A well-made bolt-action rifle is a thing of beauty, and the Benelli Lupo family of bolts has proven itself as a versatile platform. Now, Benelli is expanding the family by adding bolt-action rifles with walnut stocks chambered in 308 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield. The newest additions to the Lupo line are designed and manufactured according to the company’s strict dedication to quality control. These rifles are a stellar option for target shooting and hunting alike.
Benelli introduced the Lupo line of bolt-action rifles in 2020, and it immediately gained a following. The Lupo is popular for its innovative engineering design and out-of-the-box aesthetic, not to mention its performance on targets down-range. According to the gun maker, the Lupo is capable of delivering fantastic point-of-aim/point-of-impact performance similar to what you’d expect from a specialty custom rifle. This is a bolt-action rifle that outperforms the shooter’s expectations right out of the box.
Fans of the 308 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield will be pleased with Benelli’s broadening the Lupo lineup to include those as two new calibers. The newest models will feature the company’s beautifully presented AA-Grade satin walnut stock, which has a well-crafted classic look. Other calibers offered in the walnut stock are 300 Win Mag and 6.5 Creedmoor. As for the new rifles, both are being offered with Benelli’s proven 22-inch Crio-treated barrels. These rifles also have the Benelli Surface Treatment (BE.S.T.) for superior protection against corrosion, rust, and wear and tear. The BE.S.T. treatment comes with a 25-year warranty.
The Benelli Lupo has a modern chassis system that hosts numerous features designed to enhance both comfort and precision performance. Features include a free-floating barrel which is attached to a hardened steel barrel extension. The barrel is then bedded to a steel block in the alloy receiver for durability and accuracy. The bolt of the Lupo has a trio of locking lugs and a 60-degree throw for smooth cycling and manipulation.
And, of course, there’s the gun’s adjustable trigger with a range between 2.2 to 4.4 pounds, so the shooter can adjust pull weight according to their personal preferences and needs. Benelli states the trigger has a crisp break and is made to facilitate the reduction of shooter-induced shot disturbance. The Lupo system is guaranteed capable of three-shot, sub-MOA accuracy.
Features of the Benelli Lupo include:
New 308 Winchester and 30-06 Springfield chamberings.
AA Satin Walnut stock.
Picatinny rail over the receiver for easy mounting of optics.
Trigger adjustable between 2.2 and 4.4 pounds.
Trigger adjustable for reach.
Combtech cheek pad to reduce felt recoil and help the shooter get a proper cheek weld.
Integrated swivel mounts for aftermarket accessories.
Detachable box-style magazine.
Stock spacers for adjustable length of pull.
MSRP for the Benelli Lupo in 308 Winchester or 30-06 Springfield is set at $2199.00.
Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.