Since 1993, Benelli’s Super Black Eagle (SBE) shotgun line has been a favorite among waterfowlers, and three decades later, the award-winning SBE hardly needs introduction. For 2023, Benelli announced that it has expanded the lineup of SBE 3 shotguns to provide subgauge shooters with a 28-ga. offering. The new SBE 3 will feature the Benelli Surface Treatment (BE.S.T.).
The sub-gauge craze is running hot, with more hunters choosing the reduced recoil, lighter weight, enhanced maneuverability and the challenge of taking to the fields and marshes with small-bore shotguns. Because of the added interest, the new SBE 3 BE.S.T. in 28-gauge wears a black synthetic buttstock and fore-end and comes with a shim kit to adjust drop and cast, along with a custom-fit case for transport protection. It weighs 5.5 lbs. and comes with a 26” Crio-treated barrel. The longer, 28” version weighs slightly more at 5.6 lbs., empty. A low-profile carbon-fiber sighting rib tops the barrel.
Benelli’s field-proven BE.S.T. is a hybrid Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) and Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) treatment that provides second-to-none protection against corrosion and abrasion. That is a must for sub-gauge fans hunting in the rough stuff. Combine BE.S.T. with features like the Crio flush and extended choke tubes, Crio-treated barrels, the ComforTech 3 recoil mitigating stock, and the energy-absorbing CombTech cheek piece, and shooters get a shotgun loaded with Benelli’s best technologies. MSRP is $2,099. For more details, visit BenelliUSA.com.