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In 2009, Benelli introduced its brand new Vinci line. At the time, it made a big splash, and rightfully so. The Vinci is not just a rehash of older designs from the 1960’s. It was nothing short of a revolution, and it changed the way semi-auto shotguns were viewed. When the Vinci was launched, it was hailed as being the most lightweight, fastest shooting, most accurately balanced semi-automatic shotgun in the world. Benelli took a lot of pride in their newest achievement, and its simplicity and efficiency were unparalleled. Two years later, Benelli unveiled their newest creation – the Super Vinci.
Benelli Super Vinci Shotgun Review
With the release of their new and improved Super Vinci, Benelli introduced an enlarged safety button, improved checkering, as well as a slimmer design for the trigger guard. This was done because the Super Vinci can shoot 3.5″ shots, which pack one hell of a punch. On the older Vinci models, the trigger guard had the option of getting in the way once that recoil hit. It had the potential to throw the shooter off, and obstruct recovery. With the new design, that problem has been virtually eliminated, and the shotgun handles much better. Another change with the Super Vinci is the slenderer forearm, which unlike the older models does not get wider as it approaches the muzzle. This acts as a better fit for most shooters’ hands, especially when wearing gloves. The Super Vinci has the ComforTech Plus stock, which is a real blessing. When you fire off a 3.5″ shell, you better believe you are going to require some comfortable padding and superior ergonomics. Of course, just because the gun has the ability to fire 3.5″ shells, it doesn’t mean that it must be used for that purpose. I feel that if you are a good enough shot, you could use 2¾ loads and achieve the same results. Regardless of the 3.5″ shooting capabilities, the Super Vinci is a work of art and is definitely befitting of taking the Master’s name.
Both the Vinci and Super Vinci are built the same, overall, and have three main sections – stock, trigger group, and receiver/barrel. They come together and can be taken apart in seconds, and this makes it that much easier to assemble/disassemble the shotgun, maintain it, lube it, clean it, and store or transport it. The Super Vinci is one of the most lightweight, well-balanced, and accurate semi-automatic shotguns available today, and Benelli knew what they were doing when they released it. They gave people the Vinci, and two years later introduced the next generation of Vinci. The Super Vinci is available only in 12 gauge, chambered for 2¾”, 3″, and 3½”. It comes in 2 different barrel lengths (26″, 28″), 4 different finishes (Black Synthetic, Realtree Max-5, Realtree APG, and Gore Optifade Concealment – Marsh), and has a 3+1 magazine capacity. The different models come with 5 choke tubes – cylinder, improved cylinder, modified, improved modified, and full choke – treated with Benelli’s own Crio system. There are also red bar front and beaded mid sights.
The weight of the Super Vinci is approximately 7 lbs., and the manufacturer suggested retail price for the various models is $1,799 or $1,899. Other standard features which the Super Vinci is equipped with are choke tube wrench, shim kit, and a hard case. Optional features include a gun sock, ComforTech recoil pads and inserts, extended Crio chokes in black matte or chrome, and three special purpose extended chokes, designed for specific targets (turkey, waterfowl, long-range waterfowl).
Common Problems with the Benelli Super Vinci
Failure to feed is probably the most common problem reported with the Super Vinci. What some people fail to internalize is that the Super Vinci is a shotgun designed to handle 3½” shells. Using smaller loads (standard skeet or trap) may cause them to not feed as reliably. Benelli reps recommend breaking the gun in with 100 or 200 3″ heavy shells. Using smaller shells, especially in the beginning, means that there may be cycling issues in the firearm, which is meant to handle much larger loads. Once it is broken in, there is usually no trouble with shooting anything which the Super Vinci can chamber. Another common reason for a failure to feed issue is improper shouldering of the weapon.
Another issue which some people encounter isn’t really an issue, per se, but rather a case of inconvenience and adaptation. The safety button of the Super Vinci is located in front of the trigger, and that could take some getting used to. This is true especially for those of us who have been shooting firearms with the safety located at the back or sides. Some people are only content with a thumb-operated safety, which is why the Super Vinci got some heat for its safety location. For those with smaller hands, it can be a bit of a stretch, and sometimes all you have is a few milliseconds before your bird is gone. No time for fumbling with a safety. But again, that is not something which is innately flawed or wrong with the Super Vinci, but rather a case of adjustment. Safety is a vital subject when it comes to shotguns, so it’s not tough to see why the safety button has been such a polarizing issue for the Super Vinci.
The third and final common issue is an aesthetic one. Some people love the way it shoots, but cannot get over the way it looks. That is a judgment call, obviously. A shotgun’s beauty is in the eye of the shooter. I happen to think it looks unique, but the most important thing is that it does not stand out in the field. And in that respect, the Super Vinci does a fine job.
Whether you are after turkey, dove, or ducks; whether you are shooting trap, skeet, or sporting clays; the Super Vinci is a shotgun which is perfect for sports and hunting alike. For waterfowlers, it is a dream gun, able to take those heavy 3½ loads that some hunters cannot live without. The recoil recovery and overall balance of the gun make it one of the best semi-auto shotguns out there. It shoots in heat and dryness, cold and wetness, snow, mud, and wind. Watch out for that 3½ magnum kick, though!
Sure, the Super Vinci has a couple of issues, but they are ones which are easily overcome. Altogether, it shoots wonderfully, and if you are careful to follow Benelli’s instructions, the Super Vinci will serve you truthfully and faithfully, season after season after season.
Breaking in the Benelli Super Vinci
Okay, so you got yourself a great shotgun. It is perfect in every way, but it may not fire everything and anything right out of the box. You, the shooter, you will have to get the shotgun to a place where it is, shall we say, comfortable. Breaking in the Super Vinci doesn’t just mean giving it the ability to shoot any round it is chambered for (except for cheap, low brass shells…), but it also gets the inertia-driven system up to par and gets the springs all springy. In other words, once you take that shotgun out of the box, you still need to put some time and effort into getting it to its optimal functionality. If you want it to shoot like a Benelli should, you need to play an active role in its discipline and education.
So, let’s start at the beginning. Before you do anything, you need to clean and lube the shotgun. You never know what happens to the package when it is on its way to you. The best possible way to ensure a high-quality shooting experience, from the get-go, is by treating your new shotgun as a tool that is still unfinished. It is still in the process of becoming ready. It arrives at your doorstep, you unbox it, and then you need to break it in. As I mentioned earlier, what works best (and what the Benelli reps recommend) is finding the heaviest ammo possible – with the Super Vinci it will be 3″ or 3½” shells – and shoot a few boxes of it. Even if you don’t fire 3½” shells again, using them to break in the Super Vinci is what works best. As far as brass goes – the higher and bigger they are, the better.
Avoid using cheap shells when breaking in your Super Vinci, because it may lengthen the process and cause unnecessary frustrations in the future. You should probably avoid using cheap shells anyway, but even more so during that first period of time. The web is full of stories of people who took their newly-unboxed Benelli shotgun (not limited to the Super Vinci, but all Benellis), and immediately attempted to go hunting with it. With the Super Vinci, some of them reported that it jammed 60-80% of the time. Sorry, guys, that is not the way it works. Obviously, it is going to jam.
You want your Super Vinci to handle itself like a Super Vinci? Treat it with respect and get it some heavy shells, instead of the smaller ones. The Super Vinci will thank you. Its springs will thank you. Its inertia-driven system will thank you. The gun will cycle faster, better, and smoother after that initial break-in period, and it will take whatever you throw at it, as long as it is within the shotgun’s chambering specifications. There is a minimum load capacity, same as there is a maximum load capacity. It just makes sense to break it in with the shells it is designed to shoot, even if you don’t end up shooting them again. Give the Super Vinci what it wants and needs. Any high quality 3″ or 3½” will do. The ones which I can recommend are the standard “go to” shells: Federal Premium Black Cloud, Winchester X Steel, Remington HyperSonic, or Hevi-Metal. I don’t have such eclectic taste when it comes to shells. I go with what is tried and true, and things work out just fine.
Benelli Super Vinci Accessories
Some shotguns and firearms have a ton of factory and aftermarket modifications and accessories. Sometimes, it is justified. Sometimes, it is only tacticool, and serves almost no purpose. When it comes to a shotgun the likes of the Super Vinci, there are a few basic accessories which it helps to have around:
Super Vinci Shotgun Sling
This shotgun is both lightweight and one of the best-balanced shooters out there, but it can also be a pain in the neck to carry, especially for a few days. Do yourself a favor: get a sling for your Benelli. It frees your hands, and it helps you stay as comfortable as you can. You are the one who will be carrying this weapon, so you had better do it right.
Super Vinci Extra Padding
Even if you’re not planning on shooting anything more than 2¾” shells, it is nice to have some extra padding to save your shoulder from any harm which may come to it. Sometimes, bad shouldering technique can cause serious damage to your body. Avoid that by padding yourself a little more. Again, remember comfort, but don’t let it compromise your stance or accuracy. See which recoil pad best fits you, and make sure that your upper body stays healthy and happy.
Super Vinci Shell Carrier
Unfortunately, there is no designated shotgun shell carrier for the Super Vinci. There are many out there, which will fit other Benelli designs, but not one of them is made specifically for the Super Vinci. If you can find one, get it. In lieu of that, perhaps consider purchasing a…
Super Vinci Magazine extension
An extension for the Super Vinci magazine can help you add more firepower to this beast of a shotgun. The higher you go in shell length, the fewer shells you can add. If you plan on shooting high round counts of heavy loads, it is recommended to consult with a gunsmith beforehand, since a barrel clamp may be in order.
So, there you have it – Benelli’s Super Vinci. One of the world’s most powerful, fastest-cycling shotguns ever.