like most people have said, it comes to a personal preference, what feels right, what price is right etc. I wanted a gun that will kill anything from quail, chukkar, pheasant, duck, goose, dove. I am only 5'6", and prefer a quicker swing, so I went with a 26" barrel on a Benelli Nova. It has a synthetic stock, Max 4 camo, vented barrel, 3 choke tubes, holds the world record in most clays broken in one throw, and is a benelli for 320.00. For my money that's hard to beat.