Benelli started the release of the Vinci series with a swirl of mystery. A glass case at SHOT show with nothing but a plastic case inside and two guards standing in front of it. Genius. Who didn’t want to know what was in the case? Of course, it was the Vinci, a modular-designed shotgun that had several new things going for it. Who had ever heard of a one-piece barrel-action design on a shotgun? Then to have the trigger and magazine and buttstock be separate pieces that could all be assembled in relative short order. And what about the recoil system? No, this was a new gun indeed.
Follow up a year later and what do we get? The aptly named Super Vinci. It featured all the same design elements of the Vinci, but was chambered in 3.5″ magnum 12 gauge. Goose and turkey hunters were exited and eager to get their hands on this new Benelli. I know. I was one of them.
I had the opportunity to “live” with the Super Vinci for a whole hunting season. It started right before Michigan’s Early goose season. I took the scattergun to task on some clays in the backyard and noticed it didn’t care for light field loads. It shot them, but wasn’t cycling as fast as it did with bigger loads with a little more “umph” behind themYou best be feeding this beast with something a little on the heavier side. Once you started feeding it what it likes, the Super Vinci sings.
My test gun was a MAX-4 cam, waterfowler model with a 28-inch barrel. It came in the distinctive Vinci hard case with an assortment of Benelli’s Crio-Choke choke tubes and oil designed specifically for Benelli shotguns. The finish was bright and vibrant and it really stood out in my gun cabinet but not in the field, which is important.
Benelli stated the gun weighed in at 7 pounds and that is pretty accurate. It doesn’t even feel 7 pounds, however, when you’re using it because of the balance.
I cut my teeth shooting 3-1/2-inch loads out of a Mossberg 835 that was unproved and had a 24-inch barrel. I love that gun but it took a toll on my shoulder. I’ve shot the larger loads out of many a gun since and found the the Super Vinci handles them very well. As with any shotgun that shoots a 3-1/2 -inch load, you have to mount the gun correctly to your shoulder.
The Super Vinci is no different. But the gun was designed with a few things to relieve the forces the recoil will deliver upon the shooter. The stock features Benelli’s ComforTech recoil pad and Plus system that allows the butt to slide across your face as you shoot. It sound weird, but it does work. The gun also feature’s Benelli’s Inline Inertia system, which cycles the action based upon the recoil of the initial fired shell. It works fast and no one does recoil-operated systems better than Benelli. You want a shotgun to go “boom” when you want it to go “boom.” The Super Vinci goes “boom, boom boom” as fast as you’ll need it to. The felt-recoil is less than most other shotguns in the class. I was impressed.
I had the opportunity to be the guest of Benelli and Federal Premium ammunition on a pheasant hunt in South Dakota. Federal was showcasing their new Prairie Storm FS Steel load, a nontoxic upland game load based on the ever popular Black Cloud waterfowl ammo. We had a plethora of new Benelli’s to play with. Several ultralight shotguns like the 20 gauge Montrefello and the awesome new Legacy 28 gauge. In past experiences, I learned to not take a 12 gauge pheasant hunting. Not because it was too much gun, it’s just usually heavy. Along with all those beautiful upland guns, were several Vincis and Super Vincis, and I have to admit, I more often than not grabbed one of those for our hunts.
So how’d it do? The guns did anything I could have asked. They killed birds, felt good and worked well. Never had an issue.
The Outwrite Truth.
The bottom line on buying a Super Vinci is that you want a gun that will shoot every time, is light weight and superbly balanced and will shoot any load you put through it reliably and accurately. That is why you buy a Benelli. I have a friend in the outdoor industry who said something about Benelli fans being as loyal as they come. There is a reason for that, I replied. I like shotguns that work when I want them to, regardless of the conditions, the loads or anything else. That is what you get with the Super Vinci.