$150 isn't crazy high, and if you WANT it the price sounds fine. I hear you about
16 gauges-----I've currently got 5 of them. Least I paid for one was $50 for a
great mechanical but cosmetically challenged Remington Sportsman 58 auto. Most
was around $600 for #51 of 500 when Ithaca re-introduced the 16 ga model 37 in the late 90's.
You do have a point about buying a 12 ga for a knock-around gun. Makes a lot of sense,
and ammo is much more available.