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Benelli Inertia, Cleaning?

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Hey everyone,
Well as usual, I am looking at different times of guns, and on american shooter today, I saw the benelli m1 inertia system and the guy talked about it.
I didn't want a semi-auto for one fact, that you have to clean it so much, so I started looking at used over unders.
But my question is, does the benelli m1 field (with the inertia system) still need as much cleaning as a typical m1 tactical or can I shoot for more rounds?
and any opinions about maybe using this for trap, 5 stand, doubles and wobbles?
Jason Winn
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The Benelli M1 is a field gun and with the fiberglass stock is not readily modified to clays games. It can be done but requires some extra work based on the particulars of the hollow stock there are some recoil pad makers have made some adapters.

Part of the cleanliness issue will be based on the shells and powders that you use and conditions. Cheap shells tend to burn dirty, with lots of unburnt powder and residue. Better powders and shells have less. In AR when it is dry the field and road dust can get everywhere inside a gun and I've learned to shoot a dry gun or one with less oil.

Two areas of concern with the M1 are:
1) the area where the rotating bolt contacts the barrel. If there is debris in the slots the bolt will not rotate into battery and the gun will not fire as the firing pin will be too far from the primer.
2) the recoil spring assy in the stock. This spring/piston assy needs to be kept free from debris or it can slow the cycling of the shells, especially light dove or target loads.

So, in my personal experience I can shoot 100-500 target rounds depending on the conditions and shells used before needing to really check everything, you could shoot either a sporting clays course or a trap tourney with no problem. One of the nice things about the Benelli is that the bolt assy can be disassembled, cleaned and put back together in no time. You can use a Q-tip to clear the rotating bolt slots or some break/engine cleaner. And some spray oil in the back of the receiver and move the bolt back and forth several times to keep that spring moving freely.

One thing that you will notice is that the recoil is different than either an o/u or a gas operated auto, its just feels different.

I have thousands of rounds through mine, from targets, dove, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons, and some blue sky. It works well for sporting clays and 5-stand, but the comb and rib arent right for me for trap and a high gun hold.

And even though I CAN not clean it I tend to break it down anyway, old habits are hard to break.
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I've got the Benelli Legacy and my girlfriend has recently acquired a Montefeltro Short Stock 20 ga. Mine has about 3000 rounds through it and hers has about 450. One of the things I liked about the guns is the inertia action, and how it relates to cleaning. While it does "need" to be cleaned, the process is not nearly as time-consuming as cleaning a gas-operated gun. I routinely take mine down to the trigger group, although it does not routinely need it. The disasembly and cleaning is very quick and easy, even to the degree of cleaning the bolt assembly down to the springs and pins.

All in all, I could not be happier with the gun, nor my girlfriend hers.

Hope it helps!
thanks guys, I really appeciate the replys.
It seems the inertia system would be perfect, since I can't afford a nice o/u, and I dont want to bother with cleaning a gas cylinder, but it seems as you said more of a field gun.
I have a question though, exactly how hard is to clean the gas cylinder? Like thats one of the major guns of semi-auto shotguns, but is cleaning the gas cylinder over rated or is it really a pain in the butt?
sactrapshooter said:
I have a question though, exactly how hard is to clean the gas cylinder? Like thats one of the major guns of semi-auto shotguns, but is cleaning the gas cylinder over rated or is it really a pain in the butt?
The difficulty in cleaning a gas semi is highly overrated. It gets dirty, but nothing a few pieces of old tee shirt won't take care of. Worst case, pick up a parts washer and toss the gas piston into it when you're done shooting. Viola, clean as a whistle with minimal work.

I think people convince themselves and others that cleaning a semi is hard, and use that as a justification to go out and buy that $1500 O/U they really want... :)

-- Sam
SamL - I think you hit the nail on the head :) I'm guilty of that myself...
Have both gas guns and 3 benellis and prefer the benellis hands down. Both systems have merits. The bottom line is you are most likely going to fit the gun into your budget, not the other way around- especially to start.

Find the best gun you can afford and then buy the next grade up in quality, you won't regret it. You will forget about what you paid for it after a while and having a gun that jams is a long road to go down. Do yourself a favor and stretch the budget slightly and then shoot a lot!

Good Luck. :lol:
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