Dang! You must be an old codger. It was at least 1959/60 before my dad took me squirrel hunting for the first time. I was using a German drilling that he had liberated during the "War".Top barrels were sxs 16 guage over a 8x57jrs rifle barrel.I'm an old codger who first began hunting with an ancient single barrel back in 1958.
No class.SxS shotguns are now so outdated that people hold reenactments to have an excuse to use them. Makes sense.
No class? Well that's a bit of a stretch. I'll admit, I don't don a tweed vest and take an elevenses break on a morning driven hunt, but I can certainly recognize a nice gun when I see it. What you've omitted in your comparison is an over/under which contains all of the positive attributes you mention and then some not that there's anything wrong with wanting a SxS. I own many guns for novelty's sake.No class.
Actually, the SXS is becoming more popular once again. Several Italian, Spanish and Turkey (the country) gun companies are making them. Then of course there are the popular Czech CZ double barrels. The problem is that they are more expensive to build than a pump or semi auto.
The balance and handling qualities of a pump or auto cannot even begin to compare with a good double.
YupI have a Stevens 311 20ga double trigger improved x modified 26” that belonged to my grandfather When I rabbit hunt I wouldn’t leave home without out it The fit for me must be perfect. I wish I had 5 or 6 more just like it. I even patterned it and killed a turkey with it.