January 2023, Accokeek, MD – Nothing epitomizes the highland hunting experience like a classic-style over-and-under shotgun, and none embodies the fusion of traditional O/U styling with advanced engineering like Benelli’s famed 828U series. For 2023, Benelli takes the 828U series to the next technological level with the introduction of the new 828U Steel model in 12 and 20 gauge.
The 828U series made its mark on the shotgun scene due in large part to its innovative and patented steel lock plate. The steel lock plate locks into the rear of the barrel to contain cartridge pressure and prevent its transfer to the receiver, eliminating receiver and hinge wear and tear that traditional O/U rigs often suffer from. This has helped make the 828U series the preferred choice for O/U fans.
Now, Benelli introduces a new model to the 828U line with the 828U Steel. The 828U steel is made with a steel receiver instead of aluminum. This adds a slight amount of weight to the weapon to help mitigate recoil when using heavier loads and offers a subtle balance shift for smoother swings, even on fast cross shots.
Another standout feature of the new 828U Steel is the addition of the Benelli (BE.ST) surface treatment to the barrels, receiver, and lock plate. This is a proprietary coating that offers superior resistance to corrosion and abrasion, making the shotgun virtually impervious to the harshest environments. In short, the 828U, with its exquisite AA-grade satin walnut stock and fore-end, satin-finished receiver, and polished barrels, may seem like a prized mantle piece, but this pistol is built to withstand harsh field use for years to come.
As with all Benelli 828U shotguns, the 828U Steel includes the company’s announced Progressive Comfort System. Contained within the walnut stock, this system uses three-stage recoil dampers that activate under progressively stronger recoil to provide comfortable recoil mitigation to match loads from light to magnum cartridges. Additional features include impulse-activated ejectors for a stronger, simpler ejector system, removable trigger group for easy cleaning, and 40-point drop and launch adjustment for a custom fit.
The 828U Steel is chambered for 2 3/4-inch and 3-inch shotshells in 12 and 20 gauge. Barrel lengths offered are 26, 28, and 30 inches. child®Also included are chokes treated in C, IC, M, IM and F.
Benelli 828U Steel Specifications
- Camera: 12 and 20 gauge (2 3/4 and 3 inches)
- Barrel Length: 26, 28, 30 in. (12 gauge); 26, 28 in. (20 gauge)
- Total length: 43.25, 45.25, 47.25 inches.
- Average weight: 7.55, 7.65, 7.75 lbs. (12 gauge); 6.85, 6.95 lbs. (20 gauge)
- Sight: fiber optic front with red insert
- Pull Length: 14 3/4 in.
- Heel drop: 2 1/8 in.
- Fall in the comb: 1 1/2 in.
- Choke tubes: C, IC, M, IM, F (Cryo®)
- Metal/Finish (barrels, receiver, lock plate): BETTER
- Values: Walnut grade AA, satin
- MSRP: $3399.00
For more information on Benelli USA premium shotguns and centerfire hunting rifles, visit BenelliUSA.com.
Accokeek, Maryland-based Benelli offers the largest selection of semi-automatic shotguns in the world, as well as a variety of rifles. Since the company’s inception, Benelli has led the world in innovative firearms technology, including the innovative Benelli Inertia Driven system, effective Comfort Tech recoil reduction systems and BE.ST anti-corrosion coatings. Because of this commitment to innovation, they are recognized as the world’s leading manufacturer of premium firearms for competitive shooters, hunters, and defense professionals.