Benelli Cordoba

Description

The Benelli Cordoba is a semi-automatic hunting shotgun chambered in 12 gauge and 20 gauge. According to Benelli, the Cordoba was specifically designed for endurance hunting of doves in Argentina. So the Cordoba designed it so shooters could shoot comfortably all day long.

Benelli added two specific features to reduce recoil: a ported barrel and the ComforTech stock. The porting holes are near the muzzle and allow propellant gases to release slightly early in turn draining some of its energy, so when the gas cycles back to push the bolt to the rear (recoil), it won’t be as bad. The ComforTech stock uses a gel recoil pad that cushions and disperses what’s left of the backwards force, so it isn’t focused on one spot. Also the stock itself is designed to absorb and interrupt the force by aligning cushions diagonally through it.

Otherwise it has a vent rib barrel with a mid bead and red bar front sight. It is available with either a 28″ or 30″ barrel in black or real tree camo.

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Specifications

12 Gauge
Capacity: 3
Sights: Vent rib with mid bead and red bead front sight
Features: ComforTech recoil pad<br />Synthetic stock also available with pistol grip (adds 0.15 pounds)
Gauge: 12 gauge
Stock: Synthetic/black<br />Synthetic/MAX-4
Scope: Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Type: Semi-auto
Chokes: Cylinder<br />Full<br />Improved cylinder<br />Improved modified<br />Modified
Website: http://www.benellius…
Weight: 7.2 pounds<br />7.3 pounds
Barrel Length: 28"<br />30"
Length of Pull: 14.375"
Overall Length: "<br />49.6"<br />51.6"
Drop at Comb: 1.375"
Drop at Heel: 2"
Bore: 2.75"<br />3"
20 Gauge
Capacity: 3
Sights: Vent rib with mid bead and red bar front sight
Features: ComforTech recoil pad
Gauge: 20 gauge
Stock: Synthetic/black
Scope: Drilled and tapped for scope mounts
Type: Semi-auto
Chokes: Cylinder<br />Full<br />Improved cylinder<br />Improved modified<br />Modified
Website: http://www.benellius…
Weight: 6.3 pounds
Barrel Length: 28"
Length of Pull: 14.375"
Overall Length: 49.6"
Drop at Comb: 1.375"
Drop at Heel: 2"
Bore: 2.75"<br />3"
MSRP$1949.00

Editor Review

Benelli is known for innovations—the first semi-auto shotgun chambered for the 12 Gauge 3.5" magnum shot shell, an inertia-driven action with only three primary parts; most recently, the “Comfort Tech” system for reducing recoil and the “Crio System” that subjects the barrel and choke to extremely cold temperatures, changing the metal at the molecular level and forging a shotgun that produces tighter, more evenly distributed patterns. Denser, more even patterns translate into more pellets on target, which means more visible hits on the clay course and more birds in the bag.  The Cordoba incorporates all of these Benelli innovations into a shooting system specifically designed for high-volume shooting hence the allusion to the dove fields in Cordoba, Argentina, where shooting is measured not by the number of shells but by the number of cases of ammunition shot per day.

A cross-blend of the best elements from Benelli’s hunting and sporting shotgun lines, the Cordoba features their inertia-driven action, comfort tech recoil management system, crio-treated barrel and choke, a tapered 10mm rib, and barrel porting that tame up to 3" shells in both 12 and 20 Gauge models. The main advantages of this system? A lightweight, easy-pointing gun that is at home on the range, in the duck blind, or on the dove field. The inertia system eliminates excess bulk in the fore-end, as there are no springs or gas valves. The action is easily disassembled for cleaning lacking excess parts that could give you fits getting a toothbrush around. A few turns of the fore-end cap, a gentle tug for removal of the barrel and a slight invert of the stock to slide the bolt out of the action is all it takes to completely disassemble the gun. The extended crio chokes make it easy to exchange on-the-fly for varying shooting scenarios, such as a change in the birds’ flight pattern or a different station on the sporting clays course.

For those that love a beautifully configured wood stock, you’ll need to choose another gun, as the Cordoba in its 20 and 12 Gauge flavors have only two choices- black or Realtree Max-4 synthetic. There are two reasons for this—one, this gun is meant for hard use under extreme conditions, and wood generally doesn’t hold up as well, and, two, the comfort-tech recoil system requires the entire stock to flex, something that is just not possible with a wood stock.

In this hunter’s opinion, Benelli’s engineers have scored another home run with the Cordoba, a fast, easy-kicking, great all around gun for the field or the range.