Guns & Ammo Names Benelli Lupo 2020 Rifle of the Year

ACCOKEEK, Md. (November 16, 2020) – The Benelli Lupo bolt-action rifle has been chosen by Guns & Ammo as their Rifle of the Year for 2020. The prestigious award goes to the rifle that exceeds expectations of reliability and quality along with offering the greatest appeal to readers.

“We developed the Lupo rifle with the same enthusiasm and attention-to-detail as we do with our renowned shotguns,” said Benelli Vice President of Brand Marketing Timothy Joseph. “Combining sub-MOA accuracy and innovative features into a chassis-style rifle that can be adjusted for a customizable fit, we created an exceptional rifle with Italian craftsmanship that raises the bar for what a hunting rifle should deliver. We are honored to receive this award and are looking forward to future expansion of the Lupo bolt-action line.”

The annual Guns & Ammo awards are decided by a panel of Guns & Ammo editors, contributors and staff who test and evaluate products for reliability, high-quality and affordability. The panel cited the Lupo’s accuracy, styling and felt-recoil reduction to deliver high performance.

Known for high-quality shotguns, Benelli introduced its first bolt-action rifle in January 2020. The Lupo is loaded with innovative features—including seven exclusive Benelli patents—adding up to a hunting rifle that handles beautifully and provides a truly customizable fit.

This sub-MOA rifle achieves repeatable, consistent accuracy thanks to a precision CRIO-treated and free-floating barrel, securely bedded (steel-to-steel) into the alloy chassis receiver. This accuracy is unleashed with a crisp and adjustable trigger. 

In addition to great accuracy, the Benelli Lupo’s design features modular adjustability to provide the perfect fit between shooter and rifle. The chassis-style configuration of a separate stock, receiver and forend allow the shooter to adjust the Lupo to one of 12 drop and cast positions with the included shims. The Benelli Lupo tames recoil with a patented built-in Progressive Comfort system and a Combtech cheek pad.

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