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Semi-Auto Shotgun” to the Benelli M4 H20 Tactical for 2019. Well, now Benelli is synonymous with another word: Bolt-action. That’s right, for the first-time ever Benelli is entering the bolt-action marketing with the all-new Lupo bolt-action rifle.
Benelli Lupo Bolt-Action Details
The manufacturer built the bolt-action centerfire rifle for the hunt. For those of you who need to brush up on your Italian, Lupo translates to “wolf” — AKA an apex predator. Benelli promises “sub-MOA accuracy, superb ergonomics, patented adjustability and unprecedented recoil reduction.”
Initial offerings of the Lupo will be available in three popular bolt-action calibers: .30-06 Springfield, .300 Win. Mag., and .270 Win. However, Benelli told us that other calibers will follow.
The Lupo features a precision CRIO-treated and free-floating barrel. Benelli securely bedded it (steel-to-steel) into the alloy chassis receiver. Benelli also added a 5/8 x 24 threaded muzzle, giving shooters the option of adding a muzzle brake or suppressor. Meanwhile, the barrel attachment system creates an unaltered chamber and “perfect alignment on every gun,” according to Benelli.
As far as capacity goes, Benelli gave the rifle a five-round, double-stack box magazine. A two-position, tang-mounted safety offers ambidextrous manipulation, while the Airtouch Grip surfaces provide a safe and firm hold on the rifle.
Beyond that, the Lupo features a chassis-style construction built from an alloy lower receiver and fitted with a synthetic stock and forend. The stock incorporates Benelli’s patented Progressive Comfort recoil-reducing system and Combtech cheek pad for comfortable shooting; it’s incredibly adjustable. Here’s more on the adjustability from Benelli:
The chassis-style configuration of a separate stock, receiver and forend allow the shooter to customize the Lupo to one of 12 drop and cast positions with the included shims. This is easily expandable to 36 positions by utilizing optional combs. Further fit adjustments can be made with included LOP spacers. Finger reach to the trigger is also adjustable with included spacers that can be placed between the receiver and the stock. Additional fit choices include two raised cheek pad styles and one optional length butt pad.
Lastly, you’re probably wondering about MSRP. The Lupo comes in at $1,699, which completes a pretty solid bolt-action package. Stay tuned for more from us on the Lupo. For more information, please visit BenelliUSA.com.
Benelli Lupo Specs
- Stock/Finish: Black synthetic/black
- Trigger: Adjustable (2.2-4.4 lbs.)
- Barrel: Free-floating CRIO/threaded (5/8×24 threads)
- Capacity: 5+1
- Length of Pull: Adjustable 13.8 – 14.75 inches
- Warranty: 7 years
- MSRP: $1,699
- Barrel Length: 22 inches (.270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield); 24 inches (.300 Win. Mag.)
- Overall Length: 44.625 inches. (.270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield); 46.625 inches (.300 Win. Mag.)
- Overall Weight: 7 pounds (.270 Winchester and .30-06 Springfield); 7.1 pounds (.300 Win. Mag.)
- Rate of Twist: 1:10 RH (.270 Winchester); 1:11 RH (.30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.)