Beretta 486 Parallelo SxS 20ga 28" For the special person that wants those feelings of yesteryear's what better then the 486 Parallelo
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Category: Beretta Shotguns - SxS - Shotguns - Italian Double
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Beretta now offers the Parallelo in 12, 20 and 28 gauges. 12 and 20 gauge guns are available with a straight hand (English) stock and splinter fore end, or a pistol grip stock and beavertail fore end. 28 gauge guns are stocked only in the English style. Pricing is the same, regardless of gauge or stock style.
The 486 Parallelo is neither a basic, entry level field gun, nor a top of the line bespoke gun. Rather, it is produced on the most advanced CNC robotic machinery, incorporating most of the features of a fine double gun. It could be considered a competitor of the previously reviewed F.A.I.R. Iside Prestige, or the Merkel 47E double guns.
Surprisingly, the barrels are not made with the monoblock construction used in most previous double barreled Beretta shotguns, whether O/U or SxS. The Triblock technology barrels are cold hammer forged of special alloy steel and struck full length, including the chambers. The lumps are joined to the barrels at the breech end by what appears to be a short, thin, through lump that includes about half of the width of the barrel flats. The remaining length of the barrels is joined by the top and bottom ribs. This system eliminates the welding lines typical of Beretta's normal monoblock barrels and, according to Beretta, also makes the barrel unit stronger.
The Guns and Shooting Online staff have been looking forward to reviewing a 486 Parallelo. Being big fans of traditional SxS upland guns, we requested our test gun in 20 gauge with an English style stock.
The mechanical features of our Model #J486S28 20 gauge test gun include a sculpted frame, 28 inch barrels, three inch chambers, interchangeable choke tubes, single selective trigger (SST), selective ejectors (SE), automatic tang safety, gravitational drop safety, Turkish walnut straight hand stock and splinter fore end with an Anson push button fore end latch. The checkered walnut butt plate is an attractive touch.
Here is what the Beretta marketing people say about their new double gun:
"With the 486 Parallelo, Beretta has reintroduced the side by side shotgun in their lineup. Rather than giving an older model a face-lift, we have redesigned the action, springs and trigger-group, as well as the outward appearance of the shotgun. This is a shotgun designed to be as classic as possible to the outside, while incorporating materials and engineering features that make it orders of magnitude more durable than anything made 100 years ago. A true statement of classic taste, the 486 Parallelo is the perfect shotgun for the gentleman (or lady) hunter."
"Hunters truly knowledgeable in classic shotguns immediately associate a round action with hunts in the Scottish highlands at a time when group hunts of this kind were important social occasions, as well as sporting outings. Holding the 486 Parallelo and seeing its action will also evoke this association. Its round action contains only very few straight lines, and looks like it has grownanically together with the stock into something harmonious and beautiful. To the outside, the lines of the action are also complemented by English-style scroll engraving, which also extends to the top lever and trigger-guard.
Model: 486 PARALLELO
Serial Number: DB03522A
Weight: 6lbs - 4.6oz