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All The B.E.S.T.

A new metal finish and a wood stock make Benelli's Lupo a better-looking, harder-hunting rifle.

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A well-known player in the shotgun world, Benelli turned heads in 2020 when it released its first- ever bolt-action rifle, the Lupo. Lupo translates to “wolf”
in Italian and represents the nation’s fiercest predator. Though its looks aren’t necessarily traditional, my ex- perience with the rifle is that it is both highly functional and user-friendly. For 2022, Benelli has released an upgraded Lupo called the BE.S.T (Benelli Surface Treatment) that adds new features and options. 

I have some history with this design. I was fortunate enough to be one of a group of writers who traveled to South Africa with the Lupo alongside Benelli employees in 2019, several months be- fore its public launch. Due to the volume of game that we took, through traditional hunting and during a drought-related culling operation, we each got several big game seasons’ worth of experience with the rifles. They held up to hard use and abuse, and each example was reliable and accurate. Like the rest of the group, I was very impressed by the rifles and their performance. 

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