Everything you need to know when considering the Benelli M2.
A Midwest Flyways Review
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I’ve had my M2 for about a month now and I gotta say, I straight up love it. We’ll see how it stacks up in the first season, but from what I have read, I think it will be able to handle the cold weather and harsh conditions.
From what I’ve been able to test so far, the gun pulls up really nice and sits well for a variety of people. The recoil reduction is on point. I went through several boxes and felt just fine. It comes with 5 choke tubes, but the full choke says not to use steel shot with it, so if you want to shoot with a full choke, I would recommend getting something like the Pattern Master Code Black. Check this link to see the difference between that and the Improved modified choke that comes with your gun.
I thought it was a nice touch that the gun came with a case. However, in order to use it, you have to take the barrel off which gets old after the second or third time. The breakdown is pretty quick, not as fast as the super Vinci but definitely easy. Just a quick removal of the end cap and the barrel slides right out. Speaking of the barrel, the M2 comes with a number of different barrel lengths. This one is 28” and it definitely makes those long shots a little easier to hit.
This is an inertia driven shotgun, which I am a big fan of. It makes it really easy to clean and take care of. Not to say that gas driven isn’t good, I’ve just had good experiences with inertia driven.
One thing that takes a little getting used to, is the shell lifter. I noticed that if I don’t run my thumb along the slide, it gets caught when I pull it out and pinches me pretty good. Another work around for this is to use your other finger to push the slide up while loading the extra shells.
The gun is pretty light coming in at 7.1 lbs. unloaded. Lighter than the SBE II that weighs 7.3 lbs., but heavier than the Super Vinci that weighs 7 lbs. I compare these guns because the M2 has a retail price from $1400 – $1500, while the SBE II and Super Vinci retail from $1600 – $1800. The M2 is the only one out of those guns that cannot take 3.5-inch shells, but unless you’re goose hunting, I don’t think you will miss the extra half-inch.>>Subscribe