Didn't even think about the front band. Guess I didn't pay enough attention to the photo. The shorties typically have the forend cap instead of a barrel band. I guess one could have gone with a dovetailed front sight and skip the ramp to get it shorter without converting everything on the front end to the cap style.
Regardless, a very nice salvage job Gater. And a 444 to boot. That's the way I'd like to get my hands on a 444.
I wish you guys would stop with all these cool calibers. I looked this one up last night, AND NOW THERE IS ANOTHER GUN ON MY WISH LIST! What a cool cartridge. It would work real nice in my neck of the woods.