You had me at "Ritz cracker thrower." I gotta get one. lolJim,
It's just a different tool. You are correct in everything you said. Larger and more forgiving pattern and the ability to shoot inside of a barn without putting holes in the roof. Effective range is not that far, probably 30-40 feet, I'm guessing. It is not as loud as a .22 long rifle and the new pellet guns are pretty loud anyhow. Plus we have a few of those and I wanted something different. I actually still have the my original Winchester .177 caliber I got when I was about 10 years old and killed a chipmunk with it last year.
Another cool thing about this Henry smoothbore, is that I will be able to shoot those big bumblebees when they are flying around the barn. Also someone makes a Ritz cracker thrower that would be a fun time with this gun. Maybe even flying grasshoppers?
Check out some of the YouTube videos and you will see why I wanted a smoothbore.