Best ever? I don't know I have'nt shot very many. I have always used my Dad's 16 ga sportsman 48 rem. 26" improved,at 6 1/2 lbs and I don't think I'll need another. I am also in love with the sweet sixteen but it is heavier than my 48. I have another 20 ga I sometimes carry but the sixteen is the goto gun. If you want an auto you can't go wrong with it.