Benelli Lupo Bolt-Action Rifle: Field Tested

With the Benelli Lupo .30-06 in hand — the company's first bolt-action rifle — Nebraska was the perfect place for some November testing.

Benelli Lupo Bolt-Action Rifle: Field Tested
While the author didn't connect with a whitetail on his hunt, Benelli's Tim Joseph tagged this Nebraska trophy with the new Lupo bolt-action rifle. Photo courtesy of Jake Latendresse

Settling into the blind, my home for an all-day sit in chilly late November, it was easy to let my hunter’s mind race as I clutched my Benelli Lupo bolt-action rifle chambered in .30-06.

I was in western Nebraska, a mixture of rolling prairie country and North Platte River bottoms that is home to an amazing array of Great Plains wildlife ranging from pheasants to ducks to mule deer to whitetails.

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