The Ethos performed admirably despite a high temperature of 5 degrees with a wind-chill of -20. It cycled a 25-round box of Federal Black Cloud 3-inch, 1 ¼, No. 2’s-15 during the hunt, 10 in a post-hunt function test-without issue.
The new Benelli also seemed to defy its weight-which generally I’d consider too light for a waterfowl gun. Recoil with magnum loads was quite manageable, a testament to the Progressive Comfort stock. Light guns can also feel a tad whippy in the hands, but the Ethos is so well balanced as to counter this tendency.
It’s additionally worth noting that the Ethos has been circulating for 11 months now, without internal cleaning. The action was absolutely filthy with gunk, and ample snow and ice accumulated on it throughout my morning. I would not have faulted the gun for a malfunction-even clean guns jam during January duck hunts-but none came to fruition
Rounds: 25 Federal Black Cloud 3-inch, 1 ¼ ounces, No. 2’s
Event: The Benelli Ethos helped me take an American black duck and two mallards on the final Saturday of the Pennsylvania duck season.
Finally I’d like to remark on the quality of this shotgun’s manufacture. You can tell a lot about a gun based on its fit (parts wise), and the Ethos is quite solid. In fact the gunsmith who processed the transfer informs me it’s among the most nicely fitted shotguns to ever come through his shop.