The Benelli 828U Sport is a competition gun, built for optimum performance and designed to deliver.
The slick black Sport aesthetic sets it apart from the classic engraving that is normally found on guns in this price range. It is styled for Sport, specifically targeting the competition clay shooter with an athletic and performance focused mindset.
Cast: Right Hand
Weight: 8.05 lbs
It certainly captured my eye and my imagination, I couldn’t wait to take it out for a test shot. Without any adjustment, I (a left handed shooter) unboxed this gun, put it together and headed straight for the Skeet range. Although, the gun came up to my cheek & shoulder comfortably, I could tell that it was off and I adjusted myself to bring my eye in line. The first half of the 25 round of Skeet wasn’t great but once I got a feel for the gun and how it moved, the second half was stronger. From there, I took on some Compak Sporting, shooting a wide range of targets, from quartering, rabbits, loopers, battues, crossers, teal to incomers. The Benelli really showed its ability here, smooth and easy to move, fast but easily controlled with great pointability – the rib is mid rise with an integrated sight channel that draws your eye down to the bead. All of this combined, turned quartering, going away, teal, rabbits and dropping targets into dust. I was really impressed because this gun didn’t even fit me…yet.
Custom Gun Fit
One of the major benefits (that come as standard) of the Benelli 828U Sport is that it comes with the ability to create a custom stock fit using the selection of Drop and Cast shims provided. Finding the fit that is right for you is just a matter of testing and trialling the 40 potential perfect stock fitting combinations. I followed the step by step instructions in the owner’s manual to create my chosen stock fit, based on what my current stock set up is and the combination which matched this. I also adjusted the balance of the gun as I prefer a more evenly distributed weight for my shooting style.
The progressive balancing system (PBS) comes as standard and is placed strategically between the butt pad and the stock. Balancing the Benelli 828U Sport is easy, with the option of 3 additional 12.5 gr weights, you can add and remove weights to achieve your desired balance. I opted to add all 3 weights to the PBS and was happy with the new balance of the gun.
I was excited to see how much of a difference the gun fit, cast and balance would make to the gun and wasted no time in getting out for a shot on Courtlough’s sporting layout. It took about 8 shots to adjust and from there, it was smooth sailing. The sight picture was so accurate, pointing and shooting was simply effortless, in fact, the only time I missed was due to error on my part not the gun.
There is a distinct lack of recoil from this gun which highlights how smooth it feels to shoot. The internal steel locking system is paired with a steel receiver giving the Benelli 828U Sport a very strong “core” which definitely absorbs some of the felt recoil, as it is minimal.
I used ½ & ¼ chokes and Cheddite Mach 3 & Smart Strike 8’s for what I was shooting, this was the right choke and shot size combination. The Benelli 828U Sport comes with 5 extended chokes, both the 30” barrels and chokes have a cryogenic treatment which results in consistent patterns and more pellets on targets.
At this price range, to find a gun that comes with the intelligence to allow for custom stock fit, a progressive balancing system and precision patterning as standard is unique. All in all, this gun is a little black beauty, enjoyable to shoot with the potential to perform at the highest levels. It won’t be long before it establishes itself as a leading sporting clays competition gun.
Courtlough Winter League 2017
in association with Countryside Alliance
NLSD2017 & CLC's 1st Birthday Bash
We can’t believe that more than 2 weeks have passed since Courtlough Ladies Club hosted National Ladies Shooting Day (#NLSD2017) on behalf of The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club. NLSD 2017 very conveniently coincided with the CLC’s first birthday so there were multiple celebrations on the same day.
Here’s ALL the details…
To say that the day was a HUGE success is an understatement, Nicola & Áine from the CLC put so much effort into making the day amazing, it’s safe to say that Courtlough has never looked so good or pink for that matter. On Saturday June 10th, 30 lovely ladies turned up to take part in National Ladies Shooting Day, some seasoned shots but the majority of whom where complete beginners.
They were greeted with goody bags and a welcoming chat from the CLC hosts before meeting their instructors & making their way to the shooting stands. Once the safety briefing was done, the ladies got stuck into some serious Clay breaking with cheers & rounds of applause following all the hits, some of the lucky ones even hit the flash clays which blew up in a burst of pink smoke. In between their shooting rotation, the ladies wandered over to the bespoke Pink Clay Wall photo backdrop for selfies and memento pictures of the day.
Fieldsports Magazine Selfie Competition
There was plenty of hash tagging and fun to be had between shots with a prize for Best Selfie sponsored by FieldSports Magazine – our very own Áine was the proud winner (we look forward to reading her interview in the coming issue of the magazine). Storm in a Teacup even stopped by in their custom ice cream van, Mabel, to tickle the ladies tastebuds with their delicious desserts, whipped ice cream, Ferrero chocolate sauce, fresh strawberries & whole load of other yummy toppings.
After all the shooting, selfie taking, ice cream eating, it was time for the obligatory Tea & Cake in The Clay Cafe. While the ladies chose from the delicious cakes supplied by Take the Cake, sipped on their tea and coffee, the winners of the Beginner & Intermediate shooting classes were counted along with the winners for the Best Dressed and Best Cake. The prizes (3 NLSD silk scarves, a voucher for Sporting Hares and a beautiful rosette) were then presented followed by lovely recap of the day from Áine & Nicola. After a quick round of ‘Happy Birthday’, the hosts blew out the candle of the CLC’s first Birthday cake and raised a toast of pink bubbly to Ladies Shooting everywhere.
We’re finding it difficult to come to terms with it all being over. Don’t be surprised if you see some pink bunting still hanging up, we’re definitely keeping the Pink Clay Wall anyway.
We are looking forward to NLSD2018 already Ladies but if you’d like to try shooting before then, you can. The next CLC Ladies only shooting event is taking place on Sunday July 23rd and it’s only €30pp.
If you’d like to see more from the day, check out all of the pictures over on the Courtlough Ladies Club Facebook page www.facebook.com/Courtloughladiesclub