February 2013

12-Gauge Semi-Automatics: Benelli Ultralight Wins Again

In a December 2012 test, we compared the Ultralight to a lightly used veteran Remington 1100 in 28 gauge, and the Italian came out ahead. This time, new chamberings, new guns, same result.

Benelliís super-lightweight shotguns, the Ultralight line, are touted as being the lightest semi-automatic shotguns in production. Because a lighter gun does not always leave a shooter happy after a long day in the field or an afternoon shooting sporting clays, there are good reasons why shooters would prefer a heavier classic model, such as a favorite of many shooters, the Remington Model 1100. The Model 1100 was first manufactured in 1963, and with more than 50 years of production under its belt, it has earned seniority over newcomers like the Ultralight. But, because age is just a number and the new challenges the old every day, our shooters wanted to see for themselves which gun they would buy. Toward that end, we asked Winkleís Great Guns to get us a Benelli Ultralight Model No. 10802 12 Gauge, $1649; and Remington Model 1100 Sporting No. 25315, $1211, for this showdown.

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