Gun Report

Benelli R1 .30-06

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The R1 had a number of positives: relatively light weight, stylish looks, a fitted hard case, gorgeous wood, modular design, customizable stock, good trigger — but a gun that cost hundreds less outshot it with all test ammos.

Benelli R1 .30-06

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Length of Pull
Action Type
Action Finish
Barrel Finish
Trigger Pull Weight

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The controls on the R1 are well thought out, we believe. The bottom arrow points to the magazine release, which sits just below the action release lever. The top arrow shows how well the magazine blends into the receiver.
Great-looking wood was highlighted with a nice, even satin-gloss finish and sharp grip checkering. The buttpad was interchangeable, but wasn't as cushy as the Remington R3.
We have castigated plenty of manufacturers for not including the appropriate mounting hardware for scopes. Not Benelli - a Picatinny rail drilled to match the receiver holes was included in the R1's shipping box. This saves time and trouble.

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