By and large, I dislike cheap shotguns, which makes the loss of the Ultra Slug Hunter even harder to take. The USH and a few others aside, cheap guns tend to break more often than better guns. For instance, last season a girl on our trap team bought a new, very inexpensive O/U target gun. The first day she shot it, a soldered joint popped and the side rib came off. She and her father took it back to the store, which gave them another one. The next gun lasted about one practice session until the stock cracked. They took that one back and this time they spent a lot more on a Beretta A400, and the girl has been grinding targets with it ever since without a single problem. I’ve seen forends fall off, sears break, stocks crack, hulls stick and more. While all those woes can befall costlier guns, they happen to the cheap ones a lot more frequently. On the whole I believe “buy once, cry once” is the way to go, especially when we’re talking about a purchase that will last two or three generations. That’s a long time for tears to dry.