Compared: Benelli Vinci and Browning A5
By Randy Wakeman
A5 top, Vinci bottom; Photo by Randy Wakeman.
WEIGHT, AS MEASURED
MAX-4 Camo, 26 inch: 7 lbs., 1 oz.
Hunter, 26 inch: 6 lbs., 8 oz.
TRIGGER BREAK, AS SUPPLIED
Five years, 100,000 rounds
CHOKE TUBES SUPPLIED
Five Crio Plus
Three, Invector DS
Speed Loading and Unloading + Magazine Cut-off
VENT RIB TYPE
raised rib, red front and small silver center bead
flat rib, red front bead and large white center bead
SHELL INTENSITY CAPABILITY W/O ADJUSTMENTS
1 oz. and up, 3 inch chamber
- A5: 1
oz. and up, 3 inch chamber
Note: Both cycled 7/8 oz.
Winchester white box “Super-Speed Loads” as tested.
printed well-centered patterns at 40 yards with B&P USA F2 Legend
1-1/8 oz. loads. Both shot a couple of inches high at forty yards. The
Browning needs replacement chokes right away, the Trulock Precision Hunter
chokes on my A5's perform as marked, while the factory choke tubes do not.
Vinci is substantially softer shooting.
front of the trigger guard
back of the trigger guard
ComforTech stock system
- A5: Inflex
Standard bore, chrome-lined, cryogenically treated
Browning oversized bore “Invector DS,” lengthened forcing cones
CUSTOMER SERVICE (Based on my own experiences)
LOWEST PRICE TO HIGHEST PRICE
lowest-price configuration available for any of these two shotguns would
be the three-inch chambered version Vinci black synthetic at $1359 MSRP
vs. the A5 Stalker at $1399 MSRP. Vinci Supersport models retail at $2199,
the A5 Ultimate retails for $1909.99.
nine ounces less and lacking anything but a very good recoil pad to
attenuate recoil, the Browning A5 is a harsh shooting gun compared to the
Vinci. As load intensity goes up, the differences get bigger and bigger.
Vinci's Comfortech stock scales quite well with recoil, the A5's stock is
Browning A5 Hunter is a far more attractive gun, with better
shell-handling (speed-loading), far better safety design and placement and
also appeals to those who prefer a flat rib versus the elevated rib of the
Vinci has a better trigger as supplied, better choke tubes (plus more of
them) and, although it has an obnoxious center bead, it isn't nearly as
over-sized as what comes on the A5.
are in the same price category, that isn't much of a factor. A new A5 will
quickly set you back the cost of a trigger job, however, and some
aftermarket chokes to make it usable. It is more fun to carry than a
Vinci, but a lot less fun to shoot. The A5 has a better magazine capacity,
4+1 vs. the 3+1 of the Vinci. The A5 Hunter, in my view, is a
softer-shooting and more versatile alternative not to the Vinci,
but to the Benelli Ultralight (6 lbs., 3 oz. as tested with a 24 inch
barrel). The Benelli Ultralight has a MSRP of $1669. A way to explain it
is by personal preference. If I was going pheasant hunting tomorrow, I'd grab
the A5. For a busy afternoon on the dove field or a run through the
closest sporting clays course, the Vinci would get the nod.