Instead, you have voted for the 870 fair and square (and shoved our online editor a bit farther down the knife’s edge of life).
Personally, if I were just out to kill another deer, I’d take the Savage 220. If I were out to rekindle my snuffed spark of romanticism, I’d probably take the Ithaca, too. But I have nothing against the 870, especially the older ones that I own. It was a predictable winner. Chalk, as usual. But it is, after all, an American icon. So, all hail.