I have recently aquired a 16" Contender and an NEF Handi, both in 204.
Wow! The muzzle blast with full-power loads in a 16" barrel has got to be ungodly.
This guy says it pulled objects off shelves from 30 feet away....
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
You do not HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You HAVE a body.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.