I can't say exactly what it is about a SxS . There are some of them that I wouldn't carry across the road , though they are very ornate and finely built . Don't get me wrong , I enjoy handling and inspecting the engraving , wood-to-metal fit , deep blue and color case hardening and more .
Most of the time when I pick up a double I'll hold it in my right hand at the balance point of the gun .I may even walk back and forth in a gun shop with that gun in my hand and down by my side . I want to see how it carries . Next I will mount the gun to my shoulder and see where it is pointing in relation to where I'm looking . Checking to see if the stock and my cheek meet as the rib and bead all blend into a sight picture .
There are several doubles that I would like to own , both cartridge and muzzleloaders . But in being practical , I only NEED one . Many hunters and shooters would probably not even consider owning a double like mine for the simple fact that it was built in Russia . I too had that mindset until I actually picked it up . Before I left that shop I made up my mind that my 870 was for sale .
I'll list a few things that I noticed about doubles.
some are heavy
some are light
they don't rattle
they load deadly quiet
capable of being the best of both worlds when it comes to close in shots and 40 yard shots . FULL CHOKE & MODIFIED
some have screw-in chokes
some have single trigger with a selector button for left or right barrel
some have two triggers,,,want to change to the other barrel ? just move your finger .(don't put two fingers in the triggerguard)
some are plain wood and steel
some are decked out with inlay and artwork
some are affordable
many are not
I admit that I am very fond of mine and never tire from carrying it over ridges and hollers , and I have no sling on it .