I've owned two, both 28" std. My first one I got six years ago. A friend talked me out of it after two rounds of clays. It did not take me long to replace it. It is the gun I shoot the most and have had the most fun with in 30 yrs. I limited out in two hours with it the opening day of dove season. I can shoot two 100 tgt rounds of sporting clays instead of one. I find that I average dropping 2-3 birds less with it over my twelve. It is worth the difference to me. More shooting, more enjoyable.
The only downside that gets repeated over and over is the cost of the shells. My contention is you do not want to use bargan ammo. More birds have been lost to cheap shells than bad shots.
You compare ammo cost on good quality loads and it is not so bad.
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