Vinci: raised rib, red front and small silver center bead
A5: flat rib, red front bead and large white center bead
Vinci: In-line Inertia
INTENSITY CAPABILITY W/O ADJUSTMENTS
Vinci: 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
Both 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 A5s perform as marked while the factory choke tubes do not.
The Vinci was the softest shooting, substantially, compared to the A5.
Vinci: front of the trigger guard
A5: back of the trigger guard
Vinci: ComforTech stock system
A5: Inflex Pad
Based on my own experiences, I would rate the respective customer service
departments as follows:
Vinci (Benelli): Excellent.
A5 (Browning): Excellent.
PRICE TO HIGHEST PRICE
The 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.
Weighing nine ounces less and lacking anything but a very good recoil
pad to attenuate recoil, the Browning A5 is a very, very harsh shooting
gun compared to the Vinci. As load intensity goes up, the differences
get bigger and bigger. The Vinci's Comfortech stock scales quite well
with recoil, the A5's stock is conventional.
The 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.
The Vinci has a better
trigger as supplied, better choke tubes (and more of them), and although
it has an obnoxious center bead, it isn't nearly as over-sized, distracting,
and ridiculously large as what comes on the A5.
above slow-motion video clips offer a more detailed look at the A5 "Kinematic
Action" with 1200 fps 1-1/8 oz. target loads. Compared to the Vinci,
the Browning is a bit faster cycling, a largely moot point for hunting.
It seems that Benelli agrees, for they have recently introduced the "Vinci
Speed-Bolt" model. Ejection is very strong, particularly positive
with 1-1/8 oz. target loads and the A-5 bolt closes with authority: less
prone to the "Benelli click." But, shooting the 6.5 lb. A5 is
indistinguishable from shooting any 6.5 lb. fixed breech gun with a good
recoil pad. Lacking the Comfortech stock and weighing .6 lbs less than
the Vinci, the A5 is a real kicker by comparison. It seems that physics
is a very hard thing to exempt yourself from.
Both 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 quickly grab the A5. For a busy afternoon on the dove field or a run
through the closest sporting clays course, the A5 would stay at home and
the Vinci would easily get the nod.
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