New Element Deluxe Autoloader From Weatherby

Weatherby’s new Element Deluxe semi-auto shotgun begins a new line that features an inertia-operated action designed to ensure clean, smooth and reliable performance for round after round of high-volume shooting.

“Our new Element Deluxe semi-auto brings together the signature fit and finish of a Weatherby with the endurance-tested, field-proven performance of the inertia-operated action,” said Adam Weatherby, executive vice president/chief operating officer. “We are proud to introduce Element as another best-in-class product that inspires the dreams of hunters and shooters.”

The inertia-operated action directs carbon and gas out of the barrel, helping to keep the gun cleaner and functioning smoothly. The chamber and bore are chrome lined easy cleaning and greater corrosion resistance. It also features a drop-out trigger system that can be quickly removed for cleaning. Plus, it has an AA grade American walnut stock that features 22 LPI wrap-around checkering.

The Element Deluxe will be available in three gauge options—12, 20, or 28—with either a 26 or 28-inch barrel. The 12 and 20 gauge options have a three-inch chamber, while the 28 gauge has a 2 ¾-inch chamber. No matter the gauge all of the new autoloaders weigh less than seven pounds. The 12 and 20 gauge shotguns feature Weatherby’s Integral Multi-Choke System and come with Improved Cylinder, Modified and Full choke tubes that allow shooters to tailor their shot patterns for specific hunting applications. The 28 gauge offers the Beretta Mobil pattern choke tubes.

Other key features include a ventilated top rib, a fiber optic green bead front sight, a receiver that is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, gloss finished metalwork with the gold-etched Weatherby logo on the side of the receiver, a chrome plated bolt head and carrier and a checkered bolt handle. The Element also has a dual-purpose bolt release, which functions as a means of releasing the bolt forward, and as a way to unload the shells in the magazine safely without cambering them.

    More specifications:
  • Overall length: 46 ¾ inches-48 ¾ inches
  • Length of pull: 14 5/8 inches
  • Magazine capacity: 4 + 1 for the 12 and 20 gauge, and 3 + 1 for 28 gauge
  • Suggested retail price: $1,099 for the 12 and 20 gauge Element Deluxe, and $1,149 for the 28 gauge.

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