O.k. This has gotten to the point of taking sides here. I have gotten everyone to agree with whatever you say, so pressure is on you. For hunting, I say vent ribs are pointless extra weight. I feel I shoot my 1100s better with plain barrels. Better balance and pick up and see target better too. Others say if vent ribbed barrels aren’t much better than plain barrels, shotgun makers wouldn't go through the trouble and expense of putting them on every gun, including economy guns. Manufacturers today are always looking to cut corners so if it isn't necessary for good shooting guns, shotguns such as the Remington Express would have plain plain barrels. I think high-end makers should consider ventless barrels as an option for their field guns. I’m tired of being called crazy … unless I am crazy.